City audio tour. Main terms.

The city audio tour is designed to accompany tourists while they are sightseeing.
The audio tour suggests a route that passes interesting places in the city. While the tourist is moving along the route, the audio guide is playing the audio story about the nearby places of interests.

The pictures below demonstrate the different ways of representing a tour:

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Tour description

The tour description is the information which is shown in the tour main window of the mobile audio guide. This is the first thing that the tourists see when they open a tour. Based on this information, the tourists will decide whether the tour interests them or not.
The tour description should contain:

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Tour elements

A tour consists of the following elements (observe the images below):

The tourist attractions and navigational stories have trigger-zones (4).

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Tourist attraction

Tourist attractions – a tour’s main object. Features a description, geographic coordinates, and a trigger-zone (one or several).
The description of the places of tourist attraction:

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Trigger-Zone

The trigger-zone is a virtual boundary belonging to a tour element (a place of interest or navigational story). As soon as the tourist enters a site’s trigger zone (1), the site’s story (2) starts playing automatically.

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Tour route

The route is the optimal path (1) to take in order to view each of the attractions on the tour. It is shown on the map, taking into consideration pavements and pedestrian crossings. The tourists see this route via their mobile application and follow it, modifying their journey when necessary.

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Navigational story

The navigational story is an auxiliary element (as a rule, it consists of audio hints) designed to correct the tourist’s movement while following the tour. It reminds the tourists about upcoming changes: turns, road crossings, etc. It features a description, geographic coordinates, and a trigger-zone (one or several).
The navigational story description contains:

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When the tourist crosses a navigational story’s trigger zone (1) the navigational hint automatically starts playing (2). This has the highest priority and can interrupt a tourist attraction story.

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Suffix Story

The suffix story is another type of navigational story. It features only a description. Does not feature trigger-zones.
The suffix story is used in case the tourist needs to be instructed on how to proceed further and it starts playing immediately after the main story. It is not displayed on the map or in the mobile app. It is created from the feature window for the place of interest.

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In the CMS list of tour sites, the suffix story (2) is located under the line where the related place of interest is (1). It cannot exist in isolation from the tourist attraction.

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