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System and Method for Floorplan Marker Accessibility

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000245220D
Publication Date: 2016-Feb-18
Document File: 3 page(s) / 101K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system and method to enable accessibility when configuring a floorplan setup to enable micro-location technologies. The system and method use a floorplan image (raster or vector) and generate unique accessibility labels (e.g., aria-labels), which work with software for the visually impaired to enable a person to configure the physical site.

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System and Method for Floorplan Marker Accessibility

Bluetooth* Low Energy (BLE) beacons (or iBeacons) are amongst the most popular means of providing enhanced experiences for users at venues such as stadiums, airports, retail stores, and hospitals. BLE beacons are applied in a wide range of use cases from sales promotions to building security. These devices transmit a wireless Bluetooth signal to BLE-enabled devices, such as smart phones, that can notify an application on the device that it is within the proximity of a given beacon.

In the case of location awareness technologies for mobile applications, an operator must specify on a floorplan the whereabouts of a sensor (e.g., BLE Beacon). Current systems work well for users with average visual capabilities. However, a method is needed to enable visually impaired users to work with a unique floorplan and correctly place these beacons in the corresponding locations.

The novel solution is a system and method to enable accessibility when configuring a floorplan setup to enable micro-location technologies. The system and method use a floorplan image (raster or vector) and generate unique accessibility labels (e.g., aria-labels). These accessibility labels work with software for the visually impaired to enable a person to configure the physical site.

This system enhances current location awareness technologies for mobile applications because it helps the user understand mobile activity in and around a physical location.

For the venue operator (e.g., a retail store), the system provides an opportunities to execute intelligent engagement strategies and enable a richer user experience at the point of impact based on precise location presence. The system applies real-time analytics to mobile presence in and around a physical location to understand patterns and trends, allowing the venue operator to optimize on-site operations. In addition, the system can accelerate the value of marketing transformation by capturing i...