AMITIAE - Monday 10 March 2014

Revolutionising Technology with iBeacons

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By Graham K. Rogers


I have been looking a fair bit recently at the new approaches that iBeacon deployment might allow. As well as an item in the Bangkok Post, Life section, I have written about other ways these may be used (see below). Only yesterday, in a mall on the Thonburi side of Bangkok, a couple of low-level devices were detected by the software I have to track such uses.

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While two appear to be used on mobile phones (Samsung, Oppo) another was of a Polar H7 heart rate monitor. I was unable to tell if this was one device or three. All of the devices detected were in an area of the mall that has a number of mobile device booths.

Writing on ITProPortal, Mike Crooks examines the "Top 5 ways iBeacons will revolutionise the world of technology" beginning,

iBeacons are everywhere. Literally.

In fact, they are already in use in over 250 million iOS devices, 254 Apple retail stores, Macy's, US Major League Ballparks, Times Square and countless other locations.

But not here. Not yet. I am hopeful.

There are five areas that Crooks focuses on for advancements in the deployment of iBeacons:

  • Making buildings truly smart

  • Overhauling construction and maintenance

  • Making leisure & tourism truly reactive

  • Bringing online analytics into the real world

  • Ushering in a world of beacons

He examines each of these area in some detail and this article both complements and adds to other major output in the field that is beginning to appear.

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Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand where he is also Assistant Dean. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs.



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