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UK’s Gatwick Airport now has 2,000 beacons for in-house navigation
Sophisticated in-house environments for example, airports and departmental stores is often a pain to find your way around. And even while Google is thinking of getting mobile phones with 3D detectors as one potential fix for places GPS won’t accurately reach, another approach is to kit out an interior with many Bluetooth beacons – giving mobile phone users located-locked pings to fix onto to figure out exactly where they’re.
The UK’s second busiest airport, Gatwick, has decided on the latter way to power an indoor navigation system it’s launching as a part of a bigger, multi-year transformation program.
It’s currently completed providing its two terminals with around 2,000 battery-powered beacons guaranteeing that digital map users will get a more exact blue dot as they walk around. The beacon system will also be employed to power an augmented reality wayfinding tool – making sure that mobile users will be able to be guided to specific locations inside the terminals with on-screen arrows. The beacon system is slated as backing up positioning with +/-3m accuracy.
Gatwick is going 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 demonstration of them having the ability to send push notifications to warn travellers if they’re running late, or even consider whether or not to wait or offload luggage so an aircraft can take off promptly.
Merchants and other third parties will also be able to use the system for proximity detection of potential consumers and delivery advertising and marketing messages – at least to those who’ve opted in to receive them.
Gatwick says it won’t be obtaining any personal information using the beacons but says “generic information on ‘people densities’ in different beacon zones” will be utilized to help improve airport operations – just like queue measurement, streamlining passenger flows and bringing down obstruction.
The airport has worked with UK startup company 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 to enable third parties to take advantage of the functionality.
Based on https://techcrunch.com/2017/05/25/gatwick-airport-now-has-2000-beacons-for-indoor-navigation/