BeaconControl: Open Source Beacon Management


Launching this week, BeaconControl is an open source platform for managing proximity experiences using Bluetooth LE beacons. It promises to help extend the stack of tools available to developers, organizations and brands and allow for more seamless integration with existing systems. “The platform eliminates the need to focus on low level issues such as hardware […]

Beacons, Apps and Data Ownership


Bob! Get in the sled! Guest Post: Thomas Walle, CEO and Co-Founder Unacast During my attendance at several conferences about beacons, proximity and location based marketing the last couple of months, the conversations and discussions with peers have started to heat up. Especially in recent is the Street Fight awards, where Unacast won the best mobile marketing campaign […]

The Future of Beacon Technology | Guest Post

Google Eddystone

Guest Post by Jakub Krzych, CEO and Co-Founder of Estimote Jakub Krzych is CEO and Co-Founder of Estimote, Inc. In this (epic) guest post, he provides his thoughts and insights into the future of Web and mobile apps, the introduction of Google Eddystone and beacon support, and his vision for what it takes to bring digital […]

Kontakt to its Customers: You’re All Doomed

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Kontakt, one of the largest manufacturers of beacons, has a message for its customers: you’re all doomed. In what might rank as one of the more bizarre examples of corporate messaging, the company’s founder has taken to LinkedIn to pronounce that with the arrival of the Eddystone beacon protocol (and related services) by Google, proximity […]

Google Updates Terms of Service for the Physical Web

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Google has updated its Terms of Service for Chrome to clarify the use of the browser as part of the “Physical Web“. The update, which coincides with the release of beacon detection in Chrome browsers for iOS (with Android support expected in the coming days), clarifies that users won’t be sharing personally identifiable data from […]

Google Eddystone Jumps into the Browser on iOS


Your browser will now connect to ‘cookies’ in the physical world – beacons, which can now broadcast a Web URL as part of Google’s new Eddystone protocol. And Google is planting its flag on iOS devices first. By launching beacon support within Chrome, Google is effectively bypassing the gatekeepers at Apple and providing support for […]

Google Loves Apple (In a World of Beacons)


  The launch of Eddystone by Google has, at long last, addressed a challenge in creating proximity experiences with beacons. Namely, that the software tools for beacon detection and interaction were less robust for Android development than for Apple devices. The media narrative, as always, paints the move by Google as a showdown between Eddystone […]

iBeacon and Why Apple Streaming Music Might Be Free

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Apple can make its streaming music service free. And it’s because of iBeacon. The New York Times reports that industry analysts are predicting a tough climb for the company’s new streaming music service. Apple will need to shift from the pay-to-download model of iTunes toward the all-you-can-eat-buffet of streaming music. And in doing so, it will need to […]

Beacons Meet WiFi: Cisco Meraki Has Its Eye on Connected Spaces

WiFi iBeacon and Meraki

Bluetooth LE beacons have shifted beyond prototypes and pilots into large-scale distribution. But this shift has brought us bumping up against the downside to a beacon’s elegance and simplicity. Because if a beacon is a relatively simple (and dumb) device, how do you intelligently manage them at scale? One company thinks it has a solution. […]