India is a land of rich history and cultural heritage. From north to south and east to west, there are many places to visit in India. Due to this it makes international tourism appeal large and diverse. It has sublime architectural wonders like Taj Mahal and the stone carvings of Ajanta and Ellora. And also many other monuments present in India. India presents heritage and cultural tourism.
Many tourists come to India from different parts of the world to see our places, monuments, architectural wonders etc. But they return back to their homes with some dissatisfaction. The problem is lack of facilities like trained guides to tourists. Because of these guides, who changed these places in to money minting machines!
But there is an end to this problem. Here comes the solution, which is Gautam Shewakramani’s AudioCompass. AudioCompass started in 2011 as a startup that offers audio and multimedia tour design and development, site operations to tourist destinations. It is a company that directs to makes our heritage available to all through the use of audio guides.
So, AUDIOCOMPASS is an application that acts as an audio guide, when you move for a tour.
The conflux of entrepreneurial mind and technology can create amazing products and that is what AudioCompass. This company makes standalone audio guides and tour apps for smart phones.
Today the company has audio guides for Agra fort, Taj Mahal, Khajuraho, Sanchi, Mumbai (heritage district and Bollywood homes), Salar Jung museum, Mahabalipuram, Mysore, Varanasi, Goa and many more.
Please do visit this link for more information: http://www.audiocompass.in/tours/
Impact on users:
Mostly, when they started this application 90% of the users were foreigners. But now, audio compass want to target Indian customers. The company has claimed to have served over 1,00,000 customers as of may 2013. This app renders you to travel alive by changing your smart in to personal tour guide. This app is available at a reasonable cost so that everyone can afford. It costs 1/10th of the price you would pay for tour guide. It is of good audio quality, it provides with the complete history of the place with photos. Once you have the app, you can use it again or use it for your memories. This app can become an essential part in the tourist’s tool kit.
This application is available in many languages depending on the site we prioritize the languages. For example – Taj Mahal audio guide is available in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, French, Spanish, German and Italian. This audio guide is currently available as a paid app on Google play store and i Tunes app store. It is accessible on ios and android based phones.
AudioCompass has been recognized as the official audio tour partner by the government of India, ministry of tourism and several other UNESCO sites.
Similar apps like audiocompass are listed below:
- Hear Planet: World Audio Guide
- My Tour India
- India Tour Guide
Mobile travel guide startup audiocompass has recently got US$ 400,000 fund from a group of investors like Blume ventures and Urrshila kerkar, a veteran in the travel industry. The audiocompass company told that it will use these funds to expand its destination coverage and improve its products development.
Gautam Shewakramani (CEO and Founder of AudioCompass)
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from college of engineering, university of Notre dame where he double majored in computer science and film. He did his post graduation MBA from the MIT Sloan School of management. He is a co-founder of Ras Maestros, a technology startup in the hand held multimedia guide business. He previously worked as a strategy consultant at Deloitte consulting and at deutsche asset management.
Pariket Doshi (CMO of AudioCompass)
He has done his graduation BE in computer systems in 2008 from university of Mumbai. Then he joined as a systems engineer at Infosys technologies for 2 years. After that he joined as a Sr. Executive in First water for 1.3 years, where he created strategies for brands across multiple platforms. Pariket Doshi holds the authority of keeping consumers happy.
Chhavi Sachdev (Creative Head at AudioCompass )
She completed her graduation in B.A in psychology and literature from king college and post graduation in M.A journalism from north eastern university. She formerly worked as a radio journalist in Europe and America, as a radio host and edited a magazine and lots more to tell about her. She assigns writer for our tours, edits the script and works with voice over artists, sound engineers to make the stories came alive. In order to bring the stories of India to your ears.