BeaconGrid Blog

How Do iBeacons Work? All You Need To Know

May 23, 2017 11:00:00 AM By Connie Topics: ibeacon



In 2012, if you had heard the word “beacon,” you might have thought of a lighthouse by the sea or the metaphor “a beacon of hope.”

The other beacon, the one we’re interested in, is the Bluetooth low energy (BLE) beacon that has recently become trendy. BLE beacons were popularized by Apple in 2013 when the company unveiled its ibeacon protocol specifying how to use the ibeacon. From there, companies like BeaconGrid have created their own ibeacons that have been proliferated across a variety of industries for versatile uses.

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Beacons and Privacy : Clearing the Air on a Hot-Button Topic

May 18, 2017 11:20:00 AM By newsletter Topics: Beacons

This is not “Minority Report.” Tom Cruise isn't going to come barrelling down the street at high speeds after you. We are not descending into a depressing, distopian future. The topic, Beacons and privacy, is another iteration of the apprehension and confusion following a new shiny piece of technology. It's not as interesting as "Minority Report," but the discussion sure helps to clear the air.

Beacons usher in new opportunities for technological advancement and engagement. Such innovation, however, is accompanied by understandable misunderstandings of the somewhat vague concerns of degraded personal privacy as a result of beacon technology.

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In-Depth Eddystone: The 5 Key Facts About Eddystone Beacons

May 16, 2017 9:30:00 AM By Connie Topics: Eddystone

 

Released by Google in July 2015, the Eddystone Beacon protocol  is a relatively new protocol, but it is already being experimented with and adapted in many industries.

 

Like the iBeacon released by Apple in 2013, Eddystone beacons operate on the basic premise of broadcasting Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) signals from a piece of hardware to communicate simple data to other devices. (For beacon basics, see our article here.)

 

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Is a BeaconOutlet an Apple iBeacon?

May 10, 2017 2:00:00 PM By newsletter Topics: beaconoutlet · Eddystone · ibeacon · Physical web

First glance reveals BeaconOutlets look and function like traditional electric outlets, but they are so much more. Their unique quality lies in their ability to broadcast Apple iBeacon and Google Eddystone signals via an integrated Bluetooth Smart system. The skinny of it is: our outlets enable software solutions based around presence detection.

Among numerous other functionalities, BeaconOutlets send unique IDs or URLs into space. These are sometimes called UUIDs (iBeacon) or Physical Web URLs (i.e., Eddystone).  Apps on smartphones receive the ID or URL and can perform various tasks to improve everyday life.

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What Is Indoor Proximity? 3 Key Things to Know About Bluetooth Beacons

May 4, 2017 11:00:00 AM By newsletter Topics: beaconoutlet · Indoor Proximity

beacons enable high level solutions based around proximity detection. Imagine your door unlocking for you!

what is indoor proximity? For some it's a bit of a vague catch all for rapidly advancing bluetooth technology.  We've condensed three important facets of proximity detection for quick reading:

  • Hardware (beacons)
  • Middleware (API's, ERP Apps, etc.)
  • Application layers (end product)

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Bluetooth Beacon Infographic: Cheat Sheet for Business

May 2, 2017 10:00:00 AM By Laura Topics: Infographic

Need a quick refresher on the benefits of beacon technology? Fear not! We at BeaconGrid have created a bluetooth beacon infographic for all your BLE beacon needs.

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