iBeacons are small, low power wireless, location awareness sensors, using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) as the wireless transport. Laird now has a smartBASIC beacon application that turns BL600 BLE single mode modules into Apple iBeacons.
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Britain’s Gatwick Airport presently has 2,000 beacons for in-house navigation
Complicated in-house environments similar to airports and department shops can be quite a pain to find your way around. And even though Google is hunting handsets with 3D detectors as one potential solution for places GPS won’t correctly reach, another approach is to kit out an interior with tons of Bluetooth beacons – giving smart phone users located-locked pings to fix onto to fnd out exactly where they are.
The UK’s second busiest air-port, Gatwick airport, has picked the latter approach to power an indoor navigation system it’s launching as an element of a bigger, multi-year transformation program.
It’s finally finished kitting out its two terminals with about 2,000 battery-powered beacons to ensure digital map users will get a more accurate blue dot as they move around. The beacon system will also be utilized to power an augmented reality wayfinding tool – to make certain mobile users will have the ability to be guided to a particular locations inside the terminals using on-screen arrows. The beacon system is planned as supporting positioning with +/-3m accuracy.
Gatwick is intending to integrate indoor positioning into some of its applications, and says it’s in discussions with airlines to make use of it for their own applications and services – giving instance of them having the ability to send push notifications to notify travellers if they’re running late, or even make a decision on whether or not to wait or offload luggage so a plane can take off promptly.
Retail stores and other third parties will also be able to utilize the system for proximity detection of potential shoppers and delivery promotion messages – as a minimum to those who have signed up to receive them.
Gatwick says it certainly won’t be acquiring any personal information using 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 lessening congestion.
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 provides an SDK with support for 3D AR wayfinding to allow third parties to tap into the functionality.
Based on https://techcrunch.com/2017/05/25/gatwick-airport-now-has-2000-beacons-for-indoor-navigation/