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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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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A Better Beacon

Twocanoes Labs started selling beacons about a year ago, and we just announced our next generation beacon, Bleu Station Beacon Series 200. We have deployed tens of thousands of our Bleu Station Beacons Series 100 throughout retail, commercial and educational customers. From these deployments, we learned a lot, and we took what we learned when…

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Easily Generate an iBeacon UUID on OS X

The command line on OS X has a lot of power, and you can use it to help with iBeacon configuration. An iBeacon configuration requires a UUID, major, and minor number. Using a UUID means that administrators can generate their own UUID without having to register with a central authority. OS X provides a simple…

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Numbering & Naming Beacons

One of the common questions we get is how to select a major and minor number when configuring iBeacons. Apple provides some examples, but really up to you to decide on a scheme to for the major and minor numbers. The important thing to consider when selecting the major and minor numbers is that you…

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Aislelabs iBeacons Battery Life Tests

The website Aislelabs tested a bunch of battery powered Beacons, and did some good analysis of the chips sets and battery usage of the different beacons. It highlights something we have known for a while: Battery powered beacons in-spec require you to change the batteries *a lot*. Apple is very specific about the broadcast rate…

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Is Your Show Ready for iBeacons?

Expos, trade shows, fairs, and local markets can all take their attendee’s exhibits to the next level with beacons. Mobile applications for events need to incorporate beacon intelligence and present targeted content to visitor’s phones when in proximity to products. Event coordinators should provide the opportunity for exhibitors to capture attendee’s attention in these often…

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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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Customer Connections: iBeacons Enhance the Retail Experience

I’m fascinated by the way retailers are deploying iBeacons in their stores. The opportunities to connect with customers are endless. For starters, iBeacons can broadcast in a specific area of the store (unlike geofencing, which simply forms a large perimeter). An iBeacon near the front door can broadcast an electronic greeting to everyone with your…

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