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by Sarah J.F. Braley | January 21, 2015
The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority has approvde the installation of a full-building, real-time location services system at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. "ActivLocator," a geolocation technology from Sherpa Solutions, will provide turn-by-turn navigation inside the facility, helping attendees move from meeting rooms to exhibit halls, exhibit booths and the MCCA offices. A mobile app connects using Bluetooth technology; 270 transmitters will be employed throughout the BCEC. No cellular or wireless connection is needed for the directions to work on a user's mobile device. "At the MCCA, we have never been reserved about our mission to remain the most technologically advanced convention centers in the world," James E. Rooney, executive director of the facility, said in a statement. "We are thinking about technology that meeting attendees will be asking for not just in 2015, but five and 10 years from now. Real-time location services are just one of the technology initiatives we are focused on right now to better serve our customers and their attendees." Installation of the Sherpa system will be completed in March.