SparkLabs names 14 startups for its Internet of Things accelerator

SparkLabs venture has opened its Internet of Things accelerator program with 14 startups from six countries.

LocusLabs (San Francisco, Calif.)

LocusLabs provides the platform and tools that enable apps to be location-aware on a micro level. LocusLabs is going a level deeper than existing mapping solutions by not only mapping places, but also people, products, and things, using technology that scales. LocusLabs’ mission is to provide an easy-to-use platform that allows enterprises to manage and publish geospatial data to any device, while providing tools that make it possible for anyone to build and use geospatial applications. Click here to read more

Why one airport chooses Wi-Fi for mobile navigation over beacons

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport updates its app with enhanced indoor mapping and launches an Apple Watch app.

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport wants to make sure travelers don’t wind up lost.

And so, DFW is using its mobile app to help visitors navigate around the airport. It makes sense. The airport is massive and sprawling. It is larger than Manhattan if you factor in the parking facilities, the airport says. 64 million travelers pass through the Dallas Fort Worth airport each year, and 90% of them are armed with their trusty smartphones, says Sean Donohue, chief executive officer of DFW Airport. Click here to keep reading

American Airlines app helps you shop and eat at O’Hare

Whether you arrive at O’Hare with a hankering for a Rick Bayless torta or need to squeeze a bathroom break into the mad dash to your gate, American Airlines‘ new app might help.

Travelers looking for “Advil” or “hot dogs” can type in a search and the app will suggest destinations, then provide estimated travel time and a blue line to guide them through the terminal. A blue dot moves as users walk, showing whether they’re in front of the Great American Bagel or the Harley Davidson store next to it. Click here to keep reading

United Airlines Brings Highly Detailed In-Airport Maps To Its iOS App

No matter how advanced phone mapping technologies have become, stepping into an airport takes you back several decades into the era of physical maps. With no other way for unseasoned travels to get around besides large map kiosks, airport navigation has long been due for an upgrade.

As a part of its new, updated app launching later today, United Airlines is integrating intelligent indoor mapping technology into its mobile app for iOS. So far, the United app has been downloaded over 19 million times. An update for Android with the same features is expected this Fall.

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“This is a very specific technology that talks to a real need of the customer,” explained Shannon Kelly, Director of eCommerce Planning and Delivery at United. “We had the technology, we had the customer need for it.”

Carlos Faxas, Manager of New Technology and Digital Concepts at United, explained that the idea resulted from an internal search for technology that improved the airport experience for customers. “United wants to drive a more contextual experience,” he said.

The search led United to San Francisco-based Locus Labs, a company that builds platforms for indoor mapping.

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Now on United’s app: Dynamic, interactive terminal maps

Are you one of those passengers who constantly gets turned around in airport terminals? Or are you never sure if your gate is close enough to give you time to stop and grab a bite? If so, you may now be able to get some help from the latest update to United Airlines’ app.

United pushed out an update to its mobile app that includes interactive indoor maps for its busiest airports. The maps – think Google maps for airports – will not only help passengers find their way, but also will include searchable information about retail and service options at the airport. Click here to keep reading