Smart Beacon Bluetooth Low Energy
Beacon with Bluetooth Low Energy technology (BLE), powered by replaceable battery, compatible with iBeacon and Eddystone.
BLE Beacon of small size, powered by a button battery, easily replaceable.
The Beacon can be used as Eddystone or iBeacon.
Eddystone is an open-source protocol (created by Google) that allows you to send 3 types of transmission: UID, URL and TML. The most widely used is the Eddystone-URL format (backbone of the Physical Web project), which allows you to directly transmit a URL. For use as a user, then, is not necessary a specific app, but simply the generic Physical Web app or an updated version of Google Chrome.
- all parameters (mandatory and optional) provided by Eddystone-formed URL, namespace and instance ID for Eddystone-UID
- advertising interval: 0.1 to 5 sec (with steps of 0.1 sec). Default: 1 sec
- TX Power: lowest (20dBm), low (-12dBm), medium (-4dBm), high (4dBm). Default: Low
The iBeacon Protocol makes the Beacon configured to transmit its UUID (Universal Unique ID) and other data (major and minor), which are interpreted by a specific app to perform certain actions (such as displaying a notification to users). To use the iBeacon as a user, then, you must have an application that implements this function.
- UUID, major, minor, advertising interval, TX power, connectable/non-connectable, on/off, password
- advertising interval: 0.1 to 1 sec (with steps of 0.1 sec). Default: 0.4 sec
- TX Power: -40dBm, -30dBm, from -20dBm to 4 dBm (in steps of 4 dB). Default: -8dBm
Technical characteristics of the Beacon
Compatibility with mobile devices
The Beacon is compatible with all mobile operating systems that support Bluetooth Low Energy v4.0 or higher. In particular:
- iOS (7.0 and later, for IBeacon support CoreLocation)
- Android (4.3 and later)
- Windows Phone (8 and later)
- Blackberry 10.
- Version: 4.0 Bluetooth Smart (Low Energy)
- Frequency: 2.402 to 2.480 GHz
- Module: Nordic SoC nRF51822 (MCU and transceiver radio)
- Antenna: PCB, Type F-meandered planar antenna
- Replaceable: Yes
- Model: CR2477 (typical 1000 mAh capacity at 25°C)
- Operational life expected: from 4 months to 2.5 years, 24.7 at room temperature (dependent on advertising range, power and connectability TX)
- Operating temperature: -10 ° C to + 50 ° C
- Material: ABS
- White color
- Dimensions: 40 x 40 x 15 mm
- Protection: IP40
- CE (EU)
Maximum transmission range
Results are obtained in case of beacon and smartphone at 1.5 mt above ground, in LOS free-space condition.
|+4 dBm||0 dBm||-8 dBm||-20 dBm|
|100 m||60 m||25 m||6 m|
Estimate battery life
Battery type CR2477 (nominal capacity: 1000 mAh) - Expected operating life (in months), in relation to transmission power and frequency
|0.1 sec||0.3 sec||0.5 sec||0.7 sec||1.0 sec||5.0 sec|
Expected battery life-time is estimated assuming nominal battery capacity, self-discharge and ambient operating temperature. Batteries from different manufacturers can have different operating lives. Enabling Eddystone-EID and eTLM advertising reduce battery life-time of about 15/20%
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