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BlueCats & Connecthings Joins AustinCityUP™ To Provide Proximity and Mobile Location Data on “Smart 2nd Street”

BlueCats & Connecthings Joins AustinCityUP™ To Provide Proximity and Mobile Location Data on “Smart 2nd Street”

BlueCats is excited to announce it has joined efforts with Connecthings and RATP Dev in a partnership with AustinCityUP to provide integrated mobile communications, data management and SDK integration of partner apps within an open beacon network as part of the Smart 2nd Street Project. Our beacons will be installed at locations along the 2nd Street corridor that will provide citizens and visitors with browser-based push notifications about bus schedules, delays, route changes, events, activities, alerts, news and information from other ACUP partners.

BlueCats was selected as the beacon partner because we allow the beacon to be configurable for many protocols at once – iBeacon, the entire Eddystone family, sensor measurements, and encrypted payloads. This means Connecthings can confidently reach city-goers by all mechanisms available, and the ecosystem can be adapted and expanded to support all means of civic IOT projects. Additionally, our AA Beacons will be used for the project to provide more than 5 years of life before batteries need to be replaced, water resistance and the ability to do over-the-air updates.

“BlueCats, a proud member of AustinCityUP, is excited to work with Connecthings and RATP Dev in order to showcase the next wave in civic engagement and smart city infrastructure.  Cities all over the world can utilise this technology TODAY in order to provide better services for their citizens, better engagement for their visitors, and to accomplish better operational efficiencies,” said Kurt Nehrenz, VP of Technology at BlueCats.  “BlueCats stand at the ready to continue to facilitate IoT growth for Smart Cities. “

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