iBeacon in the Enterprise

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iBeacon will play a role in the office of the future. The role of mobile in the enterprise has undergone a sea change in the past year or two. With companies increasingly abandoning hope that they can prevent the “bring your own device” (BYOD) tidal wave, employees are demanding consumer-level quality in enterprise app experiences. […]

iBeacon is the Football of Technology

Apple may be the Brazil of technology companies and England might be Microsoft, but Time Magazine has missed the bigger story: that football itself is the iBeacon of sports. Now, I’m a once-every-four-years fan of football. But when I do, I find watching it is hypnotic (whereas golf, say, just makes me sleepy). I was […]

iBeacon for Health: With BLE, a Nudge Will Do

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Project Boundary wants to make you healthier. By placing beacons at key locations, it encourages you to make better choices based on proximity, using gamification to reward participants. A beacon at an elevator, for example, can send a message encouraging you to take the stairs instead. Do so and unlock the mountaineer achievement and get […]

Coke Is It – And Gets iBeacon

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Speaking at the Cannes Lions festival, the Coke VP of Global Connections had this to say about iBeacon technology: “The aim is by the end of 2020 for there to be 20 million pieces of equipment around the world that have an electric socket in them, and imagine what would happen if iBeacon technology would […]

iBeacon Feels the Squeeze: Adapt (or Die?)

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iOS8 is a monumental move towards devices that are more connected, more aware, and increasingly powered by iBeacon and Bluetooth LE technology. And yet in spite Apple shifting the emphasis from the screen to the world around the screen, iBeacon device makers are about to feel the squeeze. Google is expected to follow suit with […]

iOS8 : Bigger Than iBeacon

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Apple gave us iBeacon with the launch of iOS7. It opened up a wave of innovation around proximity-based experiences that was showing no signs of slowing down. But iOS8 is orders of magnitude more significant. At its World Wide Developer Conference Apple didn’t just tweak a few iBeacon settings or add a few new classes […]

WWDC: Bringing Home the iBeacon

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It’s hard to resist the parlor game of guessing what Apple will launch at its World Wide Developers Conference – but with the Wall Street Journal reporting that iBeacon will get time on stage during the keynote, I’ll add a few more last minute predictions to the list I posted this weekend. With Apple expected […]

iBeacon the Kinvey Way: Enterprise Grade Insights

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Kinvey, a powerful backend as service provider for mobile developers, agencies and enterprise, recently launched iBeacon and BLE support. As a companion to its launch (and demo at the Gluecon conference), Kinvey developer Mike Katz has written an exceptional overview of their experiences developing a beacon-enabled app. Kinvey: Enterprise-Grade The launch of iBeacon/BLE support by […]

iBeacon and WWDC: The Secret Star and 3 Things to Watch

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Bluetooth LE and iBeacon may be the secret star of the annual World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC), with BLE powering features that include a new Healthbook suite of applications and software development tools and protocols for a connected home. The headlines are promising: your iPhone and iPad are about to get a lot more connected. […]

BlueGiga Gets Big: Beacon Range 250m

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Bluegiga this week announced a Bluetooth Smart Module with an astonishing 250 to 450 meter range – while promising to maintain the low energy consumption for which Bluetooth LE is known. Bluegiga is the power under the hood of a wide range of beacons and other devices. They’re one of the “go to” companies if […]