Chimani Announces 5 New National Parks Mobile Apps

Chimani announces a range of products and new features to enhance national park visitors experiences while in the parks.

ChimaniLogo_tagline1The announcement coincides with the celebration of this year’s National Park Week, which runs from April 22-26.

In honor of each of the five days of National Park Week a new park app will be released for each day. The new Chimani mobile apps include Grand Teton National Park, Glacier National Park, Olympic National Park, Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks, and Bryce Canyon National Park.

These, as well as all other Chimani apps, will be available for free on Apple iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon AppStore starting Monday, April 22—the first day of National Park Week.

Each app delivers constantly updated content, detailed maps, ranger-led event schedules, auto touring points of interest, hiking details, restroom locations, free shuttle bus schedules, and breaking news alerts.

Users can also view sunset and sunrise times for the most memorable scenic overlooks, access tide schedules along the coast, review lodging options, and more. Each Chimani app is designed to work without a cell phone signal.

Chimani’s Viewport Augmented Reality Tool
Chimani’s new Viewport tool—a augmented reality viewer available as a $1.99 in-app purchase—allows users to access an entirely new layer of information as part of their park experience.

Chamani_GoogleMkt“Whether it’s the South Rim of the Grand Canyon or Glacier Point in Yosemite, visitors often overlook the richness that surrounds these dramatic viewpoints,” says Kerry Gallivan, CEO/co-founder of Chimani.

“Using Chimani’s Viewport tool, visitors can pan around the scenic outlook and identify points of interest which are often left undiscovered. It is yet another Chimani tool that allows visitors to get the most of their park experience,” says Gallivan.

Cell phone signals are poor and non-existent in most national parks therefore Chimani apps are designed to function without any type of data connection. This ability also applies to the new Chimani augmented reality viewer—visitors can be in the most remote corners of a park and still discover new points of interest.

Crowd-sourced Topographic Maps
Chimani continues its innovation in mobile mapping technology for the outdoors by introducing topographic maps based on data from Openstreetmaps.org—the largest online mapping project in the world. Chimani is now able to produce rich topographic maps which are updated monthly with the most recent data available for park visitors.

“Chimani users are now able to actively contribute to the national park community and help build better geo-spatial data for each of the parks,” says Gallivan.

“A great example of this is Openstreetmaps.org’s user Tomthepom who spent the winter meticulously editing the park data within Grand Canyon. Thanks to Tom, the data found within the Chimani maps is the most detailed and up-to-date available anywhere—digital or print.”

Many visitors don’t realize how often trail data changes so having access to the latest details helps enhance the park experience.

Social-sharing using Near Field Communication (NFC) technology
For the Android versions of the apps, Chimani has introduced a beta feature of a social-sharing tool that uses Near Field Communication (NFC) technology to connect with other Chimani users and share contact information.

chimani1“We modeled this feature after the tradition on the Appalachian Trail of exchanging something with people that you meet on the trail,” says Gallivan.

By touching two Android phones together, the users profile is exchanged using NFC. No cell phone signal is required and when the exchange occurs within a particular park, a unique badge is unlocked between users as a bonus.

Chimani Suite of National Park Apps
The Chimani suite of national park apps include 14 of the most visited national parks in the United States. These include Acadia National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Cape Cod National Seashore, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Glacier National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Olympic National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite National Park, Zion National Park, and the National Parks app—which is a virtual passport tool for all the National Park Service units.

Each of the national park apps delivers constantly updated content, ranger-led event schedules, auto touring points of interest, hiking details, restroom locations, free shuttle bus schedules, and breaking news alerts. Users can also view sunset and sunrise times for the most memorable scenic overlooks, access tide schedules along the coast, review lodging options, and much, much more.

The Chimani apps are available for the iPhone, iPad, Amazon Kindle, and Android devices. They can be downloaded directly from Apple’s iTunes App Store, Google Play, and Amazon AppStore (keyword: “chimani”).

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Chimani, LLC
Located along the rocky coast of Maine, Chimani has become a leading developer of mobile apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android. Chimani is comprised of a small group of developers who are passionate about helping people get the most out their outdoor adventures. Founded by Kerry Gallivan in January 2010, Chimani apps have totaled over 450,000 downloads and rank No. 1 in each of the major app marketplaces for individual parks.

Chimani home_iphones_natlparks2012Chimani is short for the Chimanimani Mountains National Park in Zimbabwe.

Phone: (207) 221-0266

Website: chimani.com

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BookYourSite.com Releases App

BookYourSite.com releases the new online RV directory and reservation app for the iPhone and iPad.

book_your_siteCamping enthusiasts can search for campgrounds that best match their personal preferences and make a reservation directly through the app.

The app accesses the BookYourSite online website database to provide information about park facilities, amenities, rates, pictures, directions, and other valuable facts.

“The difference between our app and others is that ours allows you to set your own camping preferences and store your profile on the iPhone or iPad,” said Jim Amadio, president of Mission Management Information Systems and the creator of BookYourSite.

“The app will rank the available parks based on your preferences ensuring an ideal camping spot. Once you’ve made your choice, you have the option to securely book your reservation online directly through the app.”

Campgrounds that subscribe to BookYourSite can provide rates, availability, and amenity details to the app in one of two ways.

BookYourSite integrates with Campground Manager, a front desk property management system, pulling data directly from the park’s database. It can also be configured to work in a stand-alone mode, if an alternate front desk system is used. This enables the app to provide up-to-the-minute pricing and availability for any campground selected.

BookYour Site screenshot
BookYour Site screenshot

“We’ll be spreading the word about the BookYourSite app to RVers and campground owners at upcoming RV shows and state association conferences,” said Peter Kearns, vice president of sales for Mission Management.

“We are providing a convenient seamless way for the camping consumer to book anytime, anywhere. We expect this to translate into additional business for our parks.”

The app is free and is available now through the Apple App store.

Future development plans include increasing the content to include videos and online specials from selected parks.

BookYourSite for Android and other mobile app platforms will also be available soon.

App features include:

  • Detailed park descriptions, pictures, and slide shows available
  • Search by City, State or Province, Park Name, Parks Nearby, and Favorites
  • Sort results by Distance, Alphabetically, Match Percentage, and Bookability
  • Pin point the location of each park found on an interactive map view
  • Lists up to 79 park features, amenities, and accommodation details per park
  • Designate four “must have” amenities that will be predominantly displayed in the park listing for easy viewing
  • Indicates percentage match between personal preferences and park features available
  • Up-to-the-minute rate and availability quotes for all bookable parks directly through the app
  • Make a complete reservation without leaving the app
  • Stores your personal data for quick retrieval during the booking process
  • Keeps a history of all reservations made through the app
  • Displays park membership affiliations, clubs, discounts, payment options, and ratings
  • Email or phone the park directly from the app
  • Links to the park website for even more details
  • Lists nearby attractions and points of interest

The App park listing information is available even without a Wi-Fi connection
Choose between park manager’s directions or use online Apple map directions
Detailed app help available including an easy “How To” video
Works with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

For more information, visit bysres.com.

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BookYourSite

BookYourSite is an online campsite booking portal that allows you to locate, evaluate, and book your campsite/cabin/trailer reservations online directly through the app.

Most parks included on BookYourSite integrate with powerful front desk campground software. This enables the app to provide up-to-the-minute pricing and availability from the campground of your choice.

Website: bookyoursite.com

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MapMuse Announces 2012 Update to State Parks Locator

MapMuse announces a 2012 data update to its State Parks Locator, a popular app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch that connects outdoor enthusiasts with state parks across America.

The app now features nearly 3,200 parks that users can locate, learn about, and contact.

“Over 700 million people in the U.S. visit state parks every year,” says MapMuse owner Mike Pilon.

“We’re hoping the State Parks Locator increases that number.”

Built on an interactive map populated with icons representing each park, the app allows user to browse parks near their hometown or search for ones far and wide.

Tapping a park’s icon loads its profile page, which is packed with helpful visitor’s information such as headquarter contact details, history, main attractions, web links, Wikipedia links, and photos.

Once a user finds a park they’d like to visit, they can get instant in-app driving directions there via Google Maps, or call the visitor’s hotline via one-touch dialing for more information.

MapMuse Web Site State Parks Locator

“The goal of the app is to make it as easy as possible for users to get to these parks,” says Pilon.

Customer feedback to the State Parks Locator has been overwhelmingly positive so far, with over half of the submitted reviews on iTunes awarding it a perfect five-star rating. An increase in downloads is anticipated by MapMuse in the coming months as the weather warms and park explorers look for new places to visit.

Certain interactive features have been included in the app to engage the user base, including the abilities to suggest edits to the map (e.g. park openings and closures), and submit photos and reviews of locations visited.

“State Parks Locator is so much more than just a travel guide or a directory,” says Pilon.

“It’s a park review and photo sharing platform too.”

The State Parks Locator is available for download on the iTunes app store for $2.99.

A Droid version is currently in development, with a projected release coming later this summer.

Park explorers without mobile devices can access a free web version of the app on MapMuse’s website, which contains the same parks and data, but with less functionality (e.g. no mobile driving directions, dialing, etc.).

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MapMuse

MapMuse Web Site State Parks Locator

Reston, Virginia-based MapMuse, an internet and app development company, is an experienced player in the outdoor resource locator market.

MapMuse has been creating leading edge mapping applications for major corporations since 2004, and also operates MapMuse.com which helps more than 1,000,000 visitors a month find places to live, work, learn, and play.

With the incredible growth of mobile internet services, MapMuse is now an iPhone developer offering extremely easy to use mapping applications on Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch devices.

In addition to the State Parks Locator, they’ve developed web maps and mobile apps for National Parks, National Recreation Sites, and National Historic and Nature Areas.

All of these topics can be added to the State Parks Locator map via in-app purchases.

Website: find.mapmuse.com

MapMuse State Parks Locator: find.mapmuse.com/state-parks

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