(1/2) Intro to Bluetooth low energy and BLE development with Nordic Semiconductor

Bluetooth low energy introduction and BLE development with Nordic Semiconductor.

Part 1/2: Introduction to Bluetooth low energy (BLE)
An application oriented introduction to Bluetooth Low Energy.

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UK’s Gatwick Airport now has 2,000 beacons for indoor navigation

Sophisticated indoor environments including air-ports and departmental stores could be a pain to find your way around. And even though Google is seeking handsets with 3D sensors as one prospective solution for places GPS won’t precisely reach, another approach is to kit out an interior with a lot of Bluetooth beacons – giving smartphone users located-locked pings to fix onto to grasp exactly where they’re.

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

It’s presently completed providing its two terminals with roughly 2 Thousand battery-powered beacons to make sure digital map users will get a more accurate blue dot as they walk around. The beacon system will likewise be utilized to power an augmented reality wayfinding tool – in order that mobile users can be guided to particular locations within the terminals with on-screen arrows. The beacon system is planned as supporting positioning with +/-3m accuracy.

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

Merchants and other third parties will likewise be able to use the system for proximity detection of potential consumers and delivery promoting messages – at least to those who’ve opted in to receive them.

Gatwick says it will not be accumulating any personal information using the beacons but says “generic information on ‘people densities’ in different beacon zones” will be used to help to improve airport operations – including queue measurement, streamlining passenger flows and eliminating traffic jam.

The airport has worked with UK new venture Pointr on the system. Along with developing software and managing the system on an ongoing basis, Pointr offers an SDK with support for 3D AR wayfinding to enable third parties to get into functionality.

In accordance with https://techcrunch.com/2017/05/25/gatwick-airport-now-has-2000-beacons-for-indoor-navigation/

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