UK airport installs 2000 iBeacons for augmented reality navigation & passenger tracking
  • Gatwick Airport, the second-largest of London’s airports, has installed around 2,000 iBeacons to help passengers find their way around the terminals.
  • The airport is also considering a more ambitious third phase … TechCrunch reports that the airport may partner with airlines to help ensure passengers don’t miss their planes, and to let airlines know when to offload baggage.
  • Gatwick is planning to integrate indoor positioning into some of its apps, and says it’s in discussions with airlines to tap into it for their own apps and services — giving example of them being able to send push notifications to warn passengers if they’re running late, or even make a decision on whether or not to wait or offload luggage so an aircraft can take off on time.
  • The airport additionally plans to use anonymous passenger data to help manage queues and reduce congestion at busy areas like Security.
  • UK airlines have also considered or deployed iBeacons, Virgin Atlantic reportedly examining the possibility at Heathrow and EasyJet doing so at some smaller airports.

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