Off the Beaten Path

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I was recently discussing with some potential users about all the features of Be-Bound when a member of the audience told me how, if he had known, he could have found his way back on track after getting lost on a hike this Summer.

Stephen and his wife had decided to go hiking in Europe. They chose Corsica and its famous and highly demanding Hiking path “GR 20” that runs from the north of the Island to the south in the mountains. One afternoon, after having walked for more than 3 hours, they realized they had drifted away from the sign posted path and were working on an unknown one somewhere in the mountains. How long they had been walking on the wrong route, they did not know. But they weren’t really worried. Stephen took his smartphone out of his pocket and launched the “compass” app he had downloaded for just this type of situation so that they could navigate back to the right path. Unfortunately, he could not launch the app nor make a phone call because he had no signal!

As long as they had stayed on the right path, the signal was perfect, but now that they were lost and needed some data network, they couldn’t get it! It took more than 6 hours that day for Stephen and his wife to find their way back to the “GR 20” path…As Stephen told me, had he had an app with Be-Bound’s Augmented Connectivity on his smartphone that day, he wouldn’t have had to worry about having access to a data network and he would have found his way back very quickly.

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on January 22, 2014, and has been updated to reflect the new features of Be-Bound’s Augmented Connectivity


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