We have a new beacon, the Feasycom FSC-BP103 in stock. It’s a small beacon that transmits up to 10 channels simultaneously that can be Eddystone-UID, Eddystone-URL, iBeacon or AltBeacon.
This beacon uses the newer Texas Instruments CC2640R2F System on a Chip (SoC) that provides a longer battery life. Also, it can be set to advertise at +5dBm that provides a 100m+ range that’s unusual for a small battery beacon.
We have a new demonstration video showing iBeacon and accelerometer sensor beacons, manufacturer setting apps and the raw Bluetooth advertising data in the Nordic nRF Connect app (Nordic is the manufacturer of the main chip in most beacons). The video also shows a Bluetooth-WiFi gateway, it’s setup and sending of advertising data to a server.
Early Wiliot tags are expected to be very short range compared to battery beacons but this is expected to improve as the technology is refined. The id of the Wiliot tags is ephemeral which means it changes over time for security reasons. However, this also implies use of a server to ‘decode’ the identification. As with Eddystone EID, this adds latency to local identification and doesn’t work when the server can’t be contacted. Local caching can help but only for as long as the ephemeral id’s ‘life’.
There’s a new Linux script called Monitor that scans for the presence of beacons and other Bluetooth devices and reports to a MQTT server.
The mechanism doesn’t just scan for beacons. It combines name requests, anonymous advertisements and beacon advertisements to determine when to issue a name request to determine if a device is present and when to issue a name request to determine if a device is absent.
The author, Andrew J Freyer, provides instructions how to set up on a Raspberry Pi Zero W.
We have new blog site just for machine learning where you can read more about machine learning concepts, unsupervised vs supervised learning as well as gain an appreciation of the issues and opportunities.
However, the iOS and Android mechanisms are still there for more worthy applications such as visitor space usecases that need to provide location based information. For these types of application, there’s the need for good app onboarding explaining location and Bluetooth usage in order to provide the location-based information that the end-user is requiring.
We have been using UPS shipping for just over a month now and have just refined our shipping options based on past customer orders and our costs. UPS offer two main services, UPS Standard that goes by road and UPS Express that goes by air.
We have found that UPS Standard to some European countries is taking 5 to 6 business days which we can now improve on for some countries. For Italy, Spain, Austria, Finland, Greece, Denmark and Sweden we now always send by UPS Express (by air) for a similar cost as was the case for UPS Standard. This has a delivery time of 1 to 2 days to most business areas.
UPS Standard goes via the new London Hub that shows as ‘Stanford Le Hope, United Kingdom’ in the tracking. This is UPS’s largest single infrastructure investment outside of the United States. View the video:
The London Hub is 32,000-square metres in size and has a capacity to process up to 28,000 packages per hour. It’s part of UPS’s $2 billion infrastructure investment programme in Europe.
UPS Express gets to via East Midlands airport by the evening of the day it is picked up from us and shows as ‘Castle Donington, United Kingdom’ in the tracking.
Freight flights leave every evening to Europe and North America that are delivered in 1 to 2 working days to Europe and 2-3 days to N America.
View the shipping page for a summary of delivery costs and time scales.
We have the new Minew i10 beacon in stock. It’s a twin AA battery beacon, with a long 200m range, advertising up to 6 channels that can be iBeacon, Eddystone UID, Eddystone URL, Eddystone TLM and device information. It uses the newer Nordic nRF52 SoC for a battery life up to 5 years depending on the settings and the type of batteries.
The i10 can be thought of an indoor version of the i3 in that it’s roughly the same size but isn’t waterproof. It’s white rather than black to blend in with lighter walls and the screw mounting is hidden:
A 3M sticker is also supplied as are the two AA batteries (the i3 doesn’t come with batteries).