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Imagine that it’s July 3rd and you are on your home from work. You still need to make a last minute shopping trip to get ready for your 4th of July BBQ. You step into the mall look left, right and realize holy smokes! Where do I get patriotic table runners… lawn games… and a pair of red, white and blue sunglasses before the mall closes?
One answer for you: multi-point trip planner.
In addition to positioning and navigation, there are some really helpful features that SPREO’s technology offers. One of the features is multi destination trips (or multi-POI trips). Add desired stores, or even the individual items you are looking for, to your itinerary and the app will compile the shortest trip for you. Taking into account store times, and other restrictions, the app will make sure that no time is wasted. Trips can be pre-planned before the visitor enters to the shopping center. With the multi-POI trip SPREO is able to add ease and efficiency to what can be an overwhelming and timely experience.
Not only is this extremely helpful to the user but the facility benefits as well. The feature helps the mall owner know what stores are most frequently visited, which store groups are visited together, and where the foot traffic is heaviest. This helps to maximize the mall’s free-standing carts and food-stands, optimize sales, and manage the mall layout. SPREO envisions that the benefits of this multi-POI will expand to include workforce management and add simplicity to the stock-room. For example, with the multi-POI feature, an employee can easily find and retrieve items from a back warehouse in a timely fashion.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 joined 7 other tech start-ups with Israeli roots at the USIBC Tech Roadswhow last week, hosted at 7 World Trade Center by Silver Suites. There were over 225 entrepreneurs, executives and investors in the audience, and SPREO’s Director of Marketing, Brett Reisman, presented a demo and pitch about our innovative and superior indoor navigation technology. He also conveyed the vision and ambition that SPREO plans for the future of indoor location based services, including a unified platform and SDK for enterprises, agencies and developers.
To view Brett’s Presentation, see below: