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San Francisco International to Implement Guide Beacons for Blind Passengers

I don’t mind flying. I actually find riding on airplanes to be pretty relaxing. Airports, on the other hand, fill me with anxiety. I’m notoriously bad at navigating them and I can’t imagine what a nightmare they must be for those who are visually impaired. Fortunately for such passengers, San Francisco International Airport is teaming up with Indoo.rs to implement a beacon system that will help those with poor or no sight find their way through Terminal 2.

The beacon system works by connecting to the passenger’s phone via Bluetooth. Walking by one of the 500 transmitters will activate the app on the phone, which will then inform the passenger of nearby flight gates, ATMs, information desks and power outlets. Of course, those who can see can use the app as well and will likely find it just as useful. For those who can’t see, however, it could prove to be absolutely invaluable.

The San Francisco International guide app is currently available for iOS but an Android version is supposedly on the way. Indoo.rs expects the service to be available around September or October, but it’s ultimately up to SFO to activate it. If this turns out to be a success, expect other airports to follow suit.

via Engadget

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