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iBeacons, for those that don’t know, are physical hardware devices that can be placed anywhere you want them. For a basic run-down of function: they use Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to reach out and connect to compatible mobile devices at … Read more

iBeacons, for those that don’t know, are physical hardware devices that can be placed anywhere you want them. For a basic run-down of function: they use Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to reach out and connect to compatible mobile devices at about a 50 meter range (varies due to environmental factors). Devices within the connected area can communicate with the beacon, allowing whoever controls it to send messages back and forth between connected devices and the iBeacon.

The basic, showcase example of iBeacons is placing them around a retail store, allowing the store to communicate with a dedicated app on the shoppers’ phones. And when they want to make a purchase, the iBeacon can turn that app into a simple and easy POS. So now that they’ve been out for a while, where are they? Read More

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