Introduced by Apple on the 2013, Apple iBeacon is working with Bluetooth LE (Low Energy) or Bluetooth version 4. On the day it was launched, iBeacon was supposed to be one of huge leap in Internet of Things. Even there are many IoT Platform is adding feature with beacon in order to ease the management 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.
With growing technology, Internet of Things has became one of daily needs. We can find many IoT devices we can use and feel the impact in daily basis such as fitness tracker, thermostat, or smartwatch. Those things were just the beginning. We can see more tech and IoT stuff even in shoes that can tied up themselves.
High demand of Internet of Things Market causes startup and enterprise add Internet of Things solution to their solution. As for example is using beacon as an asset management and visitor tracking. While some companies are using name tag and ID card, beacon can be a simple way to track visitors and it doesn’t even spend lot of cost. The battery last up to 2 years and if it doesn’t need specific reader which is mostly expensive as in RFID.