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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iBeacon Security Part 2: Beacon Privacy and Security

In the first part of the series, I talked about how beacons worked and the availability of the identifiers that are broadcast out from the iBeacon. Now that we covered the operations of how beacons work, let’s talk privacy. While an iBeacon broadcasts identifiers publicly, an iPhone does not need to connect to an iBeacon-enabled…

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iBeacon Security Part 1: Beacon Basics—How do beacons even work?

Two words you keep hearing are iBeacon and security. What is a beacon? How do you keep them secure? It’s important when deploying iBeacon technology to understand how beacons are used and appropriate ways to assess beacon security. Let’s start off simple. How do beacons even work? Beacons that support iBeacon-technology do not broadcast content…

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A New Era of Proximity in Mobility

Macworld 2014 in San Francisco was nothing short of a great time and the interest in beacon-related technology was inspiring. While there were a few people that stopped by our Twocanoes booth that had not heard of iBeacons before the conference, most attendees already established ideas about how iBeacons could be used. They were excited…

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Enabling Macworld/iWorld with iBeacons

We were asked by IDG World Expo to help showcase iBeacons at the Macworld/iWorld 2014 expo that is going on this week in San Francisco. We make small USB powered beacons called Bleu Stations and have been involved in proximity on iOS for the last couple of years supporting geofencing and iBeacon technology with our…

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30th History of the Mac Video

Over the past couple of weeks, we have been busy beacon-enabling Macworld/iWorld 2014 and creating a scavenger hunt for the show to demonstrate iBeacon technology. The scavenger hunt goal is to identify specific Mac models based on hints that only appear when you are near one of our Bleu Station beacons. To make it more…

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iBeacon enabling a native app

One of the cool ways that you can use iBeacons is to incorporate them into your native app so that a customer is engaged from the moment they enter your store. To demonstrate this, we created a sample app, released some sample code, created a tutorial, and even uploaded a video! Check them out at:…

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Creating a Beacon Enabled Passbook Pass on iOS with Bleu Setup

Bleu Setup is the configuration app for Bleu Station, the iBeacon compatible Bluetooth hardware from Twocanoes Software. This video shows how to use Bleu Setup to create a Beacon Enabled pass for passbook that can be shared with others. When someone with a iBeacon enabled pass gets in range of your Bleu Station, the pass…

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10 awesome things you can do today with iBeacons

Beacons have been getting a lot of press lately about how they are going to transform retail, but iBeacons are much more than that. You can use them for a bunch of cool stuff with your iPhone, your Mac, and a couple of iBeacons. First, a bit of background. iBeacons are Bluetooth devices that broadcast…

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Bleu Stations, Geohopper for iOS and Mac, Beaconfinder.com, and more

Today is a big day at twocanoes. We are releasing six new or updated projects to support our efforts around proximity. The biggest news is our iBeacon hardware, Bleu Station. When adding in support for iBeacons to Geohopper for iOS so Geohopper can notify your friends and family when in the proximity of a beacon,…

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