“When we founded the Beacons For Good program, we believed that this initiative would help to identify and reward great, innovative ideas. We knew that those projects were out there, and as it turned out we were right. We got several submissions and based on program requirements qualified 8 of them. Those selected beacon-powered ideas challenge the status quo in different ways and all of them have a potential to make a difference. Now we count on people to help us decide which projects should be supported with our technology.” - Szymon Niemczur CEO at Kontakt.io Niemczur CEO at Kontakt.io
Beacons for good finalists
The finalists have been picked and now it’s time to vote for your favorite!
You can vote until Dec 8: http://beaconsforgood.org/ideas/
Here are this quarter’s top finalists:
Author: Jerrod Witt
Beacons have already proved to be a resourceful set of technology out of the commercial space. For example Wayfindr is revolutionising traveling for the visually impaired by helping them navigate when traveling. AudiblEye is focusing on the indoor navigation field, specifically they use beacons to position the individuals in a building and provide accurate descriptions of their surroundings. AudibleEye’s goal is to fully implement the concept In The Northwest Ohio Sight Center in Toledo, Ohio.
Author: Karl Pletschko
Nearspeak solution is focused on informing visually impaired people with the information that surrounds us. In other words they help to increase the level of independence, that every individual is entitled to. What’s on the menu? When is the next train? Nearspeak helps to translate the answers for these questions into voice. So when a visually impaired customer enters a restaurant, they don’t have to wait longer than others to get assistance and order their favorite meal. Nearspeak is developed in cooperation between the aid community of blind and Visually Impaired in Austria. Their goal is to deploy beacons into every restaurant or cafe, so the menus and offerings can be virtualized for the blind people.
Author: Stephanie Urbanski
Both beacons and GPS can help people to navigate, but when it comes to indoors, GPS falls short. The lebensretter.at (lifesaver) app allows an emergency operator to guide lifesavers nearby to the exact location of an emergency. The time between an emergency call and the actual arrival of the ambulance can determine life or death of a victim. The app connects people across the country, who are certified for first aid, to bridge the time gap until the arrival of the ambulance. Once an emergency call is placed and ambulance notified, the emergency operator alerts and coordinates first aiders in proximity through the smartphone app. Available first aiders will confirm their availability and the app will guide them to the location of the incident. In conclusion, beacons can possibly save a life.
Author: David Greenberg
Tens of millions of people are exposed to occupational hearing loss. If an employee is exposed to noise of at least 90 decibels(db), there is a risk of hearing loss being incurred. EarBuddy has tackled this problem and with the help of beacons, they are potentially able to minimize the potential threat. By using wireless earphones and beacons, an individual is notified when they are exposed to noise that is above the limit. Real-time hazard monitoring will also help organizations to monitor what kind of noise levels and where are their employees exposed to and make corresponding improvements.
St. Nicholas’ Home
Author Daniel Soon
The mission of St. Nicholas’s Hhome is “to provide education, training and employment opportunities in a caring environment, thus empowering blind and vision-impaired persons to fully participate in society”. Therefore they are implementing a pilot project to develop a smartphone app for indoor navigation in partnership with the School of Computer Science and Univerisiti Sains Malaysia. For the pilot they will install 100-120 Smart Beacons to test the smart phone apps.
Living IT Labs
Author: Stefan Tholstrup Schmidt
Blinfo is designed around the needs of visually impaired people, so they could be able to navigate and create content. The content creation is possible via the content management system, which is meant for public buildings. Blinfo’s goal is that the visually impaired people would be part of “Blinfo’s consultant team”, so that they could continuously improve the navigation for all of the visually impaired people. Blinfoapp is cooperating with The Danish Institue for Blind and Visually Impaired, The Danish Association for Blind People and the developer Bagvendt.
Unacast supports Beacons for good
We at Unacast are glad to see how the Internet of Things can be leveraged more than only commercially. We are honored to support this initative, therefore we encourage you to give your vote here http://beaconsforgood.org/ideas/ to make sure your favorite idea wins!