Here's a scenario:
- You install a special app on your mobile device
- The next time you're in range of library beacons, you automatically receive targeted information right to your smartphone. For example -- when you walk in the front doors, you might get updates about your account; in the Children's Room, you receive notifications about upcoming children's programs; or when you near the library cafe, you get information about daily specials.
- You can save the information, or forward it to a friend.
Beacons are devices that interact with a customer's smartphone and are designed to enhance the shopping experience. Some libraries are experimenting with the devices to bring new services to their patrons. Here are a few articles that tell more about their endeavors:
- RFID Journal - "Libraries Check Out Bluetooth Beacons"
- Library Journal - " 'Beacon' Technology Deployed by Two Library App Makers"
- Fast Company - "The Internet of Things Plan to Make Libraries and Museums Awesomer"
Some related videos:
- Between Realities - An iBeacon powered museum app (1:37)
- Estimote Bluetooth Smart Beacon (shows how beacons can be used in retail) (1:17)
I can definitely see the possibilities for museums, airports, and stores. What do you think about this new technology for libraries?