Understanding The Gateway
The understanding of the gateway starts from developing a business case. We develop a clear case for the deployment of the access points and their respective maintenance solutions. For this reason, hence we will discuss in this article the process by which the beacons work and how to deploy them to work with the Gateway. By doing this, one will ultimately be bringing the IoT solutions to the organizational level. The solutions eventually will be beneficial to provide more value to the deployment process.
For those who are unaware of the reality of the beacon, it is a small device that acts as a Bluetooth radio transmitter. These small beacons are a bundle of signals that a person can see and read using special Bluetooth-equipped devices. The devices are smartphones or other gateways. The signals however are famous as advertising packets. These packets thereby carry information that includes the beacon’s specific ID as well as the amount of strength of signals or transmission power. It also includes the data about which we can access the rate at which the signals are broadcasted. This data is also important as advertising intervals. Lastly, the information includes the data from all the sensors installed in it.
The term beacon is in wide use for the devices that are stationary/state. Furthermore, the term eventually changes to TAG, for the devices that are in motion. Most of the time the tag devices are either equipped with some assets or are usually worn by some people. Moreover, with different cases and scenarios, there are different beacon models available for use.
Importance of Beacon
With Beacon, it is possible to interpret information about consumer behavior effectively. Thus, allowing businesses to offer products that would interest them and retain their interest. Businesses would also know the effectiveness of their campaign, the traffic ratio, and the number of successful purchases.
Segmentation has always been troublesome for companies, however, with beacons categorizing information is no longer an issue. It is possible to group clients as per their preferences.
With beacon, online businesses can effectively integrate with social networks. A good way to do so is to offer discounts or to take part in raffles.
Gateway, is a wireless network device that acts as a portal for beacons devices to connect to a local area network. It is a Bluetooth signal receiver, identifying and collecting the signal sent by the nearby wireless devices, such as beacons. With the help of the gateway, the location information or other real-time data derived from the beacons can be uploaded to the local cloud. Gathering information and saving it to the cloud becomes a convenient job.
With the collaboration of the gateway and beacons, it becomes easy to use location-based services.
Step By Step Guide to Successful Deployment
Let us discuss the step-by-step guide to the basics of successful deployment of gateway and beacon. The steps are carried in with the collaboration of both the business as well as the technical team. The steps thus are:
Step 1. Defining The Business Case
The first and foremost step is defining the business case. By this, it means that for a successful deployment one needs to establish a well-defined business case. To do this, there must be a collaboration of business as well as the technical team. Without the chances of collaboration, there are high chances of getting your project to fail shortly.
For this reason, contacting and hiring an expert team eventually is integral for success.
Step 2. Booking And Activating the Gateway
After the successful collaboration of the business and technical team in finalizing the business case and thereby understanding and choosing the best gateway for your need, the next step involves shipping. The manufacturer will consequently ship your package that matches the configuration. The user however just needs to activate the package. Moreover, the activation process of the gateway is pretty simple. This simplification of the activation is possible because of the addition of a simple and comprehensive user manual in the package. The manual will help the user with basic functions as well as any other information.
Step 3. Installation Of Gateway
This is the step where the experience of deploying the hundreds of gateway comes in handy. With regards to the deployment of gateways, there are a few questions that we usually get. They are:
Where We Should Install a Gateway?
The place or exact mapping of installing the gateway is of utmost importance. For this reason, hence, the use of building blueprints is useful for calculating the exact position of installment of these beacons before final deployment.
However, the places to install are between 3-5 meters above the ground level and 8-10 meters apart from each other.
The hardware of the gateway procured from a reliable source is prone to bear and withstand harsh environments. However, there is a recommendation about protecting the device from direct exposure.
How Should We Attach the Gateway?
To deploy the stationary gateway, it is a recommendation to use Glue, Velcro, Tape, or Screws for mounting.
Each type of gateway carries a specific way to the attachment. For this reason, hence, visit our page here.
Step 4. Maintenance of Gateways
To maintain the gateway, the cloud-based wireless device management tools are in wide use to provide customers with the necessary information and to let them monitor their beacons from a remote position. This solution also provides in-depth insight, alerts, and updates about the gateway and beacon. Lastly, the process of replacing the batteries of some kinds of gateway is also simple and convenient.
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