Product Demo – Remote Beacon Management

Aruba Sensor builds on our Mobile Engagement solution and includes both a small, dual-band 802.11n client radio and a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) radio to enable all enterprises — Aruba Wi-Fi customers or not — to remotely manage their Aruba Beacon deployments.


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

Sophisticated in-house environments for example, airports and department shops generally is a nightmare to find your way around. And even while Google is seeking phones with 3D detectors as one possible fix for places GPS won’t accurately reach, another approach is to kit out an interior with loads of Bluetooth beacons – giving cell phone users located-locked pings to fix onto to discover exactly where they’re.

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

It’s now finished providing its two terminals with roughly 2,000 battery-powered beacons so that digital map users will get a more exact blue dot as they stroll around. The beacon system will likewise be utilized to power an augmented reality wayfinding tool – to ensure that mobile users will have the ability to be guided to specific locations within the terminals thru on-screen arrows. The beacon system is scheduled as supporting positioning with +/-3m precision.

Gatwick is intending to integrate indoor positioning into some of its mobile apps, and says it’s in discussions with airlines to take advantage of it for their own mobile apps and services – giving demonstration of them the ability to send push notifications to warn passengers if they’re running late, or even make a decision on if they should wait or offload luggage so an airplane can take off on time.

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

Gatwick says it will not be accumulating any sensitive information via the beacons but says “generic information on ‘people densities’ in different beacon zones” will be employed to assist in improving airport operations – just like queue measurement, streamlining passenger flows and decreasing blockage.

The airport has worked with UK new venture Pointr on the system. In addition to developing software and managing the system on an ongoing basis, Pointr is providing an SDK with support for 3D AR wayfinding make it possible for third parties to take advantage of the functionality.

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