San Francisco Airport Tests Beacon Sensors for Blind Travelers
San Francisco Airport, in collaboration with Austrian-based indoor positioning and tech company Indoo.rs, is rolling out location-aware beacons to guide blind travelers explore around one of its newest terminals, a system it could take off to whatever remaining areas of the airport if successful. An early form of the program was flaunted to press today for download on Apple iOS phones, however SFO additionally plans to make it accessible for Android users and eventually extend the system to serve up data for the individuals who can see.
The application is based on voice technology to guide users to make a left or if something is coming up in 50 feet, the Indoo.rs representative included. "It will convert the way the visually impaired individual will get around airport terminals and make it simpler for them to do so."
The program is part of an effort by San Francisco to bring more emerging technology to the city, crosswise over zones, for example, transportation, government and education.
SFO and Indoo.rs say they want to keep testing this technology throughout the month with a website launch, and make sure the availability of app for public in the fall. Additionally, the San Francisco airport could likewise push special deals, discounts and retail information to visitors as they navigate to their entryway through beacons, as well. Indoo.rs said the application will be available for all other travelers soon too.
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