Implementing Bluetooth iBeacon Beacons on nRF52 #Bluetooth #beacon #NordicTweets @novelbits
As a continuation of Mohammad Afaneh’s series on Bluetooth beacons (part 1 here and part 2 here), a new blog post covering Apple’s iBeacon standard in a bit more detail.
iBeacon is especially useful for deploying location-awareness applications and monitoring user behavior within an area. It was introduced in iOS 7 and utilizes Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to send out advertisements that get discovered and utilized by other BLE-capable devices (especially smartphones).
It’s an application layer implementation on top of BLE, so it requires awareness on both sides:
Implementing the iBeacon format on a BLE device (normally battery-operated)
Implementing awareness of the iBeacon format on another device capable of acting as a BLE scanner (normally a smartphone app)
An example showing how this can be implemented in the field. The example is for a chain of international stores.
UUID is common across all stores and defined in the app.
Major identifier is assigned to each of the different store locations.
Minor identifiers are assigned for regions within the stores
UUID, Major, and Minor identifiers are not registered with Apple and are chosen at the developer/manufacturer discretion.
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