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Terabyte Wins Malaysian Aquarium Project

Terabyte Wins Malaysian Aquarium Project

Auckland based Terabyte Interactive has just been awarded a contract to develop a number of interactive kiosks and other multimedia components for the Kuala Lumpur Aquarium.

Aquaria KLCC is designed to be a highly interactive aquatic exhibition, focusing on both education and entertainment. Located in the lower levels of the soon to be completed Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre the 60,000 ft2 aquarium is expected to attract over 1.5 million annual visitors and is scheduled to open in Q2 2005.

Terabyte has been contracted to develop a kiosk engine platform and a number of productions that support Aquaria’s Main Journey and its various interactive Discovery Zones. The Main Journey features over 5,000 animals from 150 different species. Kiosks will allow visitors to get a more intimate view of the various animals on display with in-depth biological and environmental information, video and images providing an engaging and informative educational experience.

Throughout the Aquarium various Discovery Zones allow visitors to explore other aspects of marine life and ecology that may not be able to be featured in the Aquarium’s tanks. Terabyte will develop a number of Encounters that explore the fascinating worlds of whales and dolphins, deep sea creatures such as the giant squid and many of the weird and wonderful creatures found in the deepest parts of the ocean.

“The Discovery Zone will promote Malaysia’s rich and diverse ecology and marine life,” said Mr. Terry O’Boyle, Chairman of Aquawalk International. “It will educate visitors on all aspects of ecology, nature and the environment – its evolution, current state and the importance of its preservation. This learning experience will continually change and improve to ensure Aquaria is not only a must–see experience, but also one that encourages visitors to keep coming back.”

All of the interactive kiosks will be connected to a centralised content management platform based on Terabyte’s Dynamic Web™ CMS engine but the system will also be configured to run independently of the network to provide failover protection in the event of server or network failure.

“We’re obviously delighted to have been selected to partner with Aquawalk on this project”, says Mr Rowan Schaaf, Managing Director of Terabyte Interactive. “New Zealand’s reputation for ground breaking creative capability will only be further enhanced by Terabyte’s involvement in this extremely high profile project.

“Aquawalk has developed a vision for the aquarium that integrates a diverse range of communication media, a concept that Terabyte is very familiar with through its work with both Te Papa and Auckland Museum. ”

About Terabyte Interactive Terabyte is New Zealand’s oldest new media design, organizing New Zealand’s first multimedia conference in 1994 and launching a number of award winning edutainment CD-ROM titles in 1995. Terabyte was also heavily involved in the America’s Cup culminating in the development and launch of Virtual Spectator, widely regarded as one of New Zealand’s most exciting software products at that time. Terabyte is now a full service digital agency providing clients such as HSBC Global, Newscorp, Auckland Museum and Te Papa with a broad range of digital and multimedia products and services. The company continues to break new ground as additional technologies are developed and its commitment to research and development provides its clients with access to the most up to date technologies and digital concepts available. Contact:

About Aquawalk Sdn Bhd Aquawalk Sdn Bhd was incorporated in October 2001 with the sole purpose of developing and operating a world-class cutting-edge aquarium with ‘edutainment’ (education and entertainment) facilities in Kuala Lumpur. Aquawalk is majority owned by New Zealand-based Aquawalk International Ltd (AIL). AIL is an established commercial aquarium developer with 19 years of aquarium development experience.

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