Proximity DMP for the public transport of the future

We love to share new approaches and ideas with other creative minds and move the topic of proximity services forward. This requires new innovative ideas from all areas to keep the process going.
So last weekend we were once again a partner at one of these great events called Hackathon: #berlinsteigtum was the slogan of the first BVG Urban Mobility Hackathon in Berlin.

Approximately one hundred participants from various fields of work came together to develop new approaches to public transport in Berlin. These included pupils, students and professionals, participants with and without IT experience, who provided a variety of ideas and solutions.

Participants of the Hackathon
During the opening speeches everyone was still relaxed.(Credits to Turbine Kreuzberg Twitter: @turbinekreuzbrg)

A long day and an interesting progress

After the opening on Saturday,all partners of the BVG Hackathon including Square Metrics introduced themselves.
As usual, this was followed by the Open Mic, in which everyone could present their ideas and search for teams.
During the afternoon session, we dived deeper into the subject of “proximity data” and the Proximity DMP and answered numerous questions. In addition to the explanation of the basic functioning of beacons (get some information here), we also outlined some approaches to possible scenarios and use cases that can be realized with the magic of Proximity Technologies. (You can also find numerous use cases here) These included, of course, customer notifications, asset tracking, indoor navigation etc.

We were there until late  night and came back the next morning to assist the teams in their implementations. After temporary prototypes on the Raspberry Pi, many teams had implemented their ideas already on the mobile phone. Motivation was in the air!

Drive and motivation was in the air. On Sunday at noon the tinkering came to an end. And at 13:30, the thrilling moment came: All projects were presented to the four-member jury of BVG Senior Executive Finance, Digitization and Sales Dr. Ing. Henrik Haenicke, Permanent Secretary Christian Rickerts, Miriam Wohlfahrt, Managing Director RatePAY, and Valerian Seither, Co-Founder Emmy Sharing

The winners
With our infrastructures as well

Nine teams won, including a team that had used our beacon infrastructure and our SDKs:


The team developed indoor navigation in stations and merged beacons with Augmented Reality. The positioning was calculated by the signal strength of the beacons and the navigation on the mobile phone was supported by arrows and AR navigation icons to provide better orientation within the stations.


Team PainPal worked with our beacon infrastructure and SDKs.
Their solution was a mobile app, through which passengers could share information about dirty cabins, train delays and relevant passenger information. The mobile phone location was determined by beacons using the Square Metrics SDK to collect and display hyperlocal information.

To summarize, we could report on a really great, informative and extremely interesting hackathon of the BVG. We were very happy to participate in this event as a partner and look forward to more such events in the future.

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