Beacons (Apple calls them iBeacons™) are small transmitters that are permanently sending a signal in a distance from a few inches/centimeters (close), to a few foot/meters (near) and up to 70 meters to all devices that are listening for such a signal. The devices that listen are all iPhone newer than the iPhone 4s and devices that support Android 4.3 or newer such as a Samsung Galaxy S4. If your device is receiving a signal and it knows what to do with it, it will notify on the device screen about it with a message such as, here is something that might interest you such as a coupon or a special offer.
We were approached by SABMiller to help them build and test a prototype iPhone application using ibeacons to push location based beer offers to customers in pubs and supermarkets. Read our learnings here http://www.ideasmadedigital.com/home/index/10
Mexia Interactive demonstrates indoor positioning of a mobile device within a building. Using our leading M-Sensor that includes a USB powered iBeacon/BLE module with an external antenna, we are able to accurately position a device inside any building and have onboard sensors move the ‘blue dot’ along with the user.
Mexia can provide Developers with a complete SDK (iOS as of June2014. Android SDK ready Aug14) to integrate this technology into any indoor mapping or wayfinding component for an App.
Additional functionality of the Mexia M-Sensor include Enterprise level WiFi, iBeacon/BLE mobile engagement and best-in-class anonymous mobile location analytics. We also provide complete CMS (content management system) SDK’s for iOS and Android for iBeacon/BLE that provides proximity notifications, social connectivity, geo-fencing and a secure 3 token mobile payment module.
Prototype implementation of an offline (i.e. no internet connection required) iBeacon-based door access control currently installed at BAG Networks HQ at Empire.