THE latest cutting-edge technology is being used to bring The devices can transmit detailed information and images to smartphones. The idea is that visitors will be able to download information about
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The devices need very little power and can be used both inside buildings and in the open air. The system works along similar lines to GPS and anyone wanting to load them will need to download the Shufdy app from the iTunes store.
The app automatically recognises when it is close to one of the beacons and will allow the user to download the information relevant to the iBeacon.
There will also be direct links to any websites connected to the various landmarks and buildings. The device is designed to work with Apple devices but work is under way to produce an app for all smartphones.
As the system develops more locations will be added along with extra information.
"Tourism is a natural fit for iBeacons and we see opportunities in proximity based guided tours and a reduction in printed brochures and guides."
"It has the potential to create an innovative visitor experience and we're always looking at ways to help people have the best time in
Shufdy will be experimenting with a handful of flag-ship sites that will be complimented by the large scale coverage in certain areas.
These sites will feature multiple iBeacons and include
? iBeacons are small, lightweight devices which broadcast their unique identifiers within a radius of approximately 50 metres.
iBeacons cannot send information such as adverts to devices.
The app has to recognise the iBeacon which it has found and then it will present the relevant information.
As well as having an obvious advantage in being able to function indoors, they can also be used to recognise moving objects -very different from GPS which works on fixed points.
The iBeacon/ Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology has been around for a while, but Apple announced the incorporation of the system in the latest version of its operating system, iOS7, towards the end of 2013. The system is also available in the latest Android operating system, Android 4.3.
THE latest cutting-edge technology is being used to bring
The devices can transmit detailed information and images to smartphones. The idea is that visitors will be able to download information about