Bluetooth low energy introduction and BLE development with Nordic Semiconductor.
Part 2/2: Nordic Semiconductor’s development resources.
An introduction to the development tools offered by Nordic Semiconductor :
• Code walk-through of an SDK example
• Tools: mobile app, pc application (nRF Connect), sniffer
• Information resources: devzone, infocenter
NB! Please enter all comments or questions in the Nordic Devzone’s Tutorial section: https://devzone.nordicsemi.com/tutorials/37/
London’s Gatwick Airport now has 2,000 beacons for indoor navigation
Complicated indoor environments for example, air-ports and departmental stores is often a problem to find your way around. And although Google is seeking smartphones with 3D sensors as one probable fix for places GPS won’t correctly reach, another approach is to kit out an interior with loads of Bluetooth beacons – giving smart phone users located-locked pings to fix onto to know where they’re.
The UK’s second busiest air-port, Gatwick airport, has chosen the 2nd approach to power an indoor navigation system it’s launching as a part of a larger, multi-year transformation program.
It’s finally completed kitting out its two terminals with around 2,000 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 likewise be employed to power an augmented reality wayfinding tool – making sure that mobile users will have the ability to be guided to precise locations inside the terminals with on-screen arrows. The beacon system is planned as backing up positioning with +/-3m precision.
Gatwick is aiming to integrate indoor positioning into some of its mobile apps, and says it’s in discussions with airlines to utilize it for their own mobile apps and services – giving instance of them having the capability to send push notifications to advise travellers if they’re running late, or even make a decision on if they should wait or offload luggage so a plane can take off punctually.
Shops and other third parties will likewise be able to use the system for proximity detection of potential purchasers and push advertising and marketing messages – at least to those who have opted in to receive them.
Gatwick says it will not be collecting any sensitive information with the beacons but says “generic information on ‘people densities’ in different beacon zones” will be employed to help improve airport operations – just like queue measurement, streamlining passenger flows and reducing traffic jam.
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 enable third parties to tap into the functionality.