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The plugin distributes content from a WordPress site to specific locations using NFC-tags, QR-codes or geofences.

pingeb.org is a plugin for WordPress that connects your content to specific locations in the real world. You can distribute stickers/posters with NFC tags and/or QR codes in your town or building and offer location based content. It also supports geofences.

Many different use cases

The plugin manages URLs and refreshes content for NFC-tags, QR-codes on stickers and posters or geofences, making possible a wide variety of time-dependent and location-based applications in public places. Here are just some of the things which can be done:

  • You can promote local artists with samples of their work, as we on Project Ingeborg.
  • You can distribute e-books or songs that are out of copyright or to which you have rights.
  • You can surprise people with a daily YouTube video or a song from Soundcloud.
  • You can post a photo-of-the-day which people can access with their smartphones.
  • You can offer a daily insider tip for restaurants or bars around town.
  • You can introduce developers and their apps and offer links to their pages in app stores.
  • You can promote your own blog or website around town and do all kinds of advertising for just about anything.
  • Stadiums, museums or exhibitions can locate visitors indoor and deliver location-based information.

In other words, you can do a lot with this WordPress-plugin and simple NFC-tags, QR-codes or geofences. Without having to change the stickers or posters you can provide fresh content either at all or at selected locations.

For the end user it’s really simple to use: 1. Switch on your NFC-enabled smartphone and hold it against a sticker or photograph the QR-code. 2. A mobile website featuring the content will then be opened. 3. The song or e-book on offer is then just one tap away.

Workflow

The plugin works in conjunction with the “Leaflet MapsMarker” plugin, which is also available for free. Both extend the functionality of WordPress and are very easy to use. The workflow sequence is as follows: 1. Add locations in MapsMarker 2. Assign URLs to the locations 3. Assign content to each location either individually or in a batch

Twitter integration

You can tweet anytime a user downloads an item from your stickers or the geofence-location. Setup is easy, you only have to register as a [Twitter devloper] (https://dev.twitter.com/).

Maintenance section

A handy tool lets you check for possibly removed or dead stickers or posters.

API

  • A RESTful API gives third-party developers easy access to the location data and download-counts to build on them. A documentation of the API can be found at pep.pingeb.org.

Other Features

  • The plugin generates random URLs for NFC-tags and QR-codes that connect to the content. QR-codes generated within the plugin can be copied easily to any layout program for stickers or posters. Because the plugin supports geofence, it is not even necessary to use stickers or posters.
  • Changing the mobile content (pages in WordPress) for all locations or just one is done with only two mouse clicks.
  • A maintenance section helps you identify stickers that have been inactive for a while and that may even have been removed.
  • Via shortcodes you can easily set up a statistics page that shows, for example, the NFC- vs. QR-ratio or the latest downloads on a heatmap. A counter on your site allows you to display today’s downloads, the total number of downloads and the number of active locations.
  • The “Leaflet Maps Marker”-plugin enables you to automatically generate a map with all your locations on your site. It also permits you to use the locations in an augmented reality app like Wikitude.

Documentation

A detailed documentation can be found on Github at pep.pingeb.org.

We are curious

If you use the plugin, we are curious about your opinion and use case. Please, send us an e-mail: mail@pingeb.org

Requires: 3.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5beta2
Last Updated: 2014-7-29
Downloads: 972

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