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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 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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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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Five Questions About BeaconGrid Beacon Sensors: Answered

Mar 6, 2017 11:09:18 AM By Lucy M Topics: beaconoutlet · Physical web · beaconplug · beaconcard · beacongrid · beaconring


I’d never actually heard of beacons before I got this job; my knowledge of Bluetooth was limited to a mental image of a lot of Very Important Businessmen talking on headsets while power-walking down Wall Street.
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How We Built the World's First Beacon Outlet (Part 1)

Dec 14, 2016 9:30:00 PM By newsletter Topics: beaconoutlet

We started BeaconGrid with the notion of developing integrated electronics hardware & software that will fit into a standard single gang duplex wall outlet. The ultimate goal was to create a sensor outlet (presence first) that would be secure, scalable, and reliable.

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NO PEEKING - Our new BeaconOutlet app is almost here.

Oct 4, 2016 8:06:21 AM By Laura Topics: beaconoutlet · Uncategorized

BeaconGrid created BeaconOutlets to locate people and things indoors where GPS signal cannot reach. Our patented BeaconOutlet includes a cloud-based platform management and proximity data infrastructure so you can easily answer the who, what, and where inside your building. Now, we’re introducing a newly redesigned app as we continue to streamline your experience with BeaconOutlets.

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BeaconGrid CEO Presents Innovation Talk at 2016 Bluetooth World Conference

Apr 28, 2016 8:02:36 PM By newsletter Topics: beaconoutlet · Indoor Proximity

BeaconGrid CEO, Emmanuel Azih, presented an Innovation Talk at the 2016 Bluetooth World Conference in Silicon Valley. His presentation focused on BeaconOutlets and relative indoor positioning. The following is a recap of the presentation and supporting materials.

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