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5 Quick Facts about Beacon Asset Tracking RTLS

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

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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

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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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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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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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Bluetooth Beacon Technology 101: iBeacon & Eddystone Basics

Apr 28, 2017 11:00:00 AM By Connie Topics: Eddystone · ibeacon · bluetooth · Beacons

Sorting through your options among Bluetooth technology can be like trying to choose products in a foreign grocery store. Should I get the purplish thing or the yellowish thing? How are you supposed to eat this? Can someone please translate the signs?

To mitigate some of the confusion involved in choosing beacons, we have written this article to make navigating the landscape of Bluetooth beacons easier for you.

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The Most Successful Bluetooth Beacon Deployment Considerations

Mar 23, 2017 11:00:00 AM By Connie Topics: beacongrid · bluetooth


 

A well-planned deployment is essential for a cost-effective usage of bluetooth beacons. To save on the hours of employing technical staff and the cost of ineffective configuration and placement, it is important to create a plan. Following is a checklist that you can use to ascertain a successful deployment.

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Join Us at CES - 2017

Dec 16, 2016 7:23:50 PM By Connie

 

 We're excited to be joining the Bluetooth SIG, Google, Under Armour, GE Lighting, ABI Research, and other industry leaders for “An IoT for Everyone” discussion.

We cover several topics, including how to make the IoT accessible to everyone.

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November's Top Beacon Stories

Nov 7, 2016 11:28:03 PM By Connie Topics: Uncategorized

Nothing better than to remind us of November than dusty dawns and dark trees. Enjoy these top beacon stories for the month of November!

TOP STORIES NOVEMBER 2016

Pilot Beacon Experiment to Launch in India

A pilot experiment to help disabled individuals navigate bus stops is scheduled to begin in mid-November in an Indian city. Beacons will be installed at a bus stop and on buses, and will communicate with the phones of visually impaired individuals to notify them of the approaching stop and oncoming buses. Read More.

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