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LocusLabs helps Heathrow become ‘single source of truth’

LocusLabs, whose high fidelity indoor mapping and location platform is already used by the likes of American Airlines, United, Lufthansa, DFW and JetBlue, has now announced a pioneering partnership with Heathrow Airport. Heathrow will leverage LocusLabs’ location-as-a-service platform to power location services for its passengers via digital signage and touchscreens in the terminal, across digital channels including Heathrow.com and HeathrowExpress.com, and via its mobile apps.

“When I spoke at FTE Global in Las Vegas last year, I talked about joining all the dots, in order for Heathrow to become the single source of truth. This is exactly what we’re doing with LocusLabs,” explained Chris Annetts, Retail & Service Proposition Director, Heathrow Airport. Heathrow’s work with LocusLabs will benefit the airlines, and their customers, who fly from the major London hub, as they will be able to easily integrate the airport maps and various other services into their own apps and other digital channels. In fact, Delta, American and United have already finalised the integration.

“This is not just about the maps though,” said Annetts, who is a member of the ‘FTE PaxEx & Ancillary Think Tank’, which will launch its vision at FTE Europe and FTE Ancillary (26-27 June, Dublin). “We are integrating beacons, data on retail, products, services and so on. The next phase is to build the personalisation so Heathrow and our airline partners can build up profiles with the permission of our passengers.” This, he explained, will bring about myriad customer experience and retail benefits. Campbell Kennedy, Co-founder and CEO of LocusLabs, added: “This really is a great story of us co-creating an ecosystem, and creating a win-win-win for everyone involved.”

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Skift’s Top Travel Startups to Watch in 2017

This list is Skift’s first attempt at spotlighting the most impressive new or little-known travel startups worldwide. (It’s also our first shot at trolling Silicon Valley.)

We are drawing on the knowledge we have gained through five years of coverage of hundreds of newly launched travel companies.

Our list of 17 top startups in 2017 spotlights a mix of consumer and business-to-business models, with a few that derive revenue from both.

Some of these companies are profitable. Most aren’t. We believe all of them address problems that are legitimate enough that customers will pay for their solutions, in due course, and that their number of potential customers is large.

We are avoiding companies that are well-known through splashy and expensive marketing. To help with that, we only include startups that have raised less than $15 million in funding.

Other factors we keep in mind: We want companies whose core teams have strong technical and commercial skills. We are excluding companies that — however young, smart, and profitable — aren’t likely to rapidly scale up revenues at a faster rate than costs.

We feel this list is fairly representative of the industry innovation that travelers will benefit from soon. Click here to keep reading.

LocusLabs Lands $3.5 Million Series A by Silicon Valley Daily

SAN FRANCISCO — LocusLabs, an indoor mapping & location platform in the travel industry, has landed a $3.5 million Series A round and has brought its indoor Street View-Like technology to over 70 airports worldwide. Investors in the round include SITA and Acorn Pacific Ventures of Silicon Valley.

LocusLabs’ platform launched in late 2015 and is already fueling millions of airport passenger experiences in over a dozen of the world’s largest airline and airport apps including American Airlines, United Airlines, Lufthansa, JetBlue and Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, and most recently launching with Delta’s FlyDelta app. The platform for mobile, web, and on-premise integrates a rich location experience into existing applications boasting 90 million combined downloads and growing.

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LocusLabs Funding News: SITA invests in dynamic mapping start-up LocusLabs

Investment to help SITA deliver new geo-location technology to airports and airlines
SITA, the air transport IT provider, has completed a strategic investment in dynamic mapping company LocusLabs, helping drive innovation for the benefit of the entire industry while supporting SITA’s own investment in innovation.

The investment also supports SITA’s continued focus on developing and delivering common-use geo-location technology which allows passengers to identify services using location. This solution, which merges mapping with a wide range of location data, allows airports and airlines to use the same dynamic maps and data but tailor them to their own requirements.

This additional funding will help LocusLabs further enhance its mapping capabilities, which is already in use at several major international airports as well as by airlines.

Jim Peters, Chief Technology Officer at SITA, said: “SITA has a clear focus to fast track innovation on behalf of the air transport industry and provide new technology that makes air travel easier at every step. These investments complement our own research and development at SITA Lab, by investing in complementary technologies that add value to our overall portfolio.

“LocusLabs is a perfect example – its geo-location capability adds real value to SITA’s cutting-edge airport app and opens new possibilities to enhance the passenger experience using location.”

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LocusLabs Raises Series A to Scale Indoor Street View-Like Tech by VentureBeat

The leading indoor location platform in travel readies for growth in 2017 with Series A

SAN FRANCISCO–February 28, 2017–

LocusLabs, the leading indoor mapping & location platform in the travel industry, has announced a $3.5 million Series A round and has brought its indoor Street View-Like technology to over 70 airports worldwide. Investors in the round include SITA, the leading specialist in air transport communications and information technology, and Acorn Pacific Ventures of Silicon Valley.

LocusLabs’ platform launched in late 2015 and is already fueling millions of airport passenger experiences in over a dozen of the world’s largest airline and airport apps including American Airlines, United Airlines, Lufthansa, JetBlue and Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, and most recently launching with Delta’s FlyDelta app. The platform for mobile, web, and on-premise integrates a rich location experience into existing applications boasting 90 million combined downloads and growing.

LocusLabs knows from experience that mapping at scale inside venues is especially challenging because of the lack of GPS, and the fact that things change more frequently in indoor environments. LocusLabs has employed unique technology and expertise to tackle the problem. CEO and Co-Founder, Campbell Kennedy, led the startup team that developed the original Google Street View technology, and he’s brought a similar approach to LocusLabs for large indoor spaces. “Traditional mapping platforms like Google Maps do not address needs of everything going on inside venues and buildings. Indoor spaces are more about ‘things’ than places. LocusLabs brings indoor location down to the ‘things’ level,” said Kennedy.

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LocusLabs Raises Series A to Scale Indoor Street View-Like Tech

LocusLabs, the leading indoor mapping & location platform in the travel industry, has announced a $3.5 million Series A round and has brought its indoor Street View-Like technology to over 70 airports worldwide. Investors in the round include SITA, the leading specialist in air transport communications and information technology, and Acorn Pacific Ventures of Silicon Valley.

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LocusLabs’ platform launched in late 2015 and is already fueling millions of airport passenger experiences in over a dozen of the world’s largest airline and airport apps including American Airlines, United Airlines, Lufthansa, JetBlue and Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, and most recently launching with Delta’s FlyDelta app. The platform for mobile, web, and on-premise integrates a rich location experience into existing applications boasting 90 million combined downloads and growing.

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Updated Fly Delta App Launches With LocusLabs’ Wayfinding Technology

APEX Insight: LocusLabs is powering the new Fly Delta app with its LocusMaps wayfinding functionality, which helps travelers find what they’re looking for – even when offline. Campbell Kennedy, CEO and co-founder of LocusLabs, guides APEX Media through the ins and outs of the technology, which allows passengers to know their destination airport like the back of their hand before they land.

Delta Air Lines has unveiled the newest version of its Fly Delta iPhone app, which features LocusLabs’ indoor mapping and turn-by-turn airport navigation to help passengers quickly find what they’re looking for. The app currently offers mapping for 13 US airports, including San Francisco and John F. Kennedy international airports, as well as Heathrow and Narita airports. Five more airports will be added this spring, including Charles de Gaulle, São Paulo–Guarulhos and Shanghai Pudong international airports. Click here to keep reading.

 

Internet of Things, Delta and a new app solution: Exclusive with LocusLabs

With passenger experience and providing a seamless experience more and more important to both airport and airline, we hear exclusively from the brains behind the FlyDelta app…

1. Who are LocusLabs?

LocusLabs gives global venues, enterprises and brands a digital platform to communicate, share and manage everything about their physical space. Based in San Francisco, LocusLabs was formed in 2014 specifically to solve air industry problems requiring location services at scale and across global venues. Its founders and directors are all veteran leaders in robotics, cloud computing, design and mobile technologies.

2. Could you explain the thought process behind the app

LocusLabs is not an app by itself. Our products enable location services in other apps, like FlyDelta. Our solutions include a software development kit (LocusMaps SDK) and Venue Management System to manage geospatial content and advanced enterprise use cases involving the location of static and dynamic “things” (commonly referred to as the “Internet of Things,” IoT).

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The Points Guy: Delta’s Updated App Helps Travelers Navigate Airports

Delta released an updated version of its smartphone app this week, and it now offers travelers with an iPhone access to their reservation information whether or not they have an internet connection. Once a trip is downloaded, travelers can access both their full itinerary and boarding passes at all times, even when the phone is in “airplane mode” or no internet connection is available. Similar features are expected for the Android release, coming in spring 2017.

With the new update, customers now have access to maps of 20 major airports in the US and around the world, including Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and London Heathrow (LHR). Passengers can access the maps simply by tapping on the code of their arrival airport on their digital boarding pass.

Once a map is pulled up on-screen, “wayfinding” technology powered by LocusLabs can help you search for food options, stores or a connecting gate.

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