Bluetooth Low Energy

Bluetooth Low Energy is an incredibly exciting technology with the promise of unlocking a myriad of use cases. This session will focus on new Bluetooth Low Energy features, including improved scanning and newly added support for peripheral mode, in Android.


London’s Gatwick Airport presently has 2,000 beacons for in-house navigation

Sophisticated in-house environments such as airports and departmental stores can be a problem to find your way around. And even while Google is hunting cell phones with 3D sensors as one prospective solution for places GPS won’t accurately reach, another approach is to kit out an interior with quite a lot of Bluetooth beacons – giving handset users located-locked pings to fix onto to grasp exactly where they are.

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

It’s currently finished providing its two terminals with about 2,000 battery-powered beacons to make certain that digital map users will get a more precise blue dot as they walk around. The beacon system will likewise be utilized to power an augmented reality wayfinding tool – with the intention that mobile users will have the ability to be guided to a particular locations inside the terminals via on-screen arrows. The beacon system is scheduled as supporting 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 utilize it for their own apps and services – giving illustration of them the ability to send push notifications to inform travellers if they’re running late, or even settle on whether or not to wait or offload luggage so an airplane can take off on time.

Retail stores and other third parties will likewise be able to utilize the system for proximity detection of potential customers and delivery promoting messages – at least to those who have opted in to receive them.

Gatwick says it will not be gathering up any private data via the beacons but says “generic information on ‘people densities’ in different beacon zones” will be used to assist in improving airport operations – for example, queue measurement, streamlining passenger flows and decreasing obstruction.

The airport has worked with UK start-up Pointr on the system. As well as 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 access the functionality.

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