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Augmented Reality Maps Lead The Way To Free Wi-Fi

Augmented Reality Maps Lead The Way To Free Wi-Fi
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NTT and NAVITIME Japan teamed up to help tourists and locals find the nearest free Wi-Fi hotspots in Japan.

Leah Gonzalez
  • 20 february 2014

Japanese telco NTT and navigation content service provider NAVITIME Japan have partnered to make finding free Wi-Fi in Japan easier through an app with an augmented reality (AR)  feature.

Through the “Free Wi-Fi Spot Search” feature in the NAVITIME For Japan Travel app, locals and tourists can perform offline search for the nearest free Wi-Fi spot. The app provides users with navigation solutions in English, including directions to popular tourist spots and routes for public transit systems.

The new Wi-Fi search feature lets users find the nearest Wi-Fi location even when offline. The feature comes with an AR mode and users just need to hold up their mobile screens and the app overlays information like the distance and directions to the nearest free Wi-Fi destination.

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The app provides information on over 50,000 free Wi-Fi spots provided by NTT FREE Wi-Fi, FREESPOT, and Starbucks. App users will be able to obtain an ID and password for NTT East’s FREE Wi-Fi service for two weeks free of charge. The offer is available initially on a trial basis until September 30th.

The app was created to help visitors find Wi-Fi stations when traveling in Japan. According to NTT’s press release, a survey by the Japan Tourism Agency revealed that access to free public wireless connection is a main concern of tourists visiting Japan.

NAVITIME for Japan Travel can be downloaded from the iTunes store or from Google Play.

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Source: PCWorld

Images: Charleston’s TheDigitel CC BY 2.0, NAVITIME For Japan Travel

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