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Buildings 'Talk' to Tourists in Portugal and Italy via BLE Technology
The SMIITY app, from Mobinteg, enables villages and cities to provide tourists with content regarding historical structures, businesses and events in their community, based on an app user's location.
Jan 05, 2017—
Mobile software and app services company Mobinteg has deployed a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacon-based solution within several cities and villages throughout Portugal and Italy, in order to connect app users with information about city buildings, businesses and historical monuments. The system, known as SMIITY (SMart Interactive cITY), connects app-using tourists with local history, events and attractions, as well as trail information in a mountainous hiking area. The company has also developed a device called the SMIITY Box, which senses air quality (such as the presence of carbon monoxide) and noise levels, and shares that data via a BLE or Wi-Fi connection.
Mobinteg was launched in Lisbon, Portugal, in 2012 as a mobile development services company, says founder Fernando Pinto. During the past few years, the firm has been looking into new technologies that would automatically put information about physical surroundings into the hands of smartphone users. "We think the smartphone serves as an extension of the human body," he says, and the company has thus been developing solutions for wearable devices to track the activities of athletes, as well as devices to monitor falls or activities of senior citizens with health issues.
"This small village has a lot of stories to tell," Pinto says, and the SMIITY system is designed to help buildings and businesses tell that story according to a particular app user's interests. First, a visitor or resident downloads the app at either the Google Play or iTunes websites. If a person so chooses, he or she can link a social-network account, such as Facebook, to the app so that the SMIITY content-management software can then use that individual's interests to filter content specifically of his or her preferences. Users can also input their own interests.
Additionally, the app can provide general content, such as events taking place within the town and a map to reach the location of a selected event. Users can select their language of choice to receive that content.
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