iBeacons is growing many folds in popularity in recent times. It has got huge fame, much greater than any other device or technology released in the recent times. May be the amazing and unique uses of this technology brought it that much fame. For newbie or non-tech savvy people, this term might sound something new. For understanding what this technology means, you have to know the basic technological aspects.
iBeacon is Apple trademarked technology which can offer services in indoor positioning system. It is aptly considered as low power, low cost transmitters which work on Bluetooth Low Energy or Bluetooth Smart technology. It is compatible with the devices running on Bluetooth v4.0 supporting dual mode. Best part of this technology which sets it apart from others is its context-aware, location-aware and pervasive small wireless sensing abilities. Practical usage of this technology is that it can pin point the location of users in a retail store. This helps the retailers to send the details of nearby products, offers, deals and discounts, encouraging them to make more sales than what expected of a customer. It can also enable payments at POS i.e. Point of Sale.
iBeacon Vs NFC:
iBeacon is very much similar to NFC, but with some differences. NFC stands for Near Field Communication and is compatible only for Android operating system based devices. NFC will work similar to Bluetooth but it can transfer the information just by tapping with other NFC enabled device. iBeacon technology will be helpful for the retailers to communicate with their customers about nearby deals and offers. It can be very much useful than NFC. iBeacon helps the retailers to communicate with huge number of shoppers while NFC enables communication between two devices.
iBeacons Vs GPS
GPS stands for global positioning system while ibeacons is a type of indoor positioning system. Both have some similarities but there are some differences also. Both of them work for finding out nearby devices. GPS uses this technology to find out the current location while iBeacon can be used for locating a device or product in indoors. While GPS can be very much useful to track the route in a new place, this latest technology will be very much useful to find out a specific item in the new premises.
iBeacon Vs Bluetooth
Actually, iBeacon is also a type of Bluetooth technology. It works on Bluetooth Smart or what we commonly call it as Bluetooth Low Energy. This BLE can be compatible with Bluetooth 4.0 devices which can support dual mode. iBeacon software utilizes Bluetooth low energy proximity sensing for the transmission of universally unique identifier. It is generally picked up by compatible operating system or app which can be turned in to physical location or trigger some action, like post in social media, etc.
Formats Supported by iBeacons:
Presently, this technology comes in different formats. The formats supported by this technology include AA powered devices, small coin cells, software versions and USB sticks.
Basic Functions of iBeaconsPrimarily, iBeacons is used for region monitoring, ranging, etc tasks. In near future, it might be explored still extensively and can be utilized in different fields of business. Given its huge potential, it has got more chances to rule the business world. Very soon, it is going to be seen in major retail stores. It can also be used in other locations where its unique functionalities of region monitoring and ranging can be useful. Right after its release in recent times, it has become very much popular that it has penetrated the market sooner than any other device/technology in the recent times.