Author: Jordan

The town of Holywell launches BLE beacon trail app

Launched in December 2017, 10 beacons across Holywell, Wales, can trigger information about nearby interesting sites. The beacons work with an app available for free on the Google Play or iTunes store. Users can follow a set trail to discover interesting tidbits on the area. Within the app, users can see old photos, legends and even take part in some family-friendly activities. The local Town Council received funding for the project from rural development agency, Cadwyn Clwyd. While they are only using a few beacons for the project, the app makes use GPS as well to give relevant local information....

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NASA’s Johnson Space Center bike tracking system with beacons

There are over 300 bikes at the NASA’s Johnson Space Center campus which are available for NASA personnel to use for free. The campus has about 3,000 employees, 12,00 contractors and many others trying to navigate the area. Thanks to Estimote’s beacons, Raspberry Pis at buildings and these bikes, they now have a more efficient way. Employees can now log into an easy-to-use website called BikeJSC and view the real-time locations of the bikes. When the Estimote beacons are within the vicinity of the Pis, the website will know that the associated bike is outside the building. It updates roughly every 30...

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TAPP Water uses beacons to help save plastic bottles

Thanks to a new Barcelona based start-up called TAPP water, you can now get notifications thanks to a BLE beacon and an app that lets you know when their filters need to be changed based on water consumption. This BLE deployment comes in the second version of their project. Their aim is to save as many bottles as possible and adding more intelligence to their system, to make it easy to know when people need to change the filter on their phone roughly every 3 months, is one great step to making the project more popular. Read more on

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Using magnetometers and beacons

Many beacons now come with sensors such as light sensors, temperature sensors or accelerometors to, for example, know if a beacon is moving or not to turn it off or on. Estimote also has a magnetometer sensor to act as a magnetic metal detector. While it can only detect metals that have a magnetic field, it can detect them from a greater distance. This can be used to detect cars for smart parking lots or measuring traffic. It can also be used to “fingerprint” a location so it cannot be spoofed. Beyond just triggering messages in a shotgun approach,...

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Beacons at the Global Citizen Festival

At the Global Citizen Festival, held on The Great Lawn in New York’s Central Park, the roughly 60,000 attendees had access to the Global Citizen app. Over 7,000 actions were thanks to the app, design and strategy agency L+R and Onyx beacons. 18 beacons were placed in strategic locations such as food and merchandise areas. When attendees were in line in these areas, they could get a push notification about relevant UN Global goal issues. The notification suggested that they take action based on this which expanded the impact beyond the eventgoers themselves. For example, while waiting to use the bathroom an app user...

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