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Top 7 Differences Between BeaconOutlets vs. Others

Jun 30, 2017 11:48:00 AM By newsletter Topics: beaconoutlet

"How are BeaconOutlets different from, for example, Estimote or Kontakt.io beacons?" "What is the result of BeaconOutlets vs. Others?" All will be revealed. We're glad you're here.

At BeaconGrid, we're asked that question at least once a week(June 2017 edit, a lot more than once a week), so we put together a few thoughts.

Tl;dr: over 95% of beacon companies manufacture battery-powered beacons. We do not. There are some major benefits to this. Pricing is a one of them.

 

Our patented beacons (BeaconOutlets) are AC-powered, resulting in some significant advantages.


 

(1) Remote Management

BeaconOutlets integrate WiFi for zero-touch management and configuration. They're able to automatically update their settings direcly from a cloud. You can manage those settings from anywhere in the world. BeaconOutlets are also monitored 24x7. And you may elect to receive an email or text if a beacon goes offline.

Battery-powered beacons lack WiFi; they cannot communicate directly to a cloud. To manage beacon settings, you must use a smartphone that is physically next to each beacon. The smartphone then becomes the carrier to send information between the cloud and the beacon. In other words, no smartphone next to beacon = no communication with beacon.  This becomes a nightmare for larger (>20) beacon deployments.

(2) Security

BeaconOutlets broadcast BLE signals in nonconnectable mode only. This prevents other Bluetooth devices from maliciously connecting to your beacon.

Battery-powered beacons, however, almost always broadcast in a connectable mode. This opens up the possibility for unauthorized devices to connect to your beacon with malicious intent.

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4 Reasons Bluetooth Beacons are Better than WiFi for Asset Tracking

Jun 22, 2017 11:05:00 AM By Lucy M Topics: RTLS · asset tracking

Running a huge campus would stress me out. It seems like one of those jobs where, when you’re doing it well, nobody notices. But, when there’s a problem, whether it’s delays in serving patients or clients, security problems, or a more urgent emergency, everyone wants the campus manager to fix it and they want it fixed now.

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5 Quick Facts about Beacon Asset Tracking RTLS

Jun 15, 2017 2:33:07 PM By Connie Topics: RTLS

 Source: Wikimedia

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Eddystone And The Physical Web: What You Need To Know

Jun 7, 2017 10:00:00 AM By Connie Topics: Eddystone · Physical web

Source: Pixabay

 

There has been a lot of hype around Eddystone and the Physical Web lately, but what exactly are they?

 

Imagine a world in which you can just “walk up and use anything.” This is the vision for Google’s Physical Web, a project to create a world in which all physical objects can be connected to the digital world and have the ability to communicate with you or with each other. Unveiled in 2014, the Physical Web is still in its infancy, but its open source standard has allowed developers worldwide to participate in this initiative and grow it.

 

Google has decided to use Eddystone as the backbone of the Physical Web. Eddystone is Google’s protocol for the bluetooth low energy (BLE) beacon, announced in 2015. Bluetooth has become popular among mobile devices, with over 90% of mobile devices capable of receiving Bluetooth in 2014, making it a key factor for Google in trying to reach as many people as possible.

 

Eddystone itself has a variety of capabilities and protocols. Here; we’ll be specific about the Eddystone-URL, which is the specific type of Eddystone used by the Physical Web.

 

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