Japan Airlines and NRI start demonstration test of iBeacon and Smartwatch

TOKYO, Japan - Japan Airlines Co, Ltd (JAL) and Nomura Research Institute, Ltd.

Japan Airlines and NRI start demonstration test of iBeacon and Smartwatch

TOKYO, Japan – Japan Airlines Co, Ltd (JAL) and Nomura Research Institute, Ltd. (NRI) will start demonstration test of iBeacon *1 and smartwatch*2 for the airline’s airport passenger service within approx. a month from July 16, 2014.

*1. iBeacon: iBeacon introduced in 2013 is a transmitter that can notify nearby Bluetooth low-energy (BLE) devices of their presence. iBeacon is the trademark of Apple Inc.

*2. Smartwatch: A computerized wristwatch communicating with smartphone that can display information or run mobile apps.

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At Haneda airport’s Domestic Terminal 1, beacon installed at each boarding gate can pinpoint the location of JAL’s boarding gate staff with BLE devices. The information of each staff’s location and the whole assignment can be simultaneously mastered by controller desk in back office. JAL aims to serve passengers in immediate response and be able to efficiently assign staff in the front line by using the advanced technology. Frontline staff can check and share the latest information related to their business activities by using wearable device*3-smartwatch.

*3. Wearable device: Miniature electronic devices that are worn by the bearer under, with or on top of clothing with features such as picture display, cell phone and emailing etc.

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