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SPREO ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF AFFORDABLE, RAPID DEPLOYMENT MOBILE WAYFINDING APP FOR HEALTHCARE

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SPREO ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF AFFORDABLE, RAPID DEPLOYMENT  MOBILE WAYFINDING APP FOR HEALTHCARE

Quick Start iOS and Android app solves indoor GPS deficiencies with proprietary technology

NEW YORK, Mar. 2nd, 2017: SPREO Indoor Location Solutions has announced the launch of a rapid deployment mobile wayfinding app for health care systems and hospitals. It is priced to be the most cost effective mobile app available on the market, allowing rapid deployment and easy adoption for stressed healthcare systems. The QUICK START wayfinding mobile app can be implemented with minimal involvement and support from internal departments.

The  SPREO QUICK START mobile wayfinding app uses an interactive mobile map to lead users step-by-step across expansive hospital campuses and complex buildings. It is designed to reduce patient frustration and anxiety by making it easy to navigate to multiple specialty centers and through the multiple floors, wings and towers of hospital buildings. SPREO QUICK START gives patients an intuitive mobile map that allows them to find their way from home to parking to multiple appointments and back.

“The proprietary technology of SPREO provides reliable and accurate indoor positioning so that users always know where they are,” said Avi Sacajiu, SPREO Founder and CEO.  “SPREO is the first company to develop and deploy proprietary technology that enables indoor positioning accuracy. GPS technology does not work indoor. SPREO technology allows users to know where they are at any moment in time in relation to their entry point and desired destination.”

SPREO Quick Start Includes:

  • iOS and Android mobile application software
  • Onsite rapid installation
  • Data preparation for easy installation
  • End-to-end project management
  • Secured cloud ecosystem for system & content management
  • Branded wayfinding mobile  app for your hospital

 

SPREO QUICK START removes obstacles to hospital revenue by reducing missed patient appointments, increasing patient satisfaction and reducing staff interruptions by patients and visitors asking for directions. Missed appointments cost the U.S. healthcare system more than $150 billion a year. Studies* have found that problems in wayfinding at Emory University Hospital cost the institution $220,000 annually.

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*Zimring, C. The Costs of Confusion: Non-monetary and Monetary Costs of the Emory University Hospital Wayfinding System; Georgia Institute of Technology: Atlanta, GA, USA, 1990

Daytona 500 Mobile App Launches with Spreo Location Tech

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Are you a NASCAR fan?

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Things are heating up in sunny Florida as time ticks down to the biggest NASCAR race event of the year, the Daytona 500. Time trials and qualifiers have been completed, and the big race is Sunday, February 21.

International Speedway Corp and Daytona International Speedway selected Spreo to provide interactive mapping, wayfinding and location-based alerting to elevate the fan experience. With over 150,000 people expected to attend the event, the official Daytona App for iOS and Android is a must-have to receive up-to-the-minute alerts, multimedia, and location-based experiences.

The app helps fans save the location of their parking spot and navigate them to any of the hundreds of various amenities, activities and concessions. Spreo installed about a thousand Bluetooth Low Energy Beacons around the facility to enable live, high-performance ‘Blue Dot’ location and dynamic step-by-step navigation. The infrastructure also enables Proximity and Geofence alerts to give fans the best offers and tips on how to explore and enjoy the brand new concourse and sponsored zones.

For more information check out www.daytonarising.com and www.daytona500.com and download the app today on Android and iOS!

Place Indoor Location Conference in NYC

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The “blue dot” following the indoor location dialogue is coming to SPREO’s hometown, New York City, during the Place Conference next month. The conference, presented by Opus Research, is a one day event that will take place Tuesday June 9th, 2015. The focus of the event is to understand the power of indoor location technology and how it can power consumer engagement and business development.

There will be speakers from the retail and consumer market shedding light to the ways in which indoor location technology has and will enhance the industry. In addition to many industry leaders, Ivan Frank of the Taubman Company will be describing “The Taubman Mall” case study, involving SPREO indoor positioning system and software. Ivan is the director of Digital Marketing, and he continues to work closely with SPREO to integrate innovative location-aware technology in the Taubman Centers mobile apps to ensure that our technology empowers shoppers with a variety of helpful use cases.

In addition to consumer industry leaders, there will be companies present that are leaders in different facets of the indoor location based services and technology industry, including representatives from SPREO. This conference is an example of the growth of the indoor location market, as location awareness quickly becomes an integral part of the internet of things. SPREO believes that this technology is reshaping and influencing the future of digital consumer engagement.

 

To find out more about the Place Conference check out the conference’s website here: http://opusresearch.cvent.com/events/place-2015-nyc/event-summary-d7083afbcab7442086ea1b1b69958fa9.aspx

 

 

 

WFLA NBC 8 TV News Feature Positively Reviewed The Mall at UTC App [Video]

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Happy New Year from everyone at SPREO!

SPREO Director of Marketing was recently interviewed by WNCN investigative news reporter John Rogers for a feature on the new Mall at UTC app. See the video below, courtesy of WNCN.

 

SPREO Announces Deal with The Taubman Company to Provide Indoor Navigation and Positioning to Taubman Centers Retail Shopping Malls

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SPREO technology powers the first-of-its-kind indoor positioning and indoor navigation (IPIN) system that is embedded via SDK in the Taubman Centers mobile experience app. SPREO indoor location technology generates sub-meter location accuracy for both Android and iOS mobile devices indoors.

The deal between SPREO and The Taubman Centers is to provide an integrated indoor location based services (LBS) solution that includes Bluetooth® Low Energy (BLE) SMART™ beacons, Software Development Kit (SDK) integrations for Android and iOS mobile applications, and licenses for indoor positioning services at Taubman shopping centers nationwide.

Co-Founder and CEO Avi Sacajiu said, “SPREO has solved significant technical challenges related to using RF signals for precise mobile device location in large, crowded open spaces, including detecting floor level accuracy and navigation directions. We’ve gained expertise in managing and deploying BLE beacons to offer a reliable and useful user experience. I am excited to leverage SPREO indoor technology in retail, healthcare, hospitality, government, security, tradeshows, education and enterprise. SPREO’s solution and the success of this deployment paints a promising future for our company.”

SPREO Demonstrated Indoor Location & Navigation at Location & Context World Tradeshow Event

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SPREO sponsored the first-of-its-kind tradeshow event specializing and focusing on indoor location-based services, technology and applications. This was a two day event that was attended by industry leaders and influencers around trending topics such as iBeacons, location-based notifications, brand mobile engagement best practices and more. The packed days included lectures, panels and sessions devoted to exploring the ins and outs of Location and Context. SPREO was a premier sponsor and also demonstrated our location solution, which is currently implemented in shopping centers and hospitals around the world.

Another attendee was WalMart, and Wendy Bergh, VP of Walmart eCommerce, stated the success that their team has seen with in-store location-based features to customers to help improve the shopping experience.

“Walmart launched the new Search My Store feature on iPhone and Android this fall. Search My Store allows customers to search their local store to find out the price, location and availability of merchandise. Walmart was also first to market with Store Mode in 2012, which used geo-fencing to provide a unique in-store experience to customers via the App.”

Bergh was also excited to “learn from other leaders in the mobile space on how they are using location to better service their customers.”

David Montoya, CEO and Co-Founder of Satisfi, was another panel leader who pointed out that one of the biggest challenges in the LBS space is “developing solutions (via apps and software platforms) that actually solve the issues that consumers face. Just because you can build something doesn’t mean it solves a need of the consumer in a location/context-aware scenario.”

These were two great examples of industry leaders focusing on the challenges that consumers face, and how location-based services can solve these issues while empowering customers with a mobile solution in the palm of their hand. It is this same thinking that drives SPREO and our platform that includes features like ‘Blue Dot’ indoor navigation, Find My Friends indoors, Save My Parking Spot, location-based notifications management, interactive maps and directories.

We also heard from Natasha Léger, Editor LBx Journal & President, The Location Forum, whose organization coined a term we hadn’t heard before, Locationomics, “which is the use of location data about people, places, assets and situations by businesses and organizations to enable them to save time and money, operate more efficiently, better serve existing and future customers, and identify new product and service opportunities.”

We couldn’t agree more with Natasha’s view, and we feel that SPREO’s value proposition intrinsically consists of the many ways that we enable venues and their visitors to function and engage more fluidly and intuitively while saving time, money and headaches.

SPREO Selected as a Finalist at the Citi Mobile Challenge U.S. 2014

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citi-mobile-challenge With SPREO technology live in several malls, hospitals and office buildings around the world, we approached the Citi Mobile Challenge U.S. 2014 as an opportunity to demonstrate our technology and its many valuable benefits and use cases in the ‘FinTech’ (Finance technology) sector.

Our submission was CILE, Customer Identification and Local Engagement, a BLE-based SDK location platform that provides bank staff and visitors with account information and contextual information to enrich the banking experience and increase efficiencies.

CILE-customer-screen Each teller, equipped with a license and integration of the CILE SDK on their corporate mobile device, tablet or computer, would receive location-based notifications and customer information in real-time. This mobile solution empowers local bank tellers to offer the best customer service in the world and provides several competitive advantages. In our mind, the solution is relevant to banking, casinos, hotels, clubs… any venue that has customers and benefits from a customer-centric and personalized concierge app.

A panel of entrepreneurs, investors and leaders in technology and banking reviewed our submission and selected SPREO as a finalist. There were three demonstration events: Silicon Valley on Nov. 10, New York on Nov. 12, and Miami on Nov. 14. SPREO presented at the New York City demo at a venue just minutes from our lower midtown headquarters.

Jorge Ruiz, Business Development and Digital Banking Head for Citi Latin America, spearheaded the Citi Mobile Challenges, and remarked, “The competitors have infused our organization with innovative ideas in both the Consumer and Corporate Banking areas, which will be at the forefront of mobile banking innovation. Their contributions have the potential to impact millions around the world, and we look forward to continue working with each of them over the coming months.”

Jorge Rubio, Inclusive Finance & Microfinance Head for Citi Latin America added, “Digital technologies and mobile channels have enormous potential to expand financial inclusion across markets. We couldn’t be happier with the results because many of the solutions presented can help us better serve our institutional clients as they expand the outreach in their supply and distribution chains, while at the same time contributing to the development of more inclusive financial systems.”

SPREO is proud to be awarded as a finalist in the competition, after hundreds of submissions were reviewed, and we want to thank Jorge and everyone at Citibank for the great opportunity and experience.

Citi is offering a total of $100,000 in prizes, with $50,000 being awarded to the most Innovative Mobile Solution and $50,000 given to the best Internet of Things/Wearable idea. The finalists that are selected will also be invited to conduct a commercial relationship with the bank and may even be able to implement their concepts into Citi’s partner accelerator programs.

 

SPREO to Provide Indoor Navigation and Location Based Services to Englewood Hospital & Medical Center

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We are proud to announce that Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in Englewood, New Jersey has selected SPREO to to implement indoor navigation and location based services.

The solution ensures that patients and visitors at Englewood Hospital will be able to navigate seamlessly through the large complex. Users will be able to search for their destinations in a variety of ways, including text input, voice search, QR code scanning and category-based browsing.  Users then receive step-by-step dynamic navigation with live positioning using visual, voice, and augmented reality modes to ensure they find their way.

SPREO Presents at Tech Startup Showcase in Jersey City

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Steve Fulop, Mayor of Jersey City; Brett Reisman, Director of Marketing of SPREO

Steve Fulop, Mayor of Jersey City; Brett Reisman, Director of Marketing of SPREO

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop and the New York Consulate General of Israel Ido Aharoni invited SPREO and seven other promising Israeli companies to present at a tech showcase in Jersey City last week.

SPREO’s indoor navigation system exemplifies the innovative energy of the newest generation of technology, and it was featured in local news source the The impressing attendees and gaining the attention of regional news sources The Jersey Standard and NJ.com. Like many of the other products featured at the showcase, SPREO’s technology originated in Israel.

Avi Sacajiu, CEO of SPREO, described how the navigation system was first used in a hospital in Haifa, Israel, and how it is poised to become an instrumental technology in many venues in the United States. Not only was the high caliber of the startups at the showcase evident, but the dynamic quality of transnational tech is always creative and inspiring.

SPREO was excited by the energy around Israeli technology and happy to present on how our indoor location technology and products to the Jersey City audience. Our technology is not only useful in venues like hospitals and shopping centers; it also provides tremendous value to municipalities and public transportation systems.

iOS 8 Blog Series Chapter 1: What is Swift Programming Language?

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In the first of our series on Apple’s new iOS 8, we begin by looking at Swift, the new programming language. Future blog posts will focus on Location Services, HealthKit and Home Kit.

Apple has introduced the new versions of its operating systems for desktop (OS-X Yosemite) and mobile (iOS 8) devices.

In general it seams that the focus on these releases is the improvement of connectivity and interoperability, creating an environment in which a user can seamlessly transition an activity from one device to the next within the iOS ecosystem. With this, all user devices are up to date with work done on the other devices. So one can continue work / see any thing started on one device be dynamically updated on an other device.  For example, start an email or phone call on your iPad and conclude it on your iPhone.

For SPREO, there are other new features and aspects that are very interesting. The First is Sprite, a new programming language.

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Apple has introduced Swift, a new object language similar to Java or Ruby on Rails.

According to exposed performance benchmarks, it is doing a very good job compared to Ruby or Objective-C. It appears that Apple is pushing hard for developers to extensively use Swift. We estimate that in two years from now Swift will dominate new programming code.

How does that relate to SPREO?

Our current SDK, API and white-label application are built in Objective – C.  In the long term outlook, we predict that all of our customers will want to use a Swift based SDK/API/White-label.   In the short term, we will continue to work on and improve the current build which is in Objective – C (we continue to innovate, add features, and improve constantly). At the same time, we have already started to work with Swift and plan to have full Swift based framework in the future.

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