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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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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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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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Join us at SXSW - 2017

Mar 7, 2017 11:00:00 AM By John May Topics: Indoor Proximity · Physical web · BeaconGR · Smart Cities · SXSW


 

Mar 11, 2017 | 5:00pm – 6:00pm

JW Marriot Salon 7

110 E 2nd St. Austin, TX

Join us and our CEO Emmaneual Azih at SXSW for a panel on beacons, the Internet of Things, and Smart cities. We are happy to present alongside some great minds in the industry. They are:

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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 Google's Physical Web and Apple's iBeacon will impact IOT

Feb 9, 2016 10:55:02 AM By newsletter Topics: Eddystone · Physical web

Apple's iBeacon was the first, but is Google's Physical Web the best? iBeacon is just one developing area of the Internet of Things (IOT), an exciting field that explores the potential connections between the physical world and the Internet. Google’s Physical Web is also emerging onto the IOT scene with a different angle of approaching the physical-virtual divide.

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