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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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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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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How Universities Use Beacons: an Infographic

Apr 11, 2017 1:00:00 PM By Laura Topics: ibeacon · Physical web · Smart Cities

Until now, most uses of Apple’s iBeacon technology have been focused on retail spaces. However, universities have an equal or even greater opportunity to implement iBeacons by improving campus experiences for every consumer. The infographic below explains how universities use beacons currently to do so.

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Alexa, Beaconized: How to Make Amazon's Alexa Aware of Your Presence in a Room

Mar 9, 2017 12:40:24 PM By Lucy M Topics: Eddystone · ibeacon · Physical web · amazon echo · Smart Cities · beacongrid · SXSW · alexa · RTLS

Hi all; I’m glad you stuck around. Things are looking up around here. So, the last time we talked, I wrote about the basic terminology and operations when it comes to Bluetooth Beacon technology. Today, let’s take it to the next level...Amazon's Echo. 

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