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Augmented reality app will allow airlines to track late passengers

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London’s Gatwick Airport has installed about 2,000 beacons as an indoor navigation system that uses augmented reality wayfinding for passengers.

The goal is to make it easier for passengers to find their way around the airport and avoid missing flights. The airport is using augmented reality and navigation beacons because of a lack of satellite signals that makes Google or Apple maps unreliable indoors. Gatwick claims it is the first airport to use AR as a source for navigation inside an airport and says the technology is more reliable than GPS.

The beacon system enables an AR wayfinding tool allowing passengers to be shown directions in the camera view of their smartphone. This can point passengers in the right direction to check in areas, departure gates or baggage claim.

The airport is integrating the technology into its own proprietary apps and is also working with other airlines to enable the indoor positioning system and wayfinding tools on these airlines’ apps. While no personal data is collected, the technology does monitor population density in different airport locations to improve passenger flow and ease congestion.

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Future iterations of the technology could include sending reminders to passengers if a flight is delayed or sending information to airlines about late running passengers. The beacons could also potentially be used by retailers or third parties to detect proximity or promotional messages.

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Korean Air Rolls Out Next-Generation Business Class: ‘Prestige Suites 2.0’

Korean Air Rolls Out Next-Generation Business Class: ‘Prestige Suites 2.0’

Korean Air has introduced its latest business class offering, the Prestige Suites 2.0, set to make its debut aboard the airline’s new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner fleet.

This new product marks a significant upgrade from the previous Collins Apex forward-facing staggered seats, known as Prestige Suites. The Prestige Suites 2.0 is designed in a staggered 1-2-1 configuration, ensuring each passenger direct aisle access and ample privacy.

The seats offer 46 inches of pitch, 21 inches of width, and can be transformed into a flat bed measuring between 78.2 and 79.2 inches. A standout feature of these seats is the inclusion of privacy doors that stand 52 inches high, offering a more secluded experience even when positioned closer to the aisle.

Tech-savvy travelers will appreciate the suite’s cutting-edge features, which include a 23.8-inch ultra-high-definition entertainment monitor, 60W USB-C charging, AC power outlets, and wireless charging capabilities.

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Moreover, Korean Air’s Boeing 787-10s will be the first in the fleet to offer Wi-Fi, enhancing connectivity for passengers. The new business class seats come with a range of amenities aimed at maximizing comfort and convenience. These include a storage cubby, a handheld remote, USB-C charging ports, and universal outlets.

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The wireless charging pad is a notable highlight, reflecting the suite’s advanced technological integration. The layout of the Prestige Suites 2.0 comprises 10 rows of seats in a 1-2-1 arrangement, specifically rows 7-16 in the business class cabin. The cabin is flanked by lavatories and galleys at both the front and the rear, ensuring easy access for all passengers.

A striking departure from Korean Air’s traditional design, the new seats feature a bold brown color palette. This is a significant change from the airline’s iconic Morning Calm blue and bright white interiors.

The new design incorporates semi-matte deep brown side consoles with metallic tops, brushed coppery-almond cabinet doors, and textured tan interior shrouds, giving the cabin a modern and sophisticated look.

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