Technologies designed and built that underpin ACMI’s new experiences

Friday, April 30, 2021: 9:00am - 10:30am - - Paper Session

Simon Loffler, ACMI, Australia, Seb Chan, ACMI, Australia

ACMI, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, is the most visited museum of the moving image in the world. In 2019, we closed our doors to reshape our Federation Square building in order to become more public-facing and to house a major new permanent exhibition, The Story of the Moving Image.
As you might imagine, we have a lot of moving images to show, and a lot of fascinating objects to tell people about, all of which can be overwhelming to some audiences. That’s why we designed and built a system called The Lens. Every visitor to the museum can pick up a Lens, which they use to collect objects and media to watch and explore in their own time. The Lens depends on a network of hundreds of Raspberry Pi devices to display media and interact with visitors, all running open-sourced Python code. All these devices need to be robust and maintainable in order to survive the 10-year lifespan of the exhibition.
In this paper, we’ll give you a tour of the technology at ACMI, including our Internet-of-Things fleet and management tools, and XOS, the eXperience Operating System, which provides content and configuration to the devices.