Beacons provide a significant improvement in the sign in process, reducing administration and providing for a quicker and easier sign in using the Ostara app. 1300 Bluetooth Beacons have been installed that are used by over 10,000 engineers.
If you want to experiment with Eddystone beacons, a research group at Mozilla has a new Magnet Client Desktop that allows you to configure your desktop to broadcast or scan Bluetooth advertising based on Eddystone URL.
Mozilla’s Project Magnet is:
Your own, personal user agent for the content that is around you. Instead of getting a list of URLs and you having to browse each link to understand how you can interact with the content, Project Magnet will enable you to have an interactive and friction less experience. The experience will always be fully customizable by you, so you can use it for your maximum enjoyment.
Mozilla’s experiments have revolved around using the Physical Web to broadcast content related to conference events that included experiments at London All Hands. During the event, they gave out some PC037 beacons supplied by BeaconZone and made a useful video how to configure them: