1 APRIL 2013
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London City Airport has been awarded a grant by the Technology Strategy Board to run an ‘Internet of Things’ demonstrator – a concept being championed as the next wave of the internet.
The airport is one of a small number of organisations to secure funding for such a demonstrator project from TSB, a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
The Internet of Things is the concept of connecting machines or objects together through a network in order to monitor an environment, enabling smart control and automated management of that environment. Examples of current uses of the technology include the management of buildings, connecting gadgets in the home and intelligent shopping.
Key features at London City will include management of passenger movement through the airport, journey time measurement, customer loyalty programmes and location specific services such as personalised planners and gate reminders for passengers, food pre-ordering, locating missing passengers, baggage tracking, airport asset tracking and the ability to locate people in emergency situations.
Strangely named, your editor will monitor the scheme which begins this month and is due to be completed in March 2014. www.innovateuk.org www.londoncityairport.com
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