Overview of Bluetooth Beacon(s)
What are beacons?
Beacons are small, low energy Bluetooth device transmitters which send their transmission in one direction. Beacons can be easy to detect by its users over a few distance range of about 70 meters. Predominately this technology is used for locating something, especially for indoor purposes. They give more precise information on the location which is better than that of the GPS devices. They carry small packages of data from one point to another within its range. Beacons are helpful in guiding navigators to any of their destined location of their choice and enable them to send out messages which base on their proximity.
There are various types of beacon protocols, below are the major one to use
iBeacon was the first ever made Bluetooth beacon protocol; It was released into the market back in December 2013. They use UUID as their transmission mode. UUID which stands for a universally unique identifier (128 bits quality), this UUID has a 24 number string system which can communicate with a mobile application when installed on a mobile device. iBeacon’s Bluetooth energy are low; they can communicate in two directions with another device using a simple triangular sequence over a short distance. Businesses owner, mostly retailers, now use iBeacon to track what customers do when in the store and the location in the store in which they are. They simple to set up.
Eddystone was released to the market in July 2001, just after it changed from UriBeacon. Eddystone which are allowed on some set of beacons can send a transmission from various frame types, which can work on any mobile device either of Android or iOS operating systems. Just a single beacon can send a transmission of all the three types of frame. This the three types of frame;
- URL: this a web link that can transmit to a device without having to installed the application on a device.
- UID: it is similar to UUID, has a 16 character string of numbers, which makes it see individual beacons. There is a need for a mobile application installation.
- TLM: its communication is a form called telemetry.
Heatmapper allows users to visibly see their data in the shape of a heat map when mounted on a web server. They are seen through a simple to use graphic interface. Heatmapper is familiar with a microbiologist, student, geologist and environmental researchers. They provide simple data sorting, and the heat map is downloaded in image formats or pdf.