On June 6, 1967, Israeli paratroopers stormed Ammunition Hill (Givat Ha-Tahmoshet), a Jordanian outpost strategically located between eastern and western Jerusalem. Following a fierce battle, the Israelis emerged triumphant that came at a bitter price: 37 soldiers had been killed in the close hand-to-hand combat among the Jordanian bunkers.
Ammunition hill is one of the most important heritage sites in Jerusalem and in Israel today, with many thousands of visitors arriving at its gates every year. The preserved site serves as a memorial to all of the Israeli soldiers killed during the Six-Day War and a place where visitors can come to learn about the battle and get a true idea of the physical history and human sacrifice it involved.
In June 2017, exactly 50 years following the heroic battle that took place right here, and in celebration of the Jubilee to the reunification of the city of Jerusalem, the Ammunition Hill inaugurated a new, modern visiting center that offers a whole new visiting experience, that genuinely simulates the events on the hill that day, with a creative concept and while using the most modern technology means available today.
Acoustiguide was invited to take part in the establishment of this brand-new smart museum, building an overall comprehensive operation that offers a multi-sense, seamless visiting experience for individual visitors and for groups. Such operation encompasses various disciplines resulting in numerous stops scattered around the museum, each one involves multi-screen video shows and surrounding audio, all synchronized and auto-triggered by Acoustiguide's Opus players and group-guiding systems, playing the audio in 6 languages.
Together with the site managers, planners and architects, Acoustiguide staff studied the site and the desired exhibition carefully: what is the desired route of the visitors? Where is each exhibit located? What is each exhibit, what does it include, with ALL exhibits being multimedia presentations?
An Acoustiguide diligent team of technicians covered the whole site with a network of cables seamlessly hidden behind the walls and above the ceilings. The site was then covered with multi-screen shows playing video footages and films playing in a loop. A network of cable-connections provide the power to all its system elements spread through the site and the communication channels between the multimedia screen players and the portable Opus players, resulting with the visitor experience using the Opus player playing the proper audio tracks at the exact synchronization of place and time to the physical location and show. The visitor walks through the site, and automatically his or her Opus player plays the proper soundtrack, in the preferred pre-selected language, and in full synchronization with the show on the screen.
In a site so narrow and condensed with exhibits and screens, implementation and installation of such a system required the most professional skill and experience of the Acoustiguide team to plan, install, adjust and fine-tune the required very-adjacent-to-one-another zones of activation accurately, making sure there is no interference between the zones.
Acoustiguide’s group guiding system is also offered at the museum for the benefit of visitors arriving in groups. The systems are connected to Acoustiguide’s Opus players as well, and this way they allow the guides escorting the groups to combine live guidance with pre recorded audio available in any language.
The new museum has been opened to the public in August 2017.