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Thursday, January 9, 2014
iBeacon Location-Sensing Tech Put To Use At Grocery Stores
InMarket debuts its iBeacon platform in dozens of Safeway and
Giant Eagle supermarkets to give shoppers grocery list reminders,
deals, and reward points.
Apple's iBeacon location-sensing technology appears to be having a major breakthrough. Mobile shopping startup InMarket announced Monday that it's beginning to use the platform in more than 150 grocery stores across the US, according to The Associated Press.
This means the 20 million people who use InMarket's apps on its Mobile to Mortar platform will be able to get grocery list reminders, deals, and reward points at supermarkets like Safeway and Giant Eagle. To use the technology, shoppers have to opt in by downloading specific apps, like InMarket's Checkpoints.
Apple debuted iBeacon late last year on devices running iOS 7. The location-sensing technology works by sending off short-range (Bluetooth) transitions that notify mobile devices when they are within 100 feet of a beacon. This type of location-sensing technology can be used for indoor navigation, automatic ticketing, and location-relevant promotions.
InMarket's iBeacon feature will be in more than 150 stores in Seattle, San Francisco, and Cleveland within the next two weeks; and the company plans to expand to thousands of grocery and retail stores by the end of 2014, according to the AP.