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Ask me anything   A technology blog about Indoor Location Based Services, Wi-Fi Real-Time Location Services, Indoor 3D Navigation, Mobile Apps, Smart Museums, Industrial Life Safety Solutions, Context-Aware Mapping, Environmental Telemetry, Emergency Response Systems, Wireless Sensors, Adhoc Networks, Bluetooth Low Energy, iBeacons, Near Field Communication, Transit Payment Systems, and the impacts to Privacy and Security

Curated by Colin Lowenberg, Accenture's Chief Wireless Architect and Indoor Navigation SME


    Snoopy spys on Wi-Fi →

    I love the combination of drones with Wi-Fi.

    (Source: colinster)

    — 1 week ago with 1 note
    Welcome to the bank of Apple →
    — 6 months ago
    20 Market Leaders & Challengers in Indoor Location

    Market Leaders & their focus:
    1. Accenture – Integration Leader, deploying solutions with several of the companies on this list
    2. Google Android Maps – Mapping Market Leader, Indoor Navigation Leader, No Analytics announced, WiFi positioning with database, API for WiFi, Bluetooth, and NFC
    3. Apple - Mapping Market Leader, No Analytics, Positioning with WiFi database and Bluetooth LE iBeacons, API for Bluetooth but not WiFi
    4. Cisco (+ Meridian Apps) - Wi-Fi Positioning Market Leader, 20+ sites with Indoor Nav Apps, Cisco Analytics launched recently, WiFi positioning via trilateration
    5. Aruba + Meridian Apps – Navigation App Market Leader, Analytics included, WiFi positioning via Cisco or Aruba trilateration
    6. Euclid Analytics - Wi-Fi Analytics Market Leader, Indoor Positioning / Zones, WiFi positioning via Aruba or Euclid Sensors
    7. Abuzz - Navigation App Market Challenger, No Analytics, WiFi positioning
    8. Acoustiguide - Navigation App Market Challenger, No Analytics, WiFi positioning with Aruba
    9. Qualcomm iZat– Positioning Market Device Provider, No Analytics, Positioning via Cisco WiFi and Qualcomm Chipset
    10. Nokia HERE Maps - Mapping Market Challenger, No Analytics, Positioning via Cisco WiFi or Nokia HAIP Bluetooth
    11. Motorola + Nearbuy Systems – Wi-Fi Analytics Market Challenger, WiFi Positioning via Motorola, No Maps or Navigation, plans to integrate with Meridian
    12. Aisle411 + WiLocate – Mapping Market Challenger, Positioning Market Challenger, No indoor positioning sites announced
    13. PointInside – Mapping Market Challenger, No indoor positioning sites announced, WiFi positioning with Cisco
    14. Skyhook – Mapping & Positioning Market Challenger, Limited 3D mapping, No true indoor positioning sites announced
    15. Wifarer – Indoor Navigation Challenger, 1 indoor positioning site announced
    16. Insiteo - Indoor Navigation Challenger, 1 indoor positioning site announced
    17. Shopkick – Rewards/Marketing focused, Several sites with proximity/entrance, No true indoor positioning sites announced
    18. Mobiquiity - Rewards/Marketing focused, Bluetooth, No true indoor positioning sites announced
    19. Proximity Media - Rewards/Marketing focused, Bluetooth, No true indoor positioning sites announced
    20. Estimote – Sensor Market challenger, Bluetooth, No tri-angulation, Proximity sensors, iBeacon integration

    — 6 months ago
    Grizzly Analytics has the BIGGEST report on Location & Geofencing →

    Grizzly Analytics analyzes and reports all the ongoing research on GeoFencing, including technology research overcoming the hurdles listed above, and including all the applications and services above and much more. Read about the research activity of all the major mobile companies – Google, Microsoft, Apple, Samsung, Nokia, Qualcomm, EBay, IBM & others – and also 3rd-party applications and individual researchers with related patents.

    — 6 months ago
    With iBeacon, Apple is going to dump on NFC and embrace the internet of things →
    — 6 months ago
    Euclid Analytics - U.S. Retail Benchmarks →

    With data on 20 million domestic shopping sessions during the month, Euclid finds that, while walk-by conversion slipped versus July, Back-to-School and some lingering seasonal clearance drove strong improvements in bounce rate, and visit duration. We believe that these metrics bode well for specialty retailers’ comp store and total store sales during the month.

    — 6 months ago
    #euclid  #analytics  #retail 
    Apple iBeacons is Genius

    The computer world article says this is uncharacteristic of Apple, but it’s not. Apple bought WiFi SLAM, and their indoor location strategy was made clear and similar to Google’s. They will open APIs so developers can build apps with Location services - the big thing people have been waiting for years. iBeacons is the same idea but using Bluetooth for proximity. My apple friends won’t comment if iBeacons came from WiFiSlam, but let’s assume they follow the same strategy.

    Forbes saying why this is big.

    Remember Apple cares much more about Apples own customers than big retailers. They are releasing iBeacons on the 4S and 5 and 5C and 5S and iPads. There is no NFC in the new iPhone (or any model) so they are setting the standard for location services with BLE (Bluetooth low energy). NFC requires a physical touch in many cases, which is even less user friendly than Bluetooth is today. Also they don’t have NFC in every device already, iBeacons will work on most Apple devices.

    I still have reservations about Bluetooth for location. (most people don’t even use Bluetooth today while WiFi is ubiquitous and used at both home and work). BLE and iBeacons means Bluetooth can be used for “proximity” location services without draining battery. That assumes suddenly people will leave Bluetooth powered on in favor of added benefits. Good thing iOS 7 makes it easier to enable Bluetooth with a simple swipe-touch instead of 3-4 touches.

    Companies like Square that are making money in mobile payments with card swipes, are probably going to move to add iBeacons to replace card swipes.

    Google Ventures investor Don Dodge told me he is most interested in the startup Estimote. I encourage you to read up on them. Dodge was an investor in Wifi SLAM. Dodge is now invested into Bytelight, location services using lightbulbs and smartphone cameras. (Phillips is working on similar technology to Bytelight.)

    Apple has a vision of iPads as registers and iPhones as wallets. It’s easy to see their vision when you walk into their stores.

    Don’t forget that Google Wallet is pretty amazing, and it could compete with Apples iBeacons. I used it today to pay with NFC at Macy’s. My iPhone with iOS7 was jealous. It’s already everywhere, and Google already tested physical GoogleWallet credit cards linked to GW accounts. That was leaked in November but never announced at IO. The Google card would be “amazing” and kill any Bluetooth based solution. Imagine you only had to carry a single card that can act as any of your cards.

    That said, Google and Apple aren’t the only players opening up APIs for mobile payments. Amex is doing well working with Foursquare, Chase has Quickpay, BoA has a card swipe app, but it’s the true open APIs from Stripe and Braintree and Discover that attract developers. I use Venmo on a daily basis, and they were acquired by Braintree. I hear they are trying to raise money now.

    More on Estimote.

    I’ve already preordered my estimotes and my bytelights.

    — 6 months ago
    Apple Feature to Turn MLB Stadiums Into Interactive Playgrounds →
    If you’re planning to see a ballgame next year, make sure to bring an iPhone. According to Mashable, the MLB has been working closely with Apple to integrate the iBeacon indoor mapping technology in iOS 7 to create an interactive experience at stadiums around the nation. This technology will likely go live in 2014. As of now the Mets are clearly in, but there’s no word on other teams that will use iBeacons in their stadiums.
    — 6 months ago
    Meridian Goes to Aruba: Why Wifi Networks are the Future of Location-Based Mobile


    First thing’s first: I’m more than a little excited to announce that our plucky startup Meridian has a new home.


    You may not have heard of Aruba Networks, but there’s a good chance you’re connected to one of their wireless access points right now. Their customers include the Facebook campus, Venetian resort and H&M retail, and they’re currently #2 in market share (after the behemoth Cisco).

    So Meridian is a mobile software company, and Aruba is a wireless hardware manufacturer. How do we fit together?


    Well for one thing, we have the same customers. Meridian helps enterprise locations like hospitals, stadiums, and retail stores create great mobile apps for their visitors. And Aruba helps these same locations provide their visitors with great Wifi connectivity.

    But there’s more to it than that. We believe that intelligent wireless networks are the key to building awesome location-based mobile apps. Here’s why.

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    — 11 months ago with 2 notes
    iPad mini 4G is cheaper Kindle Fire 4G! →

    Ok, all this talk about the iPad mini being too expensive, brings up a discussion about what would you buy? What if you wanted a small form factor computing device (aka mini tablet) with 4G that can serve as your in car entertainment, GPS navigation, movie screen, browser, and even a hotspot to connect your laptop? It has to connect with LTE or HSPA+ to get that high speed high quality HD video. So you are ready to spend more than $300 for this super device, but you want the best bang for your buck and you want it to fit in your back pocket. Sounds like you can afford the iPad mini, but is there something better? Let’s take a look.

    Kindle Fire HD at 8.9” is $500 for 4G LTE with 32 GB, $514 without advertising:

    iPad mini at 7.9” is $460 for 4G LTE with 16 GB, $560 if you really need 32 GB.

    Google’s Nexus 7 at 7” is still killing it at $299 for HSPA+ only on AT&T

    Next most important to someone like myself would be the visual aspects. The Kindle is great for reading books and watching 1080p video with it’s incredibly high resolution. The iPad mini has the lowest resolution, lowest color gamut, and highest reflectiveness. However, streaming HD video is usually 720p (closer to the iPad mini) not 1080p, so that extra resolution doesn’t really help much on a 7.9” inch screen

    The Kindle Fire 4G is $40 more than iPad mini 4G but comes with 1” more screen, double the resolution, and double the memory. The Nexus 7 is 2” smaller than the Kindle Fore 4G, and $200 cheaper. So if you are going to pass up the iPad mini for a Kindle, you get a better viewing experience. If you pass up the iPad mini for the Nexus 7, save alot of money.

    Of course app stores are keeping customers from moving between OS platforms. If you have iPad and iPhone apps, you are going to have to buy all those apps again on your new Android.

    (Source: colinster)

    — 1 year ago with 1 note
    Comcast opens Wi-Fi networks after Sandy


    Comcast Unlocks Its Wi-Fi Hotspots to Hurricane Sandy Survivors

    by Andrew Tarantola

    Paywalls guarding the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal fell first. Now Comcast, one of the largest cable operators in the country, has announced that it will unlock thousands of Wi-Fi hotspots along the East Coast to help emergency responders and others affected by Hurricane Sandy.

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    — 1 year ago with 8 notes
    "Apple and Samsung appear to be almost the only companies that matter in mobile."
    — 1 year ago with 39 notes
    NPR Fresh Air: “This is actually a patent that Apple owns and it’s referred to as the... →


    “This is actually a patent that Apple owns and it’s referred to as the Siri patent because it doesn’t actually have anything to do with Siri, but it’s now seen as a lynch pin in protecting Siri. Apple, in 2004, applied for a patent that basically said: We want to create one interface to search…

    — 1 year ago with 189 notes
    "The world now has nearly as many mobile phone subscriptions as inhabitants."
    — 1 year ago with 59 notes