Gatwick claims world first with augmented reality navigation system for airport users

26 May 2017

The AR wayfinding tool enables passengers to see directions using their mobiles.

The AR wayfinding tool enables passengers to see directions using their mobiles.

Around 2,000 beacons have been installed across Gatwick Airport’s two terminals providing an indoor navigation system that is said to be much more reliable than GPS. 

The new system, which is part of Gatwick’s £2.5 billion transformation programme, enables augmented reality wayfinding for passengers – claimed to be a world first for an airport.

The lack of satellite signals makes road-based navigation systems, such as Google or Apple maps, unreliable indoors.

As a result, Gatwick has deployed a beacon-based positioning system to enable reliable ‘blue dots’ on indoor maps. This could eventually be used within a range of mobile airport, airline or third party apps.

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Gigya launches programme to help clients prepare for GDPR

26 May 2017

The GDPR takes effect in May 2018 and applies to all organisations around the world that do business with EU citizens.

The GDPR takes effect in May 2018 and applies to all organisations around the world that do business with EU citizens.

Gigya has launched a programme to help clients prepare for the EU’s upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The US-headquartered customer identity management specialist says its Privacy by Design programme will offer customised evaluation and implementation services.

GDPR takes effect on 25 May 2018. Gigya describes it is a "radical" revision of EU consumer data privacy and protection laws.

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Sonus and GENBAND agree to merge in bid to become global leader in real-time communications

26 May 2017

Left: Sonus president Raymond Dolan will become the combined company’s CEO. Right:  GENBAND CEO and chairman David Walsh will oversee the Kandy business and assist with the integration of the businesses.

Left: Sonus president Raymond Dolan will become the combined company’s CEO. Right:  GENBAND CEO and chairman David Walsh will oversee the Kandy business and assist with the integration of the businesses.

Sonus and GENBAND have agreed to merge and claim their combination will create a leader in next-generation communications networking. 

Each company’s shareholders will each own around 50 per cent of the new company.

Based on the closing price of Sonus’ common stock on 22 May and estimated net cash at the time of closing, the transaction values the combined company as approximately $745 million (around £580m).

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Server rooms “ill-equipped” to keep pace with technology

16 May 2017

The Green Grid says we’re now seeing data centres equipped with 10-12kW racks to support modern-day requirements, with legacy data centres falling further behind.

The Green Grid says we’re now seeing data centres equipped with 10-12kW racks to support modern-day requirements, with legacy data centres falling further behind.

Enterprise server rooms will be unable to meet the compute power and IT energy efficiencies required to meet the demands of fluctuating technology trends, warns The Green Grid.

It says this will push a higher uptake in hyperscale cloud and colocation facilities. 

The Green Grid is a global consortium of companies, government agencies, educational institutions and individuals dedicated to advancing resource efficiency in IT and data centres.

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