Getting started with BLE development for Android – Paresh Mayani @ADD15

In the current era of wearable products, all the products are coming with Bluetooth Low Energy feature, so called BLE. Some of the wearable products are doing amazing in the market, which are Android Wear, FitBit, Runtastic. All of these fitness devices measure data using their tracker device and then later it communicates with the connected handheld devices through BLE. Beacon is another cool technology which is dependent on BLE, so knowing about BLE is necessary! During this talk, I will be exploring about BLE, terms being used in BLE APIs, connecting BLE devices, difficulties/issues, possibilities, usage of BLE in android applications and many more things!

This session, broadcasted Live on Butterfly TV, took place in Android Developer Days 2015


Britain’s Gatwick Airport presently has 2,000 beacons for indoor navigation

Sophisticated indoor environments similar to airports and department shops can be quite a nightmare to find your way around. And while Google is seeking smartphones with 3D sensors as one possible solution for places GPS won’t correctly reach, another approach is to kit out an interior with a number of Bluetooth beacons – giving smart phone users located-locked pings to fix onto to find out where they’re.

The UK’s second busiest air-port, Gatwick, has picked the 2nd solution to power an indoor navigation system it’s launching as an element of a wider, multi-year transformation program.

It’s currently finished providing its two terminals with roughly 2 Thousand battery-powered beacons guaranteeing that digital map users will get a more precise blue dot as they stroll around. The beacon system will likewise be employed to power an augmented reality wayfinding tool – to make certain mobile users will have the ability to be guided to precise locations in the terminals using on-screen arrows. The beacon system is slated as supporting positioning with +/-3m accuracy.

Gatwick is going to integrate indoor positioning into some of its applications, and says it’s in discussions with airlines to take advantage of it for their own applications and services – giving example of them having the capability to send push notifications to warn people if they’re running late, or even settle on if they should wait or offload luggage so an aircraft can take off punctually.

Stores and other third parties will likewise be able to use the system for proximity detection of potential buyers and push marketing messages – at least to those who’ve signed up to receive them.

Gatwick says it will not be gathering up any personal data with the beacons but says “generic information on ‘people densities’ in different beacon zones” will be employed to assist in improving airport operations – including queue measurement, streamlining passenger flows and cutting down obstruction.

The airport has worked with UK startup company Pointr on the system. As well as developing software and managing the system on an ongoing basis, Pointr provides an SDK with support for 3D AR wayfinding as a way for third parties to tap into the functionality.

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