Beacons Meet WiFi: Cisco Meraki Has Its Eye on Connected Spaces

WiFi iBeacon and Meraki

Bluetooth LE beacons have shifted beyond prototypes and pilots into large-scale distribution. But this shift has brought us bumping up against the downside to a beacon’s elegance and simplicity. Because if a beacon is a relatively simple (and dumb) device, how do you intelligently manage them at scale? One company thinks it has a solution. […]

Kontakt Cloud Beacon: Shipping Goodness

cloud-beacon

Kontakt.io is finally shipping its Cloud Beacon developer kits – and the little units pack a powerful punch. Their Cloud Beacon is one of a suite of emerging technologies that support large-scale beacon deployments. They help overcome issues with security, monitoring, management and quality assurance and bring proximity technology to an industrial-scale/enterprise-grade level which may […]

Beacon Week San Francisco

Beacon Week San Francisco

Beacons are the ‘gateway drug to the Internet of Everything’. And as we’ve shifted from prototypes to large-scale deployments and start to see increasingly complex systems and devices for managing fleets of beacons, the number of use cases and businesses which will be built around the devices will only grow. This deck is for those […]

iBeacon Raises Stakes: Kontakt.io Takes Investment

Kontakt iBeacon Kit

We’ve long been fans of Kontakt.io. The company, which was one of the early entrants into the (now crowded) field of Bluetooth Low Energy beacons has displayed a solid approach to technology that avoided flash and dazzle for good old solid coding and services. While their earliest beacons weren’t anything fancy, the company kept improving, […]

iBeacons with Content Management: Inside Kontakt

Kontakt iBeacon Kit

Kontakt Is The White Label of Bluetooth LE Beacons The Bluetooth LE beacons by Kontakt have become our go-to war horse: solid, dependable devices that are billed as the ‘white label solution’ for iBeacons. One of the amazing things about beacons is how many non-developers want to get their hands on the little devices and […]

Introduction to iBeacon: Taking Bluetooth LE for a Test Drive

iBeacon Distance Diagram from Nerdery

With the Apple launch of iBeacon – the ability to transmit and detect Bluetooth LE signals, we’re still lacking good real-world examples of the technology in action. We’ve been running our own tests, of course, and piloting them as part of our Virtual Citizen project with the Coalition of Youth Councils (about which more in […]