This morning Ospreys in the Community became the first sporting organisation in the world to distribute iBeacon technology, developed by TRY Primary School Programme partners Aspire 2Be, to schools.
After guests received their first glimpse of the worldleading technology at the TRY Programme re-launch in December, today saw teachers receive their iBeacons from OitC and Aspire 2Be and get their first training session on the Beacon App.
Fourteen schools from across Ospreylia will be piloting the scheme , which will allow Ospreys in the Community to use iBeacon technology to directly send out communications and promote key messages in a more interactive and personalised way.
The iBeacons will be placed in the schools and upon entering beacon proximity, staff and pupils can view, read and interact with expansive content which is created by OitC and Aspire 2Be, and pushed directly to their mobile devices or smartphones.
Simon Pridham, Apsire 2Be Education and Performance Director, commented on the technology:
“The OitC app we believe is the world’s first of its kind. The beacon technology means we can send messages, rich curriculum content and offers directly into classrooms across Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend. This is the first time a rugby region can talk and push content directly to schools and teachers rather than relying on them to go to a website or application to get it. This technology brings the Ospreys and its community schools closer together than ever before.”
Paul Whapham, Foundation Manager, Ospreys in the Community added:
“We’re delighted to see the technology that's been developed take the next step and actually go out into schools today. It’s fantastic for Ospreys in the Community to again be at the forefront of a new and exciting development; particularly with this being what we believe to be a world’s first.
“We’re very much looking forward to testing the technology out over the next few months with our pilot schools and seeing how we can work even more closely with them and where we can take the iBeacon technology next.”If you would like more information on the TRY Primary Schools Programme or would like to enrol your school please contact Nick Lockley on 01792 616500.