Sunday, May 28, 2017

iBeacons at Gatwick Airport

Interesting part of the ecosystem for augmented reality. When near-eye displays are available, this is the kind of thing you'll be able to wear.

Notice that it has a feed-back system. Could save tons of time for a lot of people, because it could tell you to hustle up, or not-bother if you're too far away and would cause a huge delay. 

This relatively simple thing could save a lot of people a lot of time and prevent needless airline delays -- which are really expensive.

Gatwick Airport, the UK’s second busiest airport after London Heathrow, has installed 2,000 battery-powered iBeacons for indoor navigation and passenger tracking.

Available across Gatwick Airport’s two terminals, the system is accurate up to three meters, much more reliable than GPS and enables an augmented-reality wayfinding tool so passengers can be shown directions in the camera view of their mobile device.

It could be used to inform passengers they’re running late and help them avoid missing flights.

Conceivably, Gatwick Airport could also take advantage of iBeacons for efficient queue management and to reduce congestion by being able to determine whether to offload luggage if a late passenger is far away.

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