A beacon can be best described as a small transmitter, using Bluetooth and radio technologies. As more businesses adopt IoT infrastructure, beacons are becoming a popular and affordable option in deploying IoT solutions.
With Lighthouse, a beacon is repeatedly transmitting a signal that a smartphone with the Lighthouse.io mobile application can ‘see.’ The signal is a combination of numbers and letters transmitted in regular intervals. A beacon is transmitting a unique ID number that advises a smartphone which beacon it is next to. So, in short, it is simply an ‘identifier'
Internally, a beacon is a small, basic device - they usually consist of a lithium battery (much smaller than say a AA battery - and more powerful) and can come in different shapes, sizes and if required, colours.
The beauty of Lighthouse’s dedicated mobile application is that based on the location information being sent from the beacon in question, you can create and input powerful data relevant to your business - be it location data, task completion, audit and assessment criteria being completed and even duress notification functionality to supplement emergency services. We have also put together a great initial 'Beginners Guide to Beacons'
At Lighthouse, we like to consult with clients closely so that we have a clear understanding of objectives in order to achieve the best outcome both commercially and technically for your business. For existing customers, a simple discussion with your Customer Success Manager is your best first step.