to alert your customer to a special loyalty discount offer when they
enter the menswear department in one of your retail stores? Want to
present information about a famous artist’s life when a visitor to your
museum nears one of the artist’s paintings? These are just two of the
many real-world scenarios made possible by the use of iBeacon
This blog post provides an introduction to iBeacon
technology and a description of how to build two different MAF apps –
one that pretends to be an iBeacon and another that detects iBeacons and
uses the local notifications functionality provided in MAF 2.1.1 to
inform the user, even when the app isn’t even running.
To deploy these apps to iOS devices you will need an iOS developer account.
What is a beacon?
beacon is a device that is intentionally conspicuous to draw attention
to a location, such as a lighthouse sitting on the edge of a cliff.
in the Internet of Things (or IoT), a beacon is a small electronic
device that transmits a regular radio signal according to the Bluetooth
v4 Low Energy spec (otherwise known as “BLE”). A beacon typically does
no more than advertise its existence by transmitting a unique identifier
and can last for months on a single cell battery.
Any BLE-enabled device, such as a modern smartphone, can detect a beacon by listening for BLE-based transmissions.
the possibilities appear endless, typical applications for beacons
currently include retail stores, exhibition halls, museums, places of
employment and homes, where users can be alerted to information
pertaining to their current location within a building.
What is (an) iBeacon?
is a technology introduced by Apple in iOS 7 that defines a standard
for how a beacon identifies itself (or “advertises”) in its BLE
transmissions. Any beacon that implements this standard can be called
Most beacon manufacturers implement the iBeacon
standard by default, whilst some can also be configured to use their own
proprietary protocol. It’s also possible to configure a post-2012 iOS
device, or Mac running OS X Mavericks (not Yosemite), to act as an
Whilst the iBeacon technology is included in the iOS Core
Location framework since iOS 7, any BLE-enabled device can detect
iBeacons and various libraries exist for use on devices running Android
4.3 or above.
How does iBeacon work? Read the complete article here.
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