Beacons: Buildup or Reality?


People currently don’t need to endure the way our forefathers had to. The 21st century allows an excuse for everyone not just to live, but live well.

Now many things are pandemic to change our life for the better: compilations are changing in clothing stores, new “state of the art” models of phones, tablets, computers, household and cars are regularly arriving on the market. So, in order to eclipse our capacity and outstrip further in competitive surroundings beacon was created.

What are beacons and how do they work?

Beacons are tiny, Wi-Fi transmitters that use BLE (Bluetooth Low-Energy) automation, which is a little bit diverse from classic Bluetooth devour less energy.

They consist of a CPU, radio and batteries. The machine frequently broadcasts signals to a modifier device. The signal is elected up by your device and marks a location in your surroundings.

These are the classifications you can attach near an object and use BLE automation to identify the location of consumers in a store and deliver messages to their mobile machines.

Types of beacons:

There are different types of Bluetooth beacons but the most popular configurations are either I Beacons or Eddy stone beacons.

There is a trivial misinterpretation that Beacons, I Beacon, and Eddy stone are three separate things – no they’re not. Some simple definitions of what these three terms means are given below:

Bluetooth beacon: A Beacon (or a Bluetooth Beacon) is a piece of hard ware which occasionally carries a Bluetooth signal that can be received by other devices.

I Beacon: is a connection contract for Bluetooth beacons to follow. This protocol was designed by Apple and discharged in 2013. I Beacon works completely with both iOS and Android-based machines. It uses a UUID via the I Beacon protocol.

Eddy stone: is another contract for Bluetooth beacons. This one, was invented by Google and released in 2015. Eddy stone beacons ejects three frame-types that work completely with the iOS- and Android-based devices. A single beacon can transmit from one to three frame-types: URL, UID, and TLM.
The point of explanation above is that a Bluetooth beacon can follow any of the protocols – iBeacon or Eddy stone.

What can beacons be used for?

Beacons are often used in the peddle and commerce sectors, when an application sends you discounts, special offers or reminders when you’re adjacent the physical store.

They also find their usefulness in a vast range of business operations: airlines are using them to help passengers at airports, hotels are carrying out them as part of a leading consumer service system, and cinemas are using them to engage theater-goers.

Navigation: The convention is the same as on Google maps, only beacons can achieve it not only outdoors but indoors as well.

Security: Beacons can record safety affairs and send bulletin accordingly at workplaces.

Analysis: Beacons can stock information. This data could be used for evaluation and improving the system’s conduct.

Beacons: pros and cons

Some advantages prove that beacons are admirable of your mind:

First and foremost, beacons are economical. The price variations depending on their potential, but roughly they’re €10-30 per beacon.

Secondly, using a Bluetooth connection provides them autonomy. As averse to Wi-Fi, a beacon doesn’t demand an internet connection.


The main drawbacks of beacons:

Apparently, the biggest drawback for some people is a distance of the synergy between a beacon and a smartphone (average 50 meters). Accordingly, to pick up a notification a person has to come very close to a beacon machine. Otherwise, a beacon will not be able to connect to a livable.

Besides, receiving many bulletins could be disturbing.

What’s next for beacons? 

After the introductory build up around beacons during the past two years, some viewers say they are likely to go the route of the QR code.

In the future, beacons will find their ways into smart home systems. Imagine arriving home that automatically senses your presence, switches on the lights, and turns on your favorite playlist.