About the Internet of Thing Deep Dive Meetup
This group is for doers! People who want to make IoT more than just a buzzword. We will be doing deep dives on various IoT related technologies and practical uses of them. The goal is to leave each meetup with a working knowledge and proficiency in the subject presented. The beginning of each meetup will cover a specific technology. The rest will be an interactive hands-on workshop using the technology. Hardware will either be provided for use or will be suggested to purchase in advance and bring. We will be using the ARM mbed IoT platform for development and demonstration in these meetups.
BLE is a hot topic in IoT that everyone knows about but few know how to use well. We will be covering the nuts and bolts of BLE in this meetup, how it works and when to use it.
The meetup will consist of an hour of presentation and questions followed by an hour of work-shopping the material covered. The workshop section will provide hands on experience with various BLE services. We will be using standard smart phone apps to visualize the data. You will need a laptop and a BLE capable smart phone to participate. (If you dont have both come anyways and share with someone)
Topics Covered: BLE Basics
* GAP vs GATT
* Advertising Times
* Data Size
* Common Service Types (Heart Rate, Time, Beacon,…)
* Skeleton Projects for each service type
About Capital Factory
Capital Factory is the entrepreneurial center of gravity in Austin, Texas. Located in the middle of downtown, Capital Factory has 50,000 square feet full of startups and entrepreneurs. Take classes to learn the skills that startups need, attend meet ups to find a co-founder, rent a desk for your startup or apply for funding and mentorship in the Incubator.
UK’s Gatwick Airport now has 2,000 beacons for indoor navigation
Complicated indoor environments such as air-ports and shopping centers is often a headache to find your way around. And even though Google is hunting handsets with 3D sensors as one probable solution 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 fnd out exactly where they are.
The UK’s second busiest airport, Gatwick airport, has opted for the 2nd approach to power an indoor navigation system it’s launching as part of a larger, multi-year transformation program.
It’s currently completed kitting out its two terminals with roughly 2 Thousand battery-powered beacons to make sure that digital map users will get a more exact blue dot as they go around. The beacon system will also be employed to power an augmented reality wayfinding tool – with the intention that mobile users can be guided to particular locations in the terminals with on-screen arrows. The beacon system is planned as backing up positioning with +/-3m accuracy.
Gatwick is aiming to integrate indoor positioning into some of its apps, and says it’s in discussions with airlines to make use of it for their own apps and services – giving illustration of them the ability to send push notifications to advise passengers if they’re running late, or even consider whether or not to wait or offload luggage so an aircraft can take off punctually.
Retail stores and other third parties will also be able to use the system for proximity detection of potential shoppers and delivery marketing and advertising messages – as a minimum to those who’ve opted in to receive them.
Gatwick says it won’t be obtaining any personal data via the beacons but says “generic information on ‘people densities’ in different beacon zones” will be used to assist in improving airport operations – such as queue measurement, streamlining passenger flows and bringing down obstruction.
The airport has worked with UK start-up Pointr on the system. And also developing software and managing the system on an ongoing basis, Pointr is providing an SDK with support for 3D AR wayfinding to allow third parties to tap into the functionality.
According to https://techcrunch.com/2017/05/25/gatwick-airport-now-has-2000-beacons-for-indoor-navigation/