V4 Development launches beacon-based mobile applications for the Science Museum of Virginia

**PRESS RELEASE** **V4 Development launches beacon-based mobile applications for the Science Museum of Virginia**** *Richmond, VA, May 20, 2016* - Richmond-based company V4 Development has launched a groundbreaking Bluetooth beacon-based mobile application that helps visitors navigate the Science Museum of Virginia. The Science Museum of Virginia approached V4 Development in 2015 to build a beacon-based museum application that would enhance the Speed exhibit, opening Saturday. May 21, and also give museum visitors a new experience. Beacons are small devices that communicate with nearby mobile devices using Bluetooth low energy (BLE). The beacons are strategically placed throughout the museum to give users wayfinding, messaging, audio and video push notifications when the user is within a specific distance. The Museum's free app, "The Muse," also integrates with the Speed exhibition in two interactive games: the Light Race and the Communications Race. The user has the ability to interact with these physical exhibits by using their personal phone. V4 Development developed the applications using native iOS and Android languages and incorporating Google App Engine, Compute Engine, and other cloud based technologies offered by Google to provide an auto scaling and reliable API for the mobile app to utilize. The Science Museum of Virginia launched its new website in April 2016, followed by the mobile application in May 2016. [![iOSStore.png](/storage/app/uploads/public/583/485/604/583485604cec6678965022.png)](https://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=1068203708&mt=8) **iOS Mobile Application “The Muse”** [![GooglePlay.png](/storage/app/uploads/public/583/485/722/58348572273e9579843920.png)](https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.v4dev.sciencemuseumofvirginia) **Android Mobile Application “The Muse”** **Science Museum of Virginia Website** [http://www.smv.org](http://) **About V4 Development:** V4 Development is a full-service web and mobile development company located in The Locks in downtown Richmond, VA. V4 Development offers services such as mobile development, back-end and front-end development, UI UX design, creative and security. [http://www.V4Development.com](http://) **About the Science Museum of Virginia:** The Science Museum of Virginia is located in Richmond, Virginia. The mission of the Science Museum of Virginia is to inspire Virginians to enrich their lives through science. The Museum features permanent exhibitions about space, health, electricity and beyond. Established in 1977, it is an agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia and is housed in the former Broad Street Station, built in 1919. [http://www.smv.org](http://)

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