The use of beacons are on the rise as organizations embrace digital innovation. Here’s a quick primer on beacon technology:
Beacons are small, wireless sensors with unique IDs that can be attached to people, places, and things. They communicate with Bluetooth-enabled mobile devices by transmitting signals to beacon-compatible apps.
When someone comes within a few meters of a beacon, the mobile device detects the signal and based on the data, it produces an action in a beacon-enabled app. Beacons operate on very low battery power and have a range of approximately 50 meters (150 feet).
The mobile app can then send messages to smartphone users or relay data back to connected servers or desktops.
What Are Beacons?
Beacons are small devices that enable a more accurate location using GPS, cell-tower triangulation and Wi-Fi proximity. Beacons transmit small amounts of data using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE).