Denmark’s Copenhagen Airport has partnered with SITA Lab to develop an augmented reality iPhone app designed to help users navigate its terminals. Copenhagen Airport says this is a first for location-based augmented reality services, which typically don’t deliver information about the layout of indoor areas. The GPS signals location-based services rely upon often have trouble penetrating building materials. Copenhagen Airport’s AR app keeps track of a user’s location by using Wi-Fi signals generated inside the airport’s terminals.
Copenhagen Airport already has a successful iPhone app which has been downloaded over 100,000 times since December 2010. The new AR app triangulates a user’s position inside the airport, then displays relevant information based on what a user is looking at through a camera’s viewfinder. The app gives users information about gate locations, shops, restaurants, and other services. In particular, the AR app can help give a user directions to a desired gate. The app is expected to launch in the App Store in the next few weeks.