Most of what people have heard about iBeacons is that they are used for pushing coupons to people when they are in stores, but they can do so much more.
Did you know that with one small device that costs under 20 Euros, you have the ability to do so many amazing things? Here is a list of just a few of the things we have been working on with iBeacons:
1. Control equipment – use iBeacons to automate equipment based on your proximity (our elevator system does this).
2. Improve Safety – did you know you can set up iBeacons to alert you to specific situations? For example, temperature changes or proximity to danger zones.
3. Notification of delivery – iBeacons can be used in warehouses and in logistics to notify of delivery. Because of they are inexpensive, both on the hardware and the application side, it is highly effective and efficient.
4. Content delivery according to location – one of the most interesting application of iBeacons is to use them for delivering proximity based information. iBeacons are dead simple for people to use, just point your phone, and there for it makes it easy to deliver information to people that is specific to their location. The best thing is that there is not content overload – they get and see only the content for where they are – what you wan them to see. In fact, the rest of the content is completely invisible to them until they are in that location.
5. iBeacons do not need Wi-FI – actually iBeacons can trigger an app even without having a Wi-Fi or a data connection. If the content is coded within the app, all that is needed is for Bluetooth to be on to get the user’s phone to launch the app and deliver information. In areas where Wi-Fi is not easy to get, or in situations where users do not want to have their Data connection on, this is a big plus.
6. Did you know that iBeacons can be configured to execute either on enter or on exit? Think about what you can provide customers as they exit and area, the shop, or a restaurant. It opens a lot of possibilities.
7. iBeacons have many uses for security – An iBeacon system installed at a school could send notifications to parents when their child has arrived or left. In companies it can easily replace time cards for recording when people arrive or leave work – nothing to push, nothing to open, just walk in the door and walk out, system does the rest.
8. In health care – using iBeacons to check people into a doctors office and deliver information on where they should go – then showing them the way!
These are a few of the ideas for iBeacons that are beyond the simple pushing of coupons. The future is about automating the everyday, and providing ease of use to the end user of things that used to take a lot of effort.