Columbus just invested $10.000 to turn the city into the first iBeacon city in the country.
It would make the citizen saver by holding their smartphone once they are walking around the city. The app itself will let the citizen knows any news and update about the city.
It delivers messages using Bluetooth Low Energy that doesn’t require a lot of energy and does not need to be paired. This iBeacon technology will be deployed in the city to create different experience for the citizen or tourism.
The app will also has built-in emergency button. It will direct the citizen who is in the emergency situation to 911. This will increase security around the city itself without replacing 911.
Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson says, “It’s certainly worth it to us as a community and we’re grateful he chose Columbus as the I-Beacon city. ”
Taking a step back, it seems that Columbus is not the first city with iBeacon. Bucharest has developed iBeacon technology in their public transportation. Beside that, another city like New York and San Diego also looking forward to deploy iBeacon.
Not so far away, in Southeast Asia, Singapore is going to build their Smart City concept by enhancing the security.