There can be several reasons why the specification for a beacon listed on our site doesn’t match that shown on a manufacturer’s web site or 3rd party sales platform.
- Beacon descriptions on many sites are often written by non-technical staff and non-English speakers. This means that there can be misunderstandings and errors.
- Some descriptions purposely over-fill descriptions with incorrect information or competitor’s product information so as to attract interest. The actual specification becomes clearer after you have asked the right questions or, in some cases, when you receive the beacons!
- Some descriptions are of cloned products with dubious provenance rather than products from the original manufacturer.
- It’s common for descriptions to mention optional features that are only available via manufacturing customisation. They are sort of saying the specification is possible, but you will find you have to pay a lot extra for a custom version.
We spend a long time assessing beacons and only list the features actually provided by the beacons we sell. We have a deep understanding of beacons that can be accessed via our support and consultancy services.
Since the Covid pandemic, when many organisations needed to determine room occupancy, it has become more acceptable to use beacons for tracking people. For example, health is just one industry where tracking remains vital, for example tracking vulnerable patients and determining the location of care providers.
There’s an increasingly number of scenarios where beacons are being worn. In order to facilitate this we have a wearable category and also stock lanyards.
We have Faraday Radio Frequency RF shield nylon bags in stock. Specially made for us using stronger anti-RF fabric, we have tested this bag shields even our ultra long range Bluetooth beacons.
Faraday bags can be very useful during development when you want to bring beacons in and out of range or need to hide development beacons. They are also useful during setup when you want to shield uncommissioned beacons temporarily.
These bags were originally designed for military, intelligence and police agencies to prevent seized devices from being remotely altered. They shield WiFi, Bluetooth and phone signals up to 70dBm. They can also be used with phones and tablets for personal anti-radiation health reasons, preventing tracking or avoiding communication when you don’t want to be interrupted.
The smallest gap in a Faraday bag can cause radio leakage. Hence, the top has velcro to allow it to be rolled over and securely fastened for full radio blocking.
The SD Times has a new article, by Alexandra Weber Morales on Why developers are sitting pretty for IoT.
The article explains how mobile developers such as ourselves are moving to the IoT and how beacons are part of the IoT. Other important areas for IoT are (big) data and security. The article concludes with several ways to get started and explore the IoT.
You might also like to read an article on Beacons and IoT that we wrote on LinkedIn last January.