New prototype app could help visually impaired navigate airport

(WXYZ) - A new tech initiative at one of our nation's largest airports could help visually impaired passengers find their way.

It's a smartphone app prototype and the San Francisco International Airport is hoping to implement the app to help passengers who are blind or visually impaired navigate through an airport terminal independently without the need for assistance.

Airport officials say the prototype app works in conjunction with beacons set up throughout the airport.
There are about 500 beacons in the terminal that call out different parts of the airport, like gate boarding areas, restaurants-and even power outlets.

The app is still scheduled to undergo more testing before being fully released to the traveling public.

If this app really produces promising results, we could see this type of technology popping up in airports all over the world.

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