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Balboa Park Joins Meridians Mobile-App Platform

  (August 22, 2011)

San Diego, Calif. (PRWEB) August 22, 2011

The official mobile-device guide to Balboa Park is now available through the free Meridian app for Android and iOS devices. Whether you need directions to the San Diego Natural History Museum, Japanese Friendship Garden, or Spanish Village Art Center, the mobile-software app can help you find your way. Offering location-based information and turn-by-turn directions for more than 80 museums, gardens, restaurants, and other attractions, the app also features a daily guide to the parks many events and exhibitions.

Following the success of the Balboa Park iPhone application that had more than 25,000 downloads in its first year, the Balboa Park Online Collaborative (BPOC) began working with Meridian -- whose founders created Balboa Parks first app -- to create an advanced guide for both iOS and Android device users. Meridian launched earlier this year as the first platform for mobile device users to access location-based information and turn-by-turn directions for multiple locations.

The goal of Meridian is to do more than package a mobile version of information from organizations websites, said Kiyo Kubo, Meridians CEO. Rather, we seek to offer helpful tools wherever you are in your visit to a place that only location-aware technologies can deliver. Balboa Park is a perfect fit because of the huge number of attractions located on the Parks grounds.


Meridian is available for free through the Apple App Store and the Android Market.

Features

Events guide: The dynamically updated event calendar is searchable by venue and category. Whether youre looking for a kid-friendly exhibition, a dramatic play, or a new IMAX movie, you can find it in our Meridian events guide.

Attractions guide: Find detailed information about more than 80 attractions, including the world famous San Diego Zoo, award-winning Old Globe Theatre, San Diego Natural History Museum, and The San Diego Museum of Art.

Restaurant guide: Satisfy your cravings by looking up information about all of the restaurants and cafes within Balboa Park. Find the perfect match for your budget and taste.

Maps: View maps of all the cultural institutions, gardens, trails gateways, and restaurants in the Park.

Turn-by-Turn Directions: As with all locations on the Meridian platform, Balboa Park now offers turn-by-turn directions to events and places.

Screenshots available at http://bit.ly/oBGEEB

About Balboa Park Online Collaborative (BPOC)
Founded in 2008 by the Legler Benbough Foundation, BPOC supports 26 cultural institutions in San Diegos Balboa Park. Its mission is to: facilitate and execute a fundamental change in the way museums, cultural arts and science institutions in Balboa Park approach the use of online technology by making online technology an integral part of the way the institutions fulfill their missions, interact with patrons, and collaborate; improve their technology capabilities while reducing costs by bringing organizations with similar needs together on mutually beneficial projects; and allow smaller institutions the benefit of having technology systems of the same quality as larger organizations, who in turn benefit from streamlined expenditures. http://www.bpoc.org /@bpoc_sd

About Balboa Park
Balboa Park is a San Diego must-see, just minutes from downtown, and ranked as one of the best parks in the world. The Park is home to 15 major museums, several performing arts venues, lovely gardens and many other cultural and recreational attractions, including the San Diego Zoo. With a variety of cultural institutions laid out among its beautiful 1,200 lushly planted acres, Balboa Park is the nations largest urban cultural park. http://www.balboapark.org

About Meridian
Meridian is a mobile software supplier of location-based services. Meridian's flagship product is the first mobile phone app platform that engages users with turn-by-turn directions and other location-based services wherever they are in participating locations. Meridian is currently available for visitors of JELD-WEN Field, Powell's Books, Portland Art Museum, Balboa Park and many more customers announcing soon. Meridian has offices in Oakland, Calif. and Portland, Ore. You can learn more about Meridian at http://www.meridianapps.com.

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