BLE OneButton Beacon with Smart Watch

1. Press Button to request “Call”. Call request with table number received by Smart Watch.
2. Press Button to request “Check”; Check request with table number received by Smart Watch.
3. Press Button to request “Menu”; Menu request with order list received by Smart Watch.


Britain’s Gatwick Airport now has 2,000 beacons for in-house navigation

Intricate in-house environments such as air-ports and shopping malls is often a bad dream to find your way around. And even though Google is hunting cell phones with 3D detectors as one potential fix for places GPS won’t precisely reach, another approach is to kit out an interior with a lot of Bluetooth beacons – giving mobile phone users located-locked pings to fix onto to find out exactly where they are.

The UK’s 2nd busiest airport, Gatwick airport, has went for the 2nd way to power an indoor navigation system it’s launching as an element of a bigger, multi-year transformation program.

It’s now finished kitting out its two terminals with around 2 Thousand battery-powered beacons to ensure digital map users will get a more accurate blue dot as they walk around. The beacon system will also be used to power an augmented reality wayfinding tool – making sure that mobile users will be able to be guided to particular locations in the terminals using on-screen arrows. The beacon system is slated as backing up positioning with +/-3m precision.

Gatwick is intending to integrate indoor positioning into some of its apps, and says it’s in discussions with airlines to tap into it for their own apps and services – giving instance of them having the capability to send push notifications to notify travellers if they’re running late, or even consider whether or not to wait or offload luggage so an aircraft can take off on time.

Retailers and other third parties will also be able to use the system for proximity detection of potential buyers and push promotion messages – at a minimum to those who have opted in to receive them.

Gatwick says it will not be gathering any sensitive information via the beacons but says “generic information on ‘people densities’ in different beacon zones” will be used to help to improve airport operations – like queue measurement, streamlining passenger flows and decreasing over-crowding.

The airport has worked with UK new venture Pointr on the system. In addition to developing software and managing the system on an ongoing basis, Pointr offers an SDK with support for 3D AR wayfinding make it possible for third parties to take advantage of the functionality.

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