Launched in July of 2015, Eddystone is the beacon standard developed by Google. It is an open communication protocol made to cater to the specific beacon needs of Android users.
Though Eddystone is slightly similar to iBeacon, it has its differences which make it very distinctive. The core strength of Eddystone lies in its interoperability and long-term strength. Eddystone gives more emphasis on its relation to the Physical Web. This makes it easy for IoT to leverage devices to work together with the internet through beacons.
Most of the functionalities of Eddystone are similar to iBeacon. But Eddystone offers little more. Eddystone has 4 types of data packets which are:
The next two features are the added functionalities of Eddystone:
To get a more detailed view of Eddystone works, read this write-up by Google here.
Much like the other protocols, Line beacon is a beacon protocol that was developed by the popular Korean company, Line Corporation. This protocol is predominantly used in Japan, Taiwan, Thailand and Indonesia. They are OS-agnostic and can work seamlessly with both iOS and Android.
This protocol concentrates more on the effective marketing use-case of BLE RTLS and that is, Proximity marketing. Major companies in Japan like SoftBank, Triumph International Japan and Uniqlo have already started implementing Line beacon and seen a bump in customer reach and sales.
Just like iBeacon and Eddystone, BLE beacons & Tags that use Line beacon protocols are mandatory along with the Line App, a custom mobile application built exclusively for this use-case. The Beacons will be attached to the items in a store and when a smartphone which has the Line App installed comes under the proximity of the beacon, alerts/notifications will be generated by the app for the user, which can be offers or discounts on the items in the respective stores.
To know more about Line Beacon, click here.
Just like iBeacon and Eddystone, BLE beacons & Tags that use Line beacon protocols are mandatory along with the Line App, a custom mobile application built exclusively for this use
Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS) does the same task as the GPS systems do. The most noticeable difference is that RTLS is used primarily indoors for the purpose of locating and monitoring the activity of people and things. RTLS lets you do all this in real-time. Due to this, RTLS has a vast number of business applications and use-cases in any sector.
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And a few more are worthy contenders to be integrated with RTLS though their methods of operations are very different from each other. The most popular RTLS technology that is adopted worldwide is Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) RTLS. This is because more than 8 billion devices exist which are enabled with Bluetooth and the recent Bluetooth standards like Bluetooth 5.1 offer completely new capabilities that are significantly cheaper than the other existing technologies.
-case. The Beacons will be attached to the items in a store and when a smartphone which has the Line App installed comes under the proximity of the beacon, alerts/notifications will be generated by the app for the user, which can be offers or discounts on the items in the respective stores.
To know more about Line Beacon, click here.
Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons & tags that are used in Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS) increases the visibility of their assets, employees and resources. This has in a small sense started competing with the presently dominant RFID and barcodes. The low cost also plays an important role as more sophisticated technologies would take more time and money for implementation.
For Bluetooth Low Energy RTLS to work, there are three main essential components needed; A beacon or tag, a receiver sensor and an application to process the data received from the
Beacons and tags are small wireless devices that are powered by Bluetooth Low Energy. They constantly keep transmitting Bluetooth signals till their batteries. A point to note is that BLE devices have a very long battery life that can even run upto 4 years in a single go. The Bluetooth signals are a combination of letters and numbers transmitted on short and regular intervals. These beacons can be idle at a certain place, stuck on a wall, attached to a moving object or even worn by a person. Even smartphones with a built-in custom application can act as a beacon. The transmitted Bluetooth signals contain location data and other relevant information. A receiver is a Bluetooth-enabled sensor device that picks up the beacon signals in its range and pushes these information to the cloud.
Once the information is pushed to the cloud, the application then converts them into powerful analytics which are presented as Location Intelligent alerts, notifications and data representations like dashboards, graphs which show location, movement and behavioural insights to users like us.
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