Apple’s iOS Geofencing Feature Could be the Next Big Thing
Apple has published two patent applications for iOS in regards to location sharing. One is the Geofencing technology and the other one is an indoor push notification service based on node triangulation.
The Geofencing will make your life way easier and it will let you run errands without forgetting them and on time. The news comes from AppleInsider and they describe it as a two device process which can alert you when others are about to reach the destination to automatically turning on smart home appliances.
Through the ‘Customized location notification’ the users can send and receive notifications from their friends as they move across predetermined zones. It works almost like the Find My Friends app. The first user requests second user via push notifications to share their location. Once it is allowed, both devices share routes and events and further they broadcasting of notification is activated.
When the second user enters or crosses a preset Geofenced zone, first user is notified. First user is informed if second user is minutes away from the event, then a response message and a POI route is displayed.
Second patent is ‘Indoor remote triggered location scanning’ which uses nodes, wireless transceivers, within a structure or building for positioning. These nodes are set throughout the building at known location. The permanent ones can be used for peer-to-peer communication.
It cannot be said for sure that this patent will be included in the upcoming iOS version. Although the location sharing technology has long been in Apple’s mind and it has in the past invested a lot of resources in the project.
Both location sharing patents by Apple were filed in 2013 December and their inventors include Swapnil R. Dave and Devrim Varoglu.