IoT – What is a beacon device and what is it used for?

The Internet of Things is developing incredibly fast and probably in a few years, it will make our lives significantly easier. Certainly there are supporters and opponents of such technologies, but in this article we will focus only on what advantages Internet of Things devices have, by way of example explaining what is beacon.

What is a beacon?

Beacons are small devices that rely on Bluetooth low energy technology. Each device has its own identifier, the code of which it sends in real-time to other devices with Bluetooth 4.0 technology. The devices use the location and transmit events between them, so that interaction occurs within the beacon’s location. The devices are very small and simple. They have lithium batteries in their construction, as well as a processor and radio. This is just a simplified explanation of what is beacon device.

what is beacon

How to use beacon technology?

The technology is primarily intended to facilitate communication. It is used in warehouses, where once the ID is read, it quickly delivers all the delivery messages. It can also immediately direct the order to the right place. In shopping centers, the technology can notify customers of available promotions located within individuals. The technology can also be very helpful in navigation.

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