Beacons as IoT Sensors

When people think about IoT sensors they tend to envisage, for experimentors, descrete electronic components connected to single board computers (SBC) or for industrial, custom sensors connected to microcontrollers.

The problem for experimentors is the solution is fragile and needs to be evolved into a custom electronic design before it can be used in production. For industrial solutions, they tend to be proprietary, deeply intrusive when it comes to installation and very expensive.

Sensor beacons provide a middle ground and have the following advantages:

  • They provide a solution that’s equally as good for experimentation as it is for the final production
  • They require no soldering or electronics skills.
  • They can be placed in remote areas where there’s no power or network connectivity.
  • They can be self powered and last for 5+ years.
  • They can detect quantities such as position, movement, temperature, humidity, air pressure, light and magnetism (hall effect), proximity and heart rate.
  • The sensor data can be easily read via gateways, smartphone apps or single board computers and sent on, as necessary, to servers.

Using beacons sensors in this way also provides for the ‘big data’ required for AI machine learning.

Read more about Beacon Proximity and Sensing for the Internet of Things (IoT)