FAQ

Can iBeacon be used with Android phones?

Yes, but they work in different ways. Only iOS devices regularly scan for BLE signals and wake up the corresponding apps when the devices are in proximity to the beacon. But for Android users need to have the app running on their device (at least in the background) to interact with beacons.

What is the range of iBeacon?

The transmission distance is categorized into 3 distinct ranges:

① Immediate: Within a few centimeters

② Near: Within 2 meters

③ Far: Above 10 meters

The maximum range of transmission depends on the location and obstructions in the device’s environment. Standard beacons have an approximate transmission range of 70 meters. Long range beacons can transmit up to 300 meters.

What is BLE communication? How does it work?

Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) is a wireless personal area network technology for short distance data transmission. As the name hints, it’s designed for low energy consumption and cost, while possessing a communication range similar to that of the regular Bluetooth.

BLE communication consists of small packets of data and broadcasts at a regular interval by Beacons via radio waves. iBeacon standard calls for a broadcast interval of 100 ms.

Minor: a more detailed or minute information. For example, this beacon is located in aisle 2.

Tx Power: TX power refers to the strength of the signal that is exactly 1 meter from the device. TX is used to determine proximity of devices from the beacon.

How does iBeacon work?

A beacon with iBeacon protocol broadcasts a serial ID number which is then used by the corresponding app in the user’s smartphone to return results. iBeacon features a standardized format for BLE advertising in which, every data packet contains 4 pieces of information:

Unique Universal Identifier (UUID): It is a beacon’s general information. For example, the name of the person/business that the beacon belongs to.

Major: the beacon’s spatial information. For example, this beacon is employed in the aisles of store #9.

What is the history of iBeacon protocol?

iBeacon was introduced by Apple at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in 2013. In the same year, experts wrote on how iBeacon can help the retail industry by simplifying payments and enabling other on-site offers. In December 2013, Apple activated iBeacon in its 254 US retail stores. Ever since iBeacon as experienced an upward trajectory path.

What is iBeacon protocol?

iBeacon is a protocol developed by Apple, that enables smartphones to scan for beacon signals in the range and display the corresponding content. Minew SDK is an easy way to enable location analytics and proximity marketing through BLE networks.

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