We all know how tiring it can get to look for a booth at a trade show or look for a meeting room at a conference when we don’t know our way around!
We have good news for you! The Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) recently launched its new digital navigation system called ActivLocator. It’s a geolocation tool developed by Sherpa Solutions that allows attendees to use turn-by-turn navigation to find their way to a meeting room, exhibit hall, and even specific exhibit booths from anywhere in the facility.
Attendees use a mobile app to access the tool, and once downloaded, the app doesn’t need a cellular or internet connection. See how it looks like in this 40 seconds video taken last month during Seafood Expo North America:
“It will be a tremendous value-add for our customers because we will be able to map their entire show floors, booth by booth, and customize information such as shuttle drop-off and pickup locations,” Steve Snyder, CIO and CTO at Massachusetts Convention Center Authorities (MCCA), said in a statement. The system will rely on 270 Bluetooth low-energy beacon transmitters to be installed throughout the center that will be accurate to within six feet of where the user is standing—more accurate than a standard car GPS.
“We have never been reserved about our mission to remain the most technologically advanced convention centers in the world,” MCCA Executive Director James E. Rooney said in the statement. “We are thinking about technology that meeting attendees will be asking for not just in 2015, but five and 10 years from now. Real-time location services are just one of the technology initiatives we are focused on right now to better serve our customers and their attendees.”
The MCCA’s venue-wide indoor navigation system is the first of its kind to be used by a convention center. The MCCA that owns and operates the Boston Convention & Exhibitor Center and the Hynes Convention Center, has led the convention industry with technology ever since it first offered free and reliable Wi-Fi in every area of its facilities. Find out more about our technology by visiting the Technology section of our Signature Boston blog and the Technology section of our Signature Boston website.