Signals from LEDs used to track indoor location

Signals from LEDs used to track indoor location

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Boston: ByteLight, a Boston-based tech company, is using LED light bulbs for indoor location tracking. The LEDs are used to transmit data via their pulsing light waves to the camera in a smartphone.

Using microchips mounted to the LEDs, the ByteLight technology causes the LEDs to flicker too fast for the naked eye to see. In doing so it communicates information to a smartphone through its camera lens. The communication between light bulb and smartphone enables shoppers using a retailer’s mobile application to navigate through a store, receive special offers on the products in front of them, or be located by a sales representative. ByteLight says its margin of error is less than a meter. “The opportunity for indoor location is enormous. Several large retailers are testing ByteLight’s navigation technology as a tool for improving employee efficiency,” said ByteLight chief executive Dan Ryan.

Source: Boston Globe