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RuuviTag is an advanced sensor beacon platform designed to fulfill needs of developers, makers, hobbyists, students and even IoT companies and normal people.
The device can act as a standard Eddystone / iBeacon proximity beacon, but it has potential to be so much more. By having a way to measure temperature, humidity, air pressure and acceleration it’s possible to cover several use cases.
Britain’s Gatwick Airport now has 2,000 beacons for in-house navigation
Complex in-house environments for instance, air-ports and department shops is often a nightmare to find your way around. Even though Google is eyeing handsets with 3D sensors as one possible fix for places GPS won’t precisely reach, another approach is to kit out an interior with quite a lot of Bluetooth beacons – giving mobile phone users located-locked pings to fix onto to grasp exactly where they are.
The UK’s 2nd busiest airport, Gatwick airport, has selected the 2nd solution to power an indoor navigation system it’s launching as part of a broader, multi-year transformation program.
It’s right now finished providing its two terminals with about 2,000 battery-powered beacons in order that digital map users will get a more accurate blue dot as they wander around. The beacon system will also be used to power an augmented reality wayfinding tool – guaranteeing that mobile users will be able to be guided to a particular locations within the terminals using on-screen arrows. The beacon system is planned as supporting positioning with +/-3m precision.
Gatwick is preparing to integrate indoor positioning into some of its applications, and says it’s in discussions with airlines to take advantage of it for their own applications and services – giving demonstration of them having the ability to send push notifications to warn travelers if they’re running late, or even consider if they should wait or offload luggage so a plane can take off punctually.
Retailers and other third parties will also be able to utilize the system for proximity detection of potential clients and push marketing messages – at least to those who’ve opted in to receive them.
Gatwick says it will not be acquiring any private data using the beacons but says “generic information on ‘people densities’ in different beacon zones” will be used to help improve airport operations – such as queue measurement, streamlining passenger flows and eliminating traffic jam.
The airport has worked with UK startup 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 for third parties to get into functionality.
Founded on https://techcrunch.com/2017/05/25/gatwick-airport-now-has-2000-beacons-for-indoor-navigation/