An impressive tour of the Holy Rock of the Acropolis and its splendid monuments, just as they were in the 5th century BC, can be enjoyed through the new COSMOTE CHRONOS application, which is offered free of charge to the Greek and global public, via mobile phones and tablets, from COSMOTE in collaboration with the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports.
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The application recreates, before the eyes of the viewers, the scientifically documented virtual digital representations of the Parthenon, the temple of Brauron Artemis and the Chalkotheke (not preserved today), as well as the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, the monuments of the southern slope of the Sacred Rock, such as seen from the Acropolis Museum.
It also presents specific iconic exhibits from the third floor of the Museum, where the sculptures of the Parthenon are displayed.
The users of the application can admire the monuments in their natural size and browse inside them from anywhere, whether they are on the Acropolis itself, or anywhere in Greece or abroad.
On the Holy Rock, the experience takes off, as with the use of augmented reality virtual digital representations are dynamically and accurately projected onto the current image of the monuments, as recorded by the mobile device camera.
The innovation of the application is the digital assistant-guide "Kleio".
Since the mobile device supports and connects to a 5G network, as it requires high data transmission speed and almost zero response time, Kleio can use advanced artificial intelligence to chat with the user in real time, already having the ability to answer more than 10,000 questions about the Acropolis in Greek and English.
It also provides the possibility of a group tour of up to 5 people. In a 4G or WiFi network environment, only automated guidance is possible.
The Ministry of Culture and Sports, with the assistance of COSMOTE and the COSMOTE CHRONOS application, can now provide the general public as well as professional tour guides with a modern digital aid to enrich the physical experience of visiting the Acropolis and at the same time a scientifically reliable educational tool for school and academic community.
The COSMOTE CHRONOS app is available on Google play and the Apple store for Android and iOS mobile devices. It works on the 4G and 5G networks of all mobile providers in Greece and abroad, as well as on WiFi. It is available in 2 languages, Greek and English.
"The symbol of Western Civilization, Freedom and Democracy, the Acropolis and its monuments, combined with modern technology, are becoming more immediately understandable to the general public," said the Minister of Culture and Sports, Lina Mendoni.
"Artificial intelligence and augmented reality serve the grandeur of the Acropolis and its universal character by making a wealth of information digitally accessible to real and virtual visitors.
"For the last four years, we have been implementing a major project for the accessibility of the entire society, to the monuments of the Acropolis. Courtesy of Cosmote and thanks to the Cosmote Chronos app, this accessibility now extends to the digital realm. Real visitors to the Acropolis or virtual visitors anywhere in the world can become sharers of historical knowledge.
"At the same time, they will have the experience of "seeing", in their entirety, some of the most important monuments of the sanctuary of Athena, in their heyday. With this specific application, our cultural heritage opens up to the digital dimension."
For his part, the President and CEO of OTE Group, Mr. Michalis Chamaz noted: "Digital technologies can contribute catalytically to the preservation and promotion of our rich cultural heritage at a global level."
"That is why we created with the cooperation of the services of the Ministry of Culture and Sports, within the framework of the Cultural Sponsorship Agreement, and we make available to everyone free of charge, the innovative application COSMOTE CHRONOS, which uniquely combines artificial intelligence with augmented reality.
"We go back in time and bring the past into the present, creating a digital ark of knowledge for the future. With technology, we make a better world for everyone."