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    Default Major League Baseball to Roll Out Thousands of iBeacons for its Opening Day

    According to a recent report, Major League Baseball will start rolling out thousands of iBeacons in 20 ballparks across the US next week, the goal being system readiness by opening day in March. Citing sources who claim to have knowledge of the situation, MacRumors reports 20 parks will be outfitted with roughly 100 iBeacons each when opening day rolls around on March 31. Among the first teams to get the microlocation technology are Boston, LA Dodges, Milwaukee, San Diego and San Francisco.

    Using iBeacons built by Qualcomm, the rollout will be one of the largest to date, excluding Apple’s own deployment in its over 250 US retail stores. For now, it remains unclear what functionality the MLB iBeacons will carry as each ballpark is largely responsible for what features it would like to implement. The MLB provides a team-configurable iOS app that will likely be used in tandem with the iBeacon rollout.

    With the At the Ballpark iOS app, users are able to check-in for rewards, carry and pull up maps. With the addition of the iBeacons, the app’s functionality could be augmented to include granular location data, automatic ticket-taking and other advanced features. Apple’s iBeacon technology uses the Bluetooth Low Energy protocol to offer two-way wireless communication at varying distances. For example, in a store setting the system can hand out coupons or special deals to end users, while simultaneously gathering customer traffic information.

    Source: MacRumors

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    What is a iBeacon?
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