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iBeacon Features in Internet of Things Application

Since it was launched on 2013, Apple iBeacon was one of many devices with Bluetooth that can be working with Internet of Things Implementation. The IoT Platform is taking beacon to one of their features to ease developers managing the devices.

Although Apple specified iBeacon protocol within the broadcast message, the true pioneers of this technology was an Australian company called “Daelibs”., who first implemented the use of low energy Bluetooth for Proximity detection in 2011, some two years before Apple’s launch of iBeacon. Daelibs used this technology to verify service provision by detecting beacons with bespoke personal proximity devices which streamed data to a centralized cloud service.

iBeacon can also be used with an application as an indoor positioning system, which helps smartphones determine their approximate location or context. With the help of an iBeacon, a smartphone’s software can approximately find its relative location to an iBeacon in a store. Brick and mortar retail stores use the beacons for mobile commerce, offering customers special deals through mobile marketing, and can enable mobile payments through point of sale systems.

Most beacons use BLE technology, because of its low power consumption and implementation costs. The technology only allows for small amounts of data transmission, which is why most beacons only transmits their IDs. Due to its simplicity, beacon technology does not need to battle as many standards as other IoT applications.

Retail

Retail is currently the most popular area in which beacon technology is being implemented. Beacons allow for a new way of in-store interaction between customers and retailers. On the one hand, it allows retailers a new way of collecting data about its customers, based on their in-store actions. On the other side, it allows customers to receive personalized offers based on their preferences and their online/in-store behavior.

Sport venues

One of the biggest news last year was Major League Baseball’s adoption of beacon technology. They equipped 20 stadiums with more than 100 Beacons each to help visitors find their seats and to send them notifications about specific discounts.

Airports

Last year, Virgin Atlantic equipped the London Heathrow airport with beacons. The company is testing various use cases, adding new features every other week.

Examples include:

Specific offers – In the main area, people receive notifications about specific airline partner services (e.g., 0% commission at the currency exchange).
Indoor navigation – Beacons are used for micro-navigating services, leading passengers to their gates.

Public transport

An app called Wayfindr made by the Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB’s) Youth Forum and digital product studio ustwo communicates with beacons installed in London’s Tube. It is used for delivering turn-by-turn audible directions to blind people, giving them better chances for navigating in London’s Underground.

Add comment January 13th, 2017

Best Cloud Hosting for IoT Implementation

Internet of Things implementation has wide implementation and with high number of market, it becomes a trend on the 2017. To build the IoT solution, developers will need Cloud Hosting. It simplify developers’ development architecture. Mobile Cloud Computing also completed with various features such as elastic cloud platform and other feature to manage the solution.

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Here are some Cloud Hosting providers for IoT Implementation:

Amazon Web Service

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a suite of cloud computing services offered by Amazon. AWS offers scalable and flexible IaaS, PaaS, storage, networking, and management platforms. It is supported by a global, 12-region infrastructure.

Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure is an open, flexible cloud platform that enables users to build, deploy and manage apps across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. Azure offers both PaaS and IaaS services, supporting various programming languages, tools, and frameworks.

Google Cloud Platform

Google Cloud Platform is a computing platform that provides developers with products to build structures, including simple websites and complex web applications. Google Cloud Platforms offers hosting, computing, cloud storage, Big Data, and API services.

Mesosfer Cloud Platform

Mesosfer Cloud Platform provides features for developer to connect and manage their IoT device. They also provide features where developers can also build mobile application in an easy way. Mesosfer Cloud Platform user can also have elastic cloud backend for each application they develop.

IBM Cloud

The IBM Cloud includes IaaS, SaaS, and PaaS offerings on public, private and hybrid cloud platforms. Softlayer partnered with the IBM Cloud offers a comprehensive cloud ecosystem, offering management, virtualization, storage, and computing platforms.

Red Hat

Red Hat provides cloud offerings on their open-source software platforms and is easily integrated with other major cloud services. Red Hat has offerings for infrastructure creation and deployment, cloud management, and platform development.

Add comment December 27th, 2016

Beacon Bluetooth for Industrial Internet of Things

Industrial Internet of Things is simply another variety of IoT implementations. Made for the big one such as industry or company needs and basic needs that’s used in major implementation. It’s basically still Internet of Things but for corporation and manufacturing. Currently, iBeacon Technology is used as one of the implementations.

The intelligent instruments that are connected to the Internet and can think in Industrial Internet of Things will create a revolution in industry. Beacon Bluetooth which was introduced on 2014 by Apply is also one of devices that can be implemented in Industrial Internet of Things too.

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Here are some implementations of Beacon Bluetooth for Industrial Internet of Things:

1. Smart Home

Some homes have installed thermostat which can control lamp or air conditioner. But with IoT it could be so much better. It could detects intruder or at least non family member who’s sneaking to your house. With motion sensors, glass breaks detector, and door/windows detector home owner will be alerted if there’s some intruders activity inside the house.

2. Smart Logistics

Thousands of products such as medicines and food must be sorted and transported at low temperatures. With IoT truck can manage these temperatures itself. By detecting temperatures, any changes will be detected and it can switch the temperatures inside the truck.

3. Smart Lighting

Lighting accounts 19% of global electricity use. For example Europe pays over €10 billion each year to power street lights. With IoT that creates Smart Lighting, it could save more energy used. Intelligent street lighting dims when no activity is detected, but brightens when movement is detected. Saving world’s energy and earth.

Add comment December 17th, 2016


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