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How to Provide Social Distance Entertainment Options As Restaurants Reopen

By | Restaurants, Sports Bars | No Comments

After weeks, and in some cases even months, of takeout- and delivery-only services, restaurants and bars across the country are beginning to reopen for dine-in services. As of today, 39 states have allowed restaurants to reopen for dine-in or are starting to make plans to reopen soon. 

Each state has set their own guidelines for adhering to social-distancing measures and protecting staff and customers, and the guidelines are different for bars and restaurants. 

For example, Texas restaurants and bars are permitted 25% capacity indoors with no limits for outdoor seating. In California, the decision to reopen restaurants is up to each county, and only bars that serve food will be allowed to reopen. And in our home state of Colorado, capacity at restaurants is limited to 50%, tables must be six feet apart and there is an eight-person party limit; bars remain closed for dine-in service.

Customers are of course eager for dining options that don’t originate in their own kitchens, but they’re also looking for the other things that restaurants and bars provide–the less tangible things like environment, community, connection and entertainment. 

They want these additional perks, but not at the risk of their health or safety. Customers must know there are options for enjoying a social experience while maintaining responsible social distancing.  

Our restaurant and sports bar entertainment solutions allow you to serve both of these needs for customers. We offer two key solutions for restaurants and bars:

Local Audio Over WiFi Streaming Solutions

Our AudioFetch local wireless audio streaming technology allows you to broadcast audio from muted TVs to your customers’ smartphones and tablets. No need to gather around a single TV to hear the audio, or even have tables grouped nearby. 

Customers can hear the TV audio anywhere in the restaurant or patio seating by using the free AudioFetch app. This allows everyone to maintain the required distance from others, while enjoying the entertainment, the food and drinks, and the community experience. 

Personal Viewing TV Monitors for Tables

We all remember this common scene at sports bars: groups of customers gathered around TV monitors, rooting on their favorite teams, high-fiving other customers, and clinking pint glasses. To protect staff and customers, this scene cannot happen anytime soon. 

However, you can provide entertainment and some semblance of that same comradery by allowing customers to watch TV with personal viewing TV monitors at each table. Through our partner company Broadcastvision, we offer commercial-grade 19” HD widescreen LED TVs that can be placed on individual dining tables or mounted on the wall in a booth. Customers can select the channel of their choice, or you can choose certain programs to broadcast to all TVs throughout the bar or restaurant. 

We know, we know, there are no sporting events to watch right now, but might we suggest airing Jelle’s Marble Runs! It’s all the thrill and excitement of traditional sports, without the risks to players or crowds. 

If you’d like to learn more about how you can provide entertainment for your guests and maintain safer social-distancing practices, contact us today.

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How to Run Socially-Distant Tours with AudioFetch

By | Tour Guides, Travel | No Comments

Every industry has taken a major hit over the past two months, and that’s especially true for travel and tourism. With shelter in place orders across the globe, tours were brought to a standstill with few, if any, options for driving revenue. 

Now, as quarantine orders are being lifted, tour companies are eager to resume their unique tour experiences and begin generating revenue again. Yet, there are precautions they must now take to ensure the safety of both the tour group members and their staff. 

Requiring everyone to wear masks is a prerequisite. Limiting the number of people in any single tour group is wise. Modifying tour sites and attractions to avoid crowded areas should be considered. But how can people hear the tour guide when everyone must stand at least six feet away? 

Our AudioFetch technology is the perfect solution! Using our FetchExpress portable audio streaming device, tour guides can broadcast their voice to anyone within 300 feet in any direction. This allows for ample distance between tour group attendees, and provides your business with a responsible and marketable advantage. 

How Does AudioFetch Make Tours Safer

Our FetchExpress solution is lightweight, portable and has built-in Wi-Fi, turning the tour guide into a walking hotspot for listeners. Installing and using FetchExpress is incredibly simple, and requires just a few steps:

  1. Install FetchExpress – Turn on the FetchExpress and plug in the microphone. Seriously, it’s that easy!
  2. Download AudioFetch App – Tour members download the free AudioFetch App to their smartphone or tablet, connect to the FetchExpress Wi-Fi network, and launch the app.
  3. Ensure a Safe Distance – Make sure the tour guide and members are standing at least six feet apart and maintain this distance if it’s a walking tour or there’s any movement required during the tour. 
  4. Start the Tour – The tour guide speaks into the microphone and members listen via the app. 

For more stationary tours, or so that entire families can hear together, a bluetooth speaker can be paired with the phone or tablet to extend the audio. 

We also include a free wireless tour guide accessories kit with each purchase, freeing up the tour guide’s hands to point out important sights and ensuring they don’t run out of juice on longer tours. The accessories kit includes a hip pack, a headset microphone, a USB battery, and a battery charger cable. 

As the travel and tour industry begins to reopen, it’s important to take the necessary precautions to protect everyone involved. It’s also important that potential customers know about the measures you’re taking, and feel confident that their health and safety will not be jeopardized during their experience with your tour business.

If you have questions about how AudioFetch allows you to run tours more responsibly, people do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to helping you get your tour business back up and running, and doing so in the safest way possible.

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How to Host a Drive-In Wedding Ceremony

By | AudioFetch News, Weddings | No Comments

You’ve spent months, maybe even years, planning your big day. Booking the venue and all the vendors, picking out the perfect dress and decor, coordinating the ideal day so that as many loved ones can attend as possible, and making contingency plans for weather and other unforeseen events. Finally, all that planning–and the stress and anticipation that goes along with it–is about to pay off. Your wedding day is soon, and you get to celebrate your love with family and friends!

But there’s one unforeseen event that you didn’t plan for (because no one could have planned for it)–a global pandemic. The coronavirus has put all kinds of plans on hold, and forced people into two options: postpone the event to an unknown date in the future, or host the event virtually. 

There’s a third option, however! One that will allow you to keep your wedding date and celebrate in person, but from a safe physical distance. You can have a drive-in wedding ceremony! 

At a drive-in wedding, your guests can listen to the ceremony and your vows while sitting in their cars. All they need is a smartphone or tablet, and all you need is a wireless audio streaming solution. 

Here’s how it works:

  • AudioFetch technology and a router are used to broadcast audio 300 feet in all directions
  • The couple and officiant (maintaining the required social distance from the officiant, of course!) use a microphone, which is plugged into the AudioFetch technology
  • Guests park in the parking lot or field and remain in their cars
  • Guests download the free AudioFetch app to their smartphones or tablets, launch the app and start listening
  • Their phone or tablet can be paired with any bluetooth speaker, making it easier for the entire vehicle to hear
  • Now they can hear the ceremony from a safe distance

We’re working with a number of couples and wedding planners to help them host these drive-in wedding ceremonies, and would love to help you out, too! 

We have three different packages based on the total number of listeners–100, 150 or 250 listeners. All of these drive-in wedding packages include AudioFetch equipment, a wireless router, and ethernet and power cables. 

Our drive-in wedding packages are currently all on sale, and we’re offering an additional $25 off when you use the code: HEARTOHELP25. Click the button below to learn more about these packages and place your order.

If you have questions about our technology or hosting a drive-in wedding, contact us today to discuss your event and which solution is right for you. We look forward to supporting couples and helping to give them the celebration they deserve this year!