A gift from Proxbook: 55 Proximity Use Cases

September 2, 2016
Kjartan Slette
COO & Co-founder

Techcrunch recently wrote an article on proximity, concluding that proximity (and beacons) have been successful in showing its potential in commercial settings, but that innovation and use cases of value will lie in the enterprise domain.

And although we agree fully that enterprise will be hugely important, we can with a high degree of certainty say that commercial applications are continuing to thrive, as clearly demonstrated in our quarterly Proxbook Reports and through our partnerships with some of the 60 biggest proximity companies in the world.

So, without further ado, I quickly compiled 55 exciting proximity use cases as a gift from our Proxbook partners, with more appearing every single day. Christmas came early this year.

  1. Find relevant recipes as you look at ingredients in a food market
  2. Automatic check-ins as you enter a hotel
  3. Getting welcoming message, in-room food options, room upgrade opportunities, among other offers, as you enter a hotel
  4. Automatic ticketing at public transportation
  5. Sync your online shopping list with wayfinding to actual placement of items in-store
  6. Retailers/stores/malls are able to see and understand customer behavior and improve based on that
  7. Scan and get reviews of products online when in “offline” stores
  8. Get notified of better seats and upgrade possibilities as you enter the sports stadium
  9. See entrance and other queues at stadiums and events
  10. Purchase food and drinks via app and have it delivered to the seat at a stadium
  11. Notify and engage fans of upcoming games outside of the stadium
  12. Get exclusive content through notifications when arriving at the stadium
  13. Enable downloads of newspaper and magazines while waiting/in a queue
  14. Learn about visitors interests at events to target and retarget them
  15. Visitors at events are able to navigate around events/music festivals with real-time map/find places of interest based on their interests and needs
  16. Easy finding of the car after a big event
  17. Improve upcoming events based on data from previous ones
  18. Fast check-in at events with geofencing
  19. Enables exhibitors to attract a bigger audiences and visitors
  20. Enable tourists to navigate and find places of interest through notifications
  21. Help pregnant women to get special priority seats on trains
  22. Reduce waiting time and queues in security at airports
  23. Receive relevant information about products and offers without having to search for it
  24. Notify the captain on a boat about premium port services when arriving at mainland and when a potential customer is about to arrive
  25. Send personalised information to customers based on location, time, influenced by previous shopping history and other parameters such as customer type or weather
  26. Increase awareness and knowledge of health and safety essentials
  27. Audio guide, information and video content based on location in museums
  28. Based on the phone’s language setting, guiders/employees know on before hand what language to speak
  29. Gamify experience at museums/events/stores
  30. Meet new people who are in the same event/area based on interests
  31. Enable indoor audio navigation for visually impaired people
  32. Notifications for visually impaired people in public transport when transport arrive/stop
  33. Send notifications to travelers about safety alerts
  34. Real-time bus route updates and notifications of upcoming stop
  35. Navigation within airports to find nearest restaurant/coffee shop and distance to gate
  36. Real-time flight information in airports
  37. Beacon tags enables tracking for luggage so travelers can do something else than standing and waiting
  38. In case of losing baggage when traveling, possible to find it again through secure connection (samsonite)
  39. Detecting customers as they enter cafés, enabling to order and pay from app
  40. Social benefits by enable students on campuses to see where their friends are
  41. Navigations within railway stations to find platforms and points of interest
  42. Track users within cities and other locations, such as bars and restaurants to see which are most frequently visited
  43. Boost efficiency and safety at hospitals by sending push notifications to staff, patients and visitors about e.g. crash cart control, environment of care surveys for managing room inspections, etc. (and enable navigation for visitors to optimize staff time)
  44. Give information to visitors passing through about how full a venue is and/or how many free spaces that is left
  45. Real estate agency sending push notifications to nearby users in the street who have searched for property to rent/buy
  46. Sending offers and discount to users within cinemas
  47. Improve apartment living by using real-time data about busyness of fitness center or laundry room
  48. Get access to menu on smartphone when entering a restaurant
  49. Manager notified when customer enters restaurant and gets access to quest profile including history, notes taken, and feedback
  50. Withdraw money from ATM without using physical card
  51. Use beacons for Click & Collect services, when customer is in proximity of the venue, employees get notified and are able to have the item ready by the time the customer arrives.
  52. Get lucrative offers from restaurants/cafes when using Uber taxies
  53. Staff within retail gets notified of customers entering and they purchasing history/favorite products for recommendations
  54. Tag products in stores for later or to make it easier for friends to find it
  55. Be alerted of close by constructions/accidents on the road while driving through GPS/map