What is a Beacon?
Beacon is a tiny, low cost, wireless sensor that you can attach to any location or object. It broadcasts tiny radio signals which your smartphone can receive and interpret to deliver proximity campaigns. The maximum range is approximately 30 meters. Beacons use iBeacon and/or Eddystone protocols to communicate with your smartphone.
What is the difference between iBeacon and Eddystone?
iBeacon works with iOS and Android
iBeacon transmits a UUID (16 digit string of numbers), Major (4 digits) and Minor (4 digits). Beacons are not mini-servers or tracking devices. Beacons do not track anything.
iBeacon requires an app to receive specific UUID to be able to engage.
The UUID is typically the same for all iBeacons working with a specific app. The “Major” and “Minor” IDs are used to identify each beacon uniquely.
EddystoneTells the smart device to open a URL
DOES NOT REQUIRE A PARTICULAR DEVELOPER’S APP INSTALLED
Eddystone-URL broadcasts a URL, which is simply a web page. You can link to any site on the Internet.
Beacons with support for Eddystone can transmit three different frame-types: Eddystone-URL, Eddystone-UID or Eddystone-TLM. All three frame-types work with iOS and Android. You can have a single beacon with Eddystone firmware transmit one, two or all three frame-types.
Eddystone-URL (Browser Beacon)
Eddystone-UID (App Beacon)
Eddystone-UID requires an app to receive that specific UID for your app to be able to engage.
Eddystone is very similar to iBeacon, but it only broadcasts a 16 digit string of numbers known as the UID (no majors or minors).
No two beacons will ever have the same UID.
The main function of Eddystone is to transmit sensor data from the beacon itself. This includes the beacon’s battery state for now, but could transmit other sensory data including information about temperature (thermometer), movement (accelerometer), etc.
Where can I get a Beacon?
Order one from a beacon producer like Kontakt.io, Estimote, StickNFind to name only a few.
Will my phone work with Bleesk?
If you have an iPhone 4s or newer you're good. Phones with Android need to have at least Android 4.3 installed.
Does the Bleesk App need to be running to receive notifications?
The app doen't have to be running actively to receive notifications. Only Bluetooth or WiFi has to be turned on.