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Visitors to Stratford-upon-Avon can get an interactive tour of Shakespeare’s birthplace: The tourist information office is renting PDAs and visitors can use them to access local hotspots that can connect them to an interactive map and a tour of the town. This is a cool idea but what’s perhaps most remarkable is that the price for rental and the Internet access is 8 pounds. This is quite cheap for hotspot access in Europe.
The Port of Venice is using an interesting Wi-Fi-based tracking system in its parking lot: Because no cars are allowed into Venice, visitors often leave their cars in a parking lot owned by the Port. Visitors have to register online if they want to park in the lot. The Port now issues a tag for each car and can track the vehicle within the lot. It’s an interesting application and sounds like a very useful system for the Port.
I’m not clear about what happens to the tags after they are used on a vehicle. The ideal system would be one that just re-uses the tags. Otherwise, if I was parking in the lot, I’d want to make sure to throw the tag away once I left.