A beacon is a small wireless device that constantly broadcasts radio signals to nearby smartphones and tablets using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). Smartphones that are nearby listen for these signals and communicate with the beacon and deliver content and experiences. 'smart beacon' is bfonics' beacons, which is built based on apple's iBeacon specifications.
BLE is the signal emitted by beacons and it is important for two reasons.
a. It transmits radio waves which can penetrate physical barriers like walls unlike Wi-Fi or cell signals which are often disrupted.
b. BLE consumes only a fraction of the battery power that classic Bluetooth does.
Yes, but they work differently. only iOS 7 devices constantly scan for BLE and wake up relevant apps — even if they are closed — when they come within range of a beacon. iPhones and iPads can do this thanks to Apple's iBeacon protocol.
Android devices, on the other hand, do not have a beacon system of this type at the operating-system level. Android apps must therefore scan for BLE, meaning that for android users to interact with beacons, they have to have the app running on their phone, at least in the background. Beacon scanning at the app level means there is more of a battery drain for android users.
Sort of. iBeacon is not an off-the-shelf beacon that retailers can buy and install in their stores (at least not yet). currently, iBeacon is a system built into the latest version of Apple's iOS 7 mobile operating system that lets iPhones and iPads constantly scan for nearby Bluetooth devices. When iBeacon identifies a beacon, it can wake up relevant apps on someone's phone, even when an app is closed and not running in the background. Additionally, iPads and iPhones can act as beacons; they can emit beacon signals to wake up apps on other iOS devices.
iBeacon lets iPhones and iPads constantly scan for nearby Bluetooth devices. When it identifies a Bluetooth device, like a beacon, it can wake up an app on someone's phone — even if the app is not running. Developers can make their apps responsive to iBeacon by using Apple's core location APIs (application programming interfaces) in iOS.
Beacons do send small bits of data, typically a unique identifier. This allows mobile apps to differentiate between beacons and perform an action when necessary (that is, a location-triggered notification). The identifier consists of three components: a UUID, which is specific to a beacon vendor; a "major," which is specific to a region, like a business or store location; and a "minor," which is specific to a sub region, like a particular department within a store.
Developers have to include the unique identifier of a beacon in the code so their app will be able to recognize it. If an app doesn't know the identifier for a beacon, then it can't be on the lookout for its BLE signal. Most beacon vendors provide developer support to help users configure their apps.
At bfonics, we provide various levels of integration services to our clients.
a. If you don't have an app for your store/business, you can make use of our platform, beacons and our mobile app in order to engage your customers better. You can use our web platform to set up your store and different 'locations/sub regions' inside your store, configure and assign our smart beacons (with unique major and minor values) to each of these sub- regions. You can also create deals and target these different sub- regions in your store. You can install our smart beacons (configured for each sub- region) in your store, which will enable you to send specific deals to the customer's mobile application and provide the best customer experience. Off course, the customer needs to download our app in order to receive the notifications.
b. We have a simple, but powerful SDK which allow you to integrate our beacon technology to your mobile app as well. These SDK allow your mobile app to detect the beacons installed. We also provide the server components/APIs so that you can get the beacon configuration and deals (that you set up in our web platform) to your mobile app as well. Our technical experts will be available to help build this integration with in no time.
c. Are you in a position where you have an app and a deal platform?.We can help you to convert your existing platform to create and manage deals and integrate the same with our beacons. Please Contact us to avail our services.
A beacon can be attached to any flat surface in almost any location and can last up to three years on a single battery.
We realize that an app that provide value will be the most successful. At the same time, we do respect the privacy of the user.
Application user controls and the opt-in process are critical for success with this type of technology. Our app provide opt in options, reject deals and stop pushing deals options, which is intended to provide the best user experience. As you know, this technology is related to Bluetooth and actions will be triggered based on whether you have the Bluetooth enabled in your mobile device or not!..
This is a ground breaking technology, which is all about making use of micro- locationawareness and related value that this technology is bringing into the table.
Opportunities are virtually endless. We can provide some examples where one can use this technology.• Proximity based exclusive Offers
• Flight updates in the airport
• Beacon enabled ATMs
• Automotive Payments & Transactions
• Augmented homes for real estate
• Augmented print and outdoor advertising
• Automated check-ins
• Child and elderly care monitoring
• Tourism treasure hunts
• Creating secure zones
• Emergency services coordination
• Employee time tracking
• Event ticket delivery
• Fitness tracking
• Grocery list reminders
• Health data and monitoring
• Home and vehicle security
• In store customer profiling
• Indoor navigation and mapping
• Localized chat rooms
• Locating personal items
• Loyalty and rewards
• Mobile games in the real world
• Proximity based dating
• Proximity based social data
• Personalized data delivery
• Stock control and movement
• Tracking vehicle data for insurance
• Triggering personalized settings
• Vehicle to vehicle communication
• Virtual and guided tours
• In-Store Navigation/way finding
• Proximity and user specific marketing
• Micro location based in-store traffic analysis
We are sure, a lot more to come!...
a. bfonics mobile application / bfonics face book app
New generation proximity marketing experience delivered – to your mobile device. You can use our mobile app in order to receive exclusive in-store and proximity based marketing deals. Suitable for customers if you don't have your own mobile app for your business.
b. bfonics Enterprise Cloud services
Enable the secure and reliable content delivery over the web.
c. bfonics Smart Beacons
Provides the best location based information to our mobile solution. A beacon is a small wireless device that constantly broadcasts radio signals to nearby smartphones and tablets using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). Smartphones that are nearby listen for these signals and communicate with the beacon and deliver content and experiences. 'Smart Beacon' is bfonics beacons, which is built based on apple's iBeacon specifications.
d. bfonics Marketing Console
Allows users easily create, manage and analyze in-store campaigns. Using our web based customer dashboard, you can configure and manage beacons, assign the beacons to a particular store/business sub- regions, and create and target deals to particular beacons that are assigned to these sub- regions in your store.
e. bfonics Mobile SDK
Help organizations to build/integrate custom proximity based solutions to their existing mobile infrastructure. Suitable for those customers to enhance their mobile app in order to detect and receive deals to their app.
f. APIs for platform integration
Help organizations to build/integrate custom proximity based solutions to their existing software infrastructure. Suitable for those customers to enhance their mobile app to detect and receive deals configured in our platform to their app
In the United States, orders typically take 1 – 2 weeks to arrive. For orders being shipped outside of the United States, orders typically take 2 – 3 weeks to arrive.
We offer personalized services to our clients irrespective of the size of the order!... As soon as you complete an order, one of our customer representative will be in touch with you. He/She will work with you and make sure that we complete all the necessary configurations to the beacons (things like setting up the major and minor values, setting up your business and sub regions in the platform, assign beacons to these sub - regions etc... sample deal set up etc... all with the intention to help provide a better customer experience). Once an order ships, we will send you the tracking number as well. If you believe your order is lost, please try contacting USPS/UPS/DHL/FedEx with your shipping confirmation for the most updated tracking information. If you have additional questions or need further assistance please email email@example.com.
We only offer our SDKs with purchase of bfonics beacons. Once you have purchased beacons, you will have access the SDKs through your customer dashboard.
It depends. If you are going to use our dashboard to set up deals and going to use our app in order for the customer to receive proximity based deals, then you are all set. If the intention is to integrate beacons with your existing infrastructure, then you have to use our SDK and Server APIs. Please refer #7 to get more details on various integration options and services offered.
Yes! We have SDKs for both iOS and Android that will allow you to build applications that will interact with any iPhone model 4S or later and any Android phone utilizing Bluetooth 4.0. We also have server API components that allow you to integrate our deal and beacon management platform with you app as well.
No need. The app can run in the background or even be turned off and still receive beacons signals.
Yes, Our beacons meet the iBeacon standard and as well meet FCC(US)/CE(European) standards as well.
Yes. In order for customers to be able to receive notifications from your beacons or to be included in location data, they must have an application on their phone.
Our beacon's range is upto 70m.
Sure. We're always looking for qualified resellers. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Customer is the king!... We always keep this in mind and offer the best customer service and technical support to our customers. Please refer to #7 to see the integration and technical support options offered by our experts.
Good problem to have!... Just provide the contact information, we will reach out to you within no time!...
Happy to answer additional questions you have please email us at: email@example.com or Contact us.