We have Radioland’s New X1 beacon in stock that advertises iBeacon. It features two included AA batteries that, depending on settings, can last up to 5 years. This is possible because the beacon uses the TI CC2640 chip that consumes low power. There’s a slider switch on the back to turn the beacon on and off.
This beacon is also waterproof and comes with a separate backplate that allows the beacon to be mounted on a surface.
We now have more beacons that support the Eddystone Standard GATT Service. These have firmware that has been programmed by us using the Nordic Eddystone GATT source code. The beacon hardware is the Radioland nRF52832 that’s more battery friendly than nRF51-based beacons.
Eddystone Standard GATT Service beacons use standard tools rather than manufacturer apps for configuration. They are also compatible with Google Nearby for registering at Google using the Beacon Tools app.
View all our Eddystone GATT Service beacons
We have the new Radioland NRF52832 beacon in stock. Along with the iB002M and i7 (Eddystone), these use the nRF52 rather than nRF51 series of Nordic System on a Chip (SoC). nRF52 is more power efficient and provides twice the memory for more ambitious scenarios such as mesh networking.
The Radioland NRF52832 is the first beacon we have supplied unprogrammed. It’s for R&D users creating their own solutions. You will need to create your own firmware using the Nordic SDKs. The pinout for programming is available in our product description.
We now stock a cased version of the Radioland nRF51822. This beacon is suitable for experimentation, reprogramming or putting inside other projects. It’s particularly small (25mm diameter) and the default firmware transmits iBeacon. There’s an Android app to change the iBeacon parameters.
We have used this beacon on a project that required re-programming the firmware of this beacon and can confirm it works according to the following pin outs:
We now stock the range of Radioland beacons. They are mainly PCB (no case beacons) suitable for experimentation, reprogramming or putting inside other projects. They are particularly small (25mm diameter) and the default firmware transmits iBeacon. There’s an Android app to change the iBeacon parameters.
The beacon comes in the three main System on a Chip (SoC) types: Texas Instruments CC2541, CC2640 and Nordic nRF51822. The CC2640 is especially interesting as it’s a newer, more efficient SoC offering very low power with a longer range.