iBeacon is not a physical device, but rather a Bluetooth protocol. It allows a device to transmit a small amount of information to another device, such as a two-way radio, once they are in close proximity (20m max) to one another. Beacons are a class of Bluetooth low energy (BLE) devices that broadcast their identifier to nearby portable electronic devices.

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How It Works

The technology enables Bluetooth enabled two-way radios, smartphones, tablets and other devices to perform actions when near an iBeacon. The identifier and several bytes sent with it can be used to determine the device’s physical location, track customers, or trigger a location-based action on the device such as a check-in on social media or a push notification.

Staff and assets can be located with this invisible geofencing technology, so you can ensure your employees or assets are in the right place at the right time.

These small, battery-operated units broadcast their unique identifier over Bluetooth. The two-way radio continually listens for the iBeacons, and periodically sends a report over the data channel to the application. A common use of beacons is finding lost items or not losing them in the first place. The application can trigger a buzzer in a beacon to find a lost item or trigger a notification on an application if an item (or person) is going out of range.

Key Benefits:

  • The coverage area of the iBeacons can be within the range of 1 to 80 meters; there is even a 200m range device
  • The iBeacons can be installed both indoors and outdoors
  • The number of the beacons installed determines the amount of area covered and the overall accuracy – The more beacons the radio reports, the more accurate the location fix will be.

Possible iBeacon Features (dependent upon brand and system used)

  • Guard Tour / Route Management
  • Camera Detection
  • Alarm / Intruder Management
  • Asset Tracking
  • Emergency / Lone Worker functionality
  • Telemetry – Gate / Barrier / Key Management
  • Indoor/Outdoor Positioning
  • Clear, multi-floor monitoring
  • Place beacons throughout the building, entrance/exit, or critical areas
  • Easily import building floor plans in JPEG or PNG format

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