• Virgin Atlantic to Integrate iBeacon Technology in London's Heathrow Airport

    Virgin Atlantic is reportedly preparing to integrate Apple’s iBeacon technology into London’s Heathrow AirPort according to Re/code. The airliner will be using beacons sourced from startup Estimote, as the transmitters will be deployed near businesses and terminals to notify users of promotional deals and areas of interest. The following was mentioned regarding the matter:

    In one use case, passengers would receive an offer on their phone for no-fee currency exchange as they near that place of business. The program, which will utilize Apple’s iBeacon technology and the Passbook iOS app, follows a trial in which airline employees donned Google Glass as they greeted first-class passengers upon entering the airport.
    Originally introduced during Apple’s 2013 Worldwide Developers Conference, iBeacons enable iOS devices to wirelessly communicate with physical beacons through Bluetooth, as the transmitters are able to deliver specific information to apps when a user is nearby. Apple’s iBeacon technology has been utilized in a number of unique ways since the end of 2013. The shopping app, Shopkick and Macy’s teamed up to integrate the technology into stores to aide consumers while MLB and NBA have used iBeacons to provide enhanced in-stadium experiences. Apple has even implemented iBeacons into its own retail stores to provide customers with product information and deals.

    Source: Estimote, Re/code
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Virgin Atlantic to Integrate iBeacon Technology in London's Heathrow Airport started by Akshay Masand View original post
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