File this away under mostly amusing, but I suppose there’s a lesson here in iBeacon security, ranging and boardroom ethics.
In a slightly hilarious tale of a presentation which went from Epic Fail to detective thriller Julien Terraz tells us how the presentation to a client in Paris took an unexpected turn when one of their Estimote beacons went missing:
I made the demo to the first two clients and everything was going very well… then the moment come to show the demo to the Big boss of the company, everything was going well but when it come to interact with the beacon outside the app, it didn’t reacted as expected… I take a look and couldn’t see the Beacon… he had disappeared !! In front of the big boss this was like an Epic Fail.
Grabbing the modern day equivalent of a magnifying glass, the team boots up a beacon scanner on their phone and begins wandering the labyrinth halls of the office, ending up in the darkened shadows of the parking garage. (Actually, the darkened shadows part is an editorial embellishment of my own).
So we though that we should go to the parking level. We walked around all this huge parking but did not detect the beacons. I was irritated to haven’t find it. BUT THEN just before taking the stairs back I got a very quick appearance of the beacon in the app. The app said RSSI:92 meaning I was on the edge of the 20 meters perimeter of the beacon. We made a quick circular walk but never get a stronger signal.
You can almost hear the eerie music, the pulsing drum as time runs out, the lead detective barking orders in frustration until at last….a clue!
Like any suspense thriller I shouldn’t spoil the ending – go check it out yourself for an amusing and pulse-pounding morning read.
Which all leaves me dreaming of saying to a client one day, as Sam Spade said to Kasper Gutman:
Then the trick from my angle is to make my play strong enough to tie you up, but not make you mad enough to bump me off against your better judgment.