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

Sophisticated indoor environments for instance, airports and department shops generally is a problem to find your way around. And although Google is thinking of getting mobile phones with 3D sensors as one possible fix for places GPS won’t accurately reach, another approach is to kit out an interior with a whole lot of Bluetooth beacons – giving smart phone users located-locked pings to fix onto to figure out exactly where they are.

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

It’s now completed kitting out its two terminals with around 2 Thousand battery-powered beacons to make certain digital map users will get a more accurate blue dot as they wander 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 specific locations in the terminals thru on-screen arrows. The beacon system is planned as supporting positioning with +/-3m precision.

Gatwick is about to integrate indoor positioning into some of its applications, and says it’s in discussions with airlines to utilize it for their own applications and services – giving demonstration of them having the capability to send push notifications to advise individuals if they’re running late, or even consider whether or not to wait or offload luggage so a plane can take off punctually.

Retail stores and other third parties will likewise be able to utilize the system for proximity detection of potential clients and delivery promoting messages – at a minimum to those who’ve signed up to receive them.

Gatwick says it certainly won’t be accumulating any personal information through the beacons but says “generic information on ‘people densities’ in different beacon zones” will be employed to help improve airport operations – for example, queue measurement, streamlining passenger flows and bringing down traffic jam.

The airport has worked with UK startup Pointr on the system. In addition to developing software and managing the system on an ongoing basis, Pointr is providing an SDK with support for 3D AR wayfinding for third parties to take advantage of the functionality.

Dependent on https://www.techcrunch.com/2017/05/25/gatwick-airport-now-has-2000-beacons-for-indoor-navigation/

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