Beacon technology takes off as aviation industry brings it to greater heights.
Airports around Europe and in the United States have started trialing beacons, integrating it into their operations. The use ranges from helping the visually impaired to reducing the hassles associated with flying. If you’re wondering what air travel looks like in the future, here are a few examples.
One particular airport is testing out beacons to help the visually impaired navigate its newest terminal using only their smart phones. The prototype app works with beacons scattered throughout the terminal to announce points of importance. Another airline is also considering placing beacons on every luggage for tracking purposes and to announce when your luggage is about to appear on the belt.
With airports being more than just a waiting stop for travelers, the app can also announce locations of various amenities like restaurants, shops or even power outlets! Delivering rich and relevant content to passengers with smart phones are also on their agendas, information boarding gate locations, their distance to it, or even information in advance on in-flight entertainment options.
The aviation industry is already looking into more advanced uses of beacons even in these early stages of trial, such as personalizing a passenger’s journey, special reception for VIP guests or automatically bringing out E-tickets of passengers as they approach the boarding gate.
As people become more connected to the virtual world, it is only natural for the physical world to be more attuned to the virtual realm that people frequent.