Inspecting Data from Bluetooth Gateways

Bluetooth gateways scan for beacons and send detected data your server, BeaconServer™ or BeaconRTLS™. However, what if you don’t have a server yet or want to determine if a gateway is actually sending data?

Ubeac allows you to set up a hook to receive gateway data. What’s more, they have some informative setup videos for our INGICS, Minew, AnkhMaway and Aprilbrother gateways.

Ubeac INGICS Setup

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New Arduino BLEPad in Stock

We have the new Arduino BLEPad in stock. It’s a small wearable ‘Lilypad’ style board that includes a DA14580 BLE module for communication via Bluetooth 4.0 (LE) as per our other beacons.

BLEPad 31mm x 31mm

The BLEPad differs to other LilyPad boards in that the ATmega32u4 has built-in USB communication, eliminating the need for a separate USB-to-serial adapter. This allows the BLEPad to appear to a connected computer as a mouse and keyboard, in addition to a virtual (CDC) serial / COM port.

New ABKey01 Beacon in Stock

We have the new ABKey01 beacon in stock. This beacon is different in that it can send out extra beacon advertising for 30 seconds when the button is pressed.

This beacon is based on the low power DA14580 SoC which means the CR2032 battery (not included) can last up to 1.5 years.

AB Wireless Gateway V2 Available

We have the AB BLE Gateway in stock. This improves on the original AB Wireless Gateway in that it provides double the throughput, detecting 50 beacons/sec.

Gateways are the glue that makes beacons part of the Internet of Things (IoT) and enable real time positioning and sensing.

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

Beacons in Industry and the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR)

New Long Range 210L Beacon

We just received the 210L ultra-long 200m range beacon into stock.

Most beacons tend to have a range of 30m, 50m or 100m. The normal output is 0dBm but they can be boosted to +4dBm to achieve the maximum ranges. Read our article on Choosing the Transmitted Power for more information.

The 210L beacon transmits at +10dBM which is the maximum allowable for this class of Bluetooth 4 device. This is just over 3x the power of a beacon transmitting at 0dBm. Hence, there’s respective reduction in battery life.

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Bluetooth Ethernet Gateway

We now have the AprilBrother Gateway V3 in stock. Unlike our other gateways that use WiFi, this provides a wired Ethernet connection.

It reads raw Bluetooth LE advertising data and sends it on to your chosen HTTP(S) server, MQTT server, Amazon AWS IoTserver or websocket server. It’s powered by a USB socket (not via network connection POE) and supports a throughput of up to 120 beacons/sec.

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Beacon Implementation Types

ABSniffer 502 USB Beacon Sniffer Available

The ABSniffer 502 scans for (any manufacturer) iBeacons and sends the data via USB/TTL plugged into a PC, Mac, Linux or Raspberry Pi. It shows up on the Raspberry Pi as /dev/ttyACM0. It communicates with PCs through a virtual UART port sending the MAC address, UUID, major, minor, measured power and RSSI. It can also be used to configure AprilBrother beacons via USB/TTL commands.


AprilBrother has a full list of AT commands.