Geofencing Quick Start

This video shows how to get started with geofencing including setting up the prerequisite like places, floors etc.

Please note that in most cases native positioning isn’t accurate enough for indoors so it’s highly recommended to setup BLE beacons or IndoorAtlas.

Setting up BLE beacons & IndoorAtlas will be covered in the next videos.


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

Complicated in-house environments just like airports and departmental stores can be a nightmare to find your way around. And although Google is thinking of getting phones with 3D sensors as one potential fix for places GPS won’t correctly reach, another approach is to kit out an interior with lots of Bluetooth beacons – giving smart phone users located-locked pings to fix onto to figure out exactly where they are.

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

It’s finally finished providing its two terminals with about 2,000 battery-powered beacons guaranteeing that digital map users will get a more exact blue dot as they walk around. The beacon system will also be employed to power an augmented reality wayfinding tool – to make certain that mobile users will have the ability to be guided to a particular locations inside the terminals through on-screen arrows. The beacon system is planned as backing up positioning with +/-3m precision.

Gatwick is preparing 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 having the capability to send push notifications to warn people if they’re running late, or even consider if they should wait or offload luggage so an aircraft can take off promptly.

Shops and other third parties will also be able to use the system for proximity detection of potential buyers and delivery promotion messages – at least to those who’ve opted in to receive them.

Gatwick says it won’t be obtaining any personal data through the beacons but says “generic information on ‘people densities’ in different beacon zones” will be utilized to help to improve airport operations – just like queue measurement, streamlining passenger flows and minimizing obstruction.

The airport has worked with UK new venture Pointr on the system. As well as developing software and managing the system on an ongoing basis, Pointr offers an SDK with support for 3D AR wayfinding as a way for third parties to access the functionality.


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