How Beacons And Bluetooth Can Help Us Get To The Best Possible Wireless 911 – Yahoo Finance

Apple employs the technology in its iBeacon indoor proximity system, for example. To work, beacons, each costing as little as $5, must be deployed throughout an area at fixed locations. Phones receive signals from beacons and, based on signal strength, can approximate the distance from a given beacon and report that location to the network or an end application. The maximum range is 50 meters. Consequently, where deployed, iBeacon can accurately track customer locations. Stores are the typical adopters of this technology, but beacons are also finding their way into museums, where they can provide users additional information based on their step-by-step location, down to the specific exhibit, as National Geographic did recently in its Washington, D.C., museum. http://finance.yahoo.com/news/beacons-bluetooth-help-us-best-010014221.html

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