Beacon Redundancy

If your beacon solution depends on your beacons being up and running all the time, consider deploying multiple beacons in a single area. When two beacons have the exact same identifiers, they don’t conflict, but rather extend the area covered by both beacons. For example, if it is important to have a user be notified…

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Powering Beacons

Since beacons use Bluetooth Low Energy, most people think that a beacon can run on any battery for an indefinite amount of time. While Bluetooth Low Energy was designed for long life on small batteries, this is not true for every Bluetooth Low Energy device. Some Bluetooth Low Energy devices may not broadcast at all,…

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Positioning Beacons

A beacon is a small device that broadcasts identifiers over Bluetooth. It may seem very simple to just stick a beacon wherever is the most convenient, it is important to consider the best location when installing a beacon. First, beacons broadcast using radio waves, and are affected by objects that are between the user’s phone…

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Five Hidden Costs of iBeacon Deployments

When looking at different beacons, don’t just consider the price of the beacon itself but the cost for setup, deployment, and maintenance. The actual cost of beacons in a solution is only one component, and may very well be the smaller cost overall. Here are five areas to consider for when considering the cost of…

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Send Push notifications without installing an app

Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night, drenched in sweat, wondering how everyone seems to be able to send push notifications, but YOU can’t? While medication can help, consider something much more entertaining: meetings.twocanoes.com & a pass. A website and a pass? For push notifications? IMPOSSIBLE! Hold on, come back here….

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Samsung Placedge SDK

Samsung jumped into the proximity space last week,and Doug Thompson over at Beekn.net did a good write up here. We’ll see what Samsung does with beacons, but you can buy one of our Bleu Station beacons and start beacon-enabling your apps and solutions right now.

The next iBeacon frontier: Mobile Device Management

Using iBeacons to trigger polices on iPhones and iPads withmobile device management (MDM) is giving IT system administrators with large deployments of mobile new options that improve user experience and enterprise security while reducing help desk costs. JAMF Software, creators of the Casper Suite client management and MDM solution, is leading the way and posted…

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iBeacons, Wayfinding, and Customer Experience: 5 ways BLE technology is changing Travel

Traveling using public or airline transport is often a stressful and confusing experience both for the average consumer and passengers with disabilities. iBeacons are the perfect technology to mediate the stress involved in both navigating transport systems and receiving updates for current departure or arrival times. Several major airline and rail networks are currently implementing…

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iBeacon Security Part 3: Deployment Tips

Now that we understand how beacons work and best practices for keeping them secure, here are some tips for getting the most out of your beacons. Maintenance You should consider support costs beyond initial beacon deployment. While battery powered devices may be attractive for easy initial deployment, battery replacement can drive up support costs. A…

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