Point Access – Creating Beacons

New Beacons can be registered in the App and Beacon Management section of the Dashboard. Bluedot supports Beacons conforming to the iBeacon standard for iOS devices and most other Beacons for Android devices.

Beacons are configured at account level, meaning that each Beacon can be used in multiple Apps and Zones. Actions and Conditions work seamlessly across Geolines™, Geofences and Beacons. One or more Actions can be configured to customize how a given Beacon responds to a device that comes within a configured Beacon proximity.

Figure 1. Point Access Create Beacon Form

 

Android configuration for Beacons

  1. Tx Power
    Transmit power is a configuration setting common to all Bluetooth Beacons. This may be shown in the documentation or determined by the configuration tool supplied by the Beacon manufacturer. Specifying the Tx power allows Android devices to range for Beacons at a specifically configured proximity. Tx Power is an integer value between -100 and 0.
  2. MAC Address
    A unique identifier assigned to network interfaces for communications on a physical network. An example of a MAC address is “00-15-E9-2B-99-3C”. This identifier allows an Android device to identify a Beacon.

iOS configuration for Beacons

  1. Proximity UUID
    Every Beacon conforming to the iBeacon standard has an ID known as Proximity UUID assigned. An example of a Proximity UUID is “de305d54-75b4-431b-adb2-eb6b9e546014”. Multiple Beacon can be logically grouped by having the same Proximity UUID; these are differentiated using the Major and Minor values.
  2. Major and Minor
    Used to identify Beacons within a Proximity UUID group. Minor and Major are integer values between 1 and 65535.

Beacon Location

A Beacon’s location can be provided by either specifying the latitudinal and longitudinal co-ordinates or by utilizing Google Maps to select a location; for example, by entering an address.

Figure 2. Point Access Create Beacon Set Latitude and Longitude 

 

Figure 3. Point Access Create Beacon Search Address

 

Summary of Beacons

A list of all Beacons can be accessed in Manage Beacons in the App and Beacon Management tab on the Dashboard. The Manage Beacons section allows users to create, view, edit and delete details associated with individual Beacons.
A Beacon can be deleted by selecting ‘Delete Beacon‘.

Figure 4. Point Access Beacons Listing

Beacon details

Select ‘More Details‘ to access a summary of all details associated with a given Beacon.

Figure 5. Point Access “Beacons Details

Created by Bluedot DevOps on January 16, 2018