Bluetooth beacons: Everything you need to know (2024)

Here at Pointr, we specialize in working with Bluetooth® technologies and we find that many curious individuals ask us about what these really are, how they work, what they enable businesses, workplaces and more to do, and everything in between.So we have put together an article on everything you need to know about these fantastic devices.

It’s a long read, so grab a cup of tea and enjoy!Bluetooth beacons: Everything you need to know (1)

What is a beacon?

A beacon is a small device (approx 3cm x 5cm x 2cm) that constantly sends out radio signals to nearby smartphones and tablets, containing a small amount of data. The signal strength and time between each signal can be configured to give a desired coverage. Mobile apps can listen for the signals being broadcast and, when they hear a relevant signal, can trigger an action on your phone. Note that beacons only operate/talk in one direction (i.e. they can broadcast data but cannot read things off your phone). For the majority of current beacons, the data that they transmit is hard coded and doesn’t change frequently (i.e. set it once when configuring the beacon) and they rely on the device which is listening to do something intelligent with the data – in the future this is likely to start changing.

How do Bluetooth beacons work?

Beacons work using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) which is a version of the more common Bluetooth protocol, designed to use very little power and send less data – typically 1-20% of standard Bluetooth power and at 15-50% of the speed. They are often powered by batteries and as such the performance/battery life needs careful balancing to suit the application as the battery life can be anywhere from 1 month to 2-3 years (there are beacons using USB/mains power or solar panels so last much longer, and some beacons are coming out which are built into lights or light sockets). The beacons themselves are typically stuck to walls/ceilings or hidden in other objects since you can detect a beacon up to 70m away with no obstructions (depending on the power level).

How can beacon signal or range vary?

Whilst Beacons can have up to 70m range with no obstructions, this can drop significantly through walls which are made with metal or brick (though thin/stud walls have a much smaller effect).

In addition to the potential range of Bluetooth Low Energy, most protocols also operate with three ranges of distance: far, near and immediate – and a device can do something different at each range.

  • Far – this is designed so that your device can do something when you can just about hear a beacon (i.e. walking past a store)
  • Near – this is designed so your device can do something once you are in the same room as a beacon (i.e. walking into a store)
  • Immediate – this is designed so your device can do something once you are virtually touching a beacon (i.e. touching an advert or checkout in a shop)

The signals also allows apps to recognize whether you are getting closer or further away, hence offer you a welcome/goodbye message as you shop, or even understand which parts of the shop you interacted with. Remember that this processing would have to be done by the app as a beacon only transmits data and cannot receive a signal from your phone – this information could however be transmitted back to the shop via a data/Wi-Fi connection.

Do beacons work with iPhones/Android/ Windows phones?

Yes all modern phones can support Bluetooth Low Energy but you have to turn on Bluetooth for anything to happen.

On iOS 7 and above (iPhone 4s and above, iPad 3rd/4th Gen/Mini/Air, iPod Touch 5th Gen and above), the phone can constantly scan for Bluetooth Low Energy devices and wake up relevant apps when they come within range of a relevant beacon (even if they are closed).

On Android devices there is no operating-system management of beacons and the apps must scan for Bluetooth Low Energy devices themselves. This means the apps must be running (can be in the background) all the time and hence use up more battery (not very much).

On Windows and Blackberry devices there are varying levels of compatibility but most modern phones over the last few years support Bluetooth Low Energy in a similar way to Android (e.g. Windows phones require the Lumia Cyan update).

Hey! Will Bluetooth Low Energy drain my battery?

In the same way as Bluetooth Low Energy uses 1-20% of the power of full Bluetooth in the beacon, it uses much less power on your phone. Leaving Bluetooth running on a Bluetooth Low Energy enabled phone should typically use 1-3% of a phone battery over the course of a full day – though if you are using standard Bluetooth at the same time (e.g. leaving Bluetooth headphones connected) then this can increase. We've got some more information on how Bluetooth can impact your smartphone battery here.

iBeacon vs BLE beacon - what's the difference?

Though the names suggest some major differences, there's actually very little difference between the definitions of ;iBeacon' and a BLE beacons. iBeacon technology is a protocol devised by Apple that aims to standardize the data broadcast by Bluetooth beacons. In other words, iBeacon is an Apple flavour, running on top of core Bluetooth Low Energy technology and beacons. Any Bluetooth beacon can be regarded as an iBeacon, if they advertise according to Apple’s standards. Currently Apple doesn’t make beacon hardware and expects beacon vendors to adopt their iBeacon requirements. There is a chance that Apple may release their own iBeacon hardware, and at this point a difference may emerge – some people say the iWatch is effectively an intelligent Bluetooth beacon (technically true) though not in the form most people would expect it.

Will all beacons work with my app?

All beacons transmit data in the same format and so are very interchangeable, though certain parts of the transmission are specific to certain manufacturers and hence the app should be configured for a particular beacon. In order for the app to respond as intended it needs to know exactly what beacon it is listening for and each manufacturer will have a set of tools available to help with this process. When conducting a Pointr installation, we always strive to use the same or complementary beacon types, and factor any existing hardware that the customer may already have in place too, such as particular access points. As the majority of beacons are similar and beam similar data, we prioritize things such as easy of installation and battery life (as this means fewer hardware refreshes are required over time).

What does Apple’s iBeacon technology do?

iBeacon lets iPhones/iPads/iPods constantly scan for nearby Bluetooth devices. When it identifies a device, like a beacon, it can wake up an app on the phone (even if the app is not running). Developers can make their apps responsive to iBeacon by using Apple’s Core Location APIs (application programming interfaces) in iOS. iBeacon can also be implemented into Passbook such that relevant messages/offers appear in your Passbook as you encounter specific beacons or Bluetooth devices (though an App needs to be installed which recognizes the detected beacon).

How does Bluetooth beacon tracking work?

Bluetooth beacons can send rudimentary data back to an app, which in turn, when corresponding with more than one beacon, can triangulate a user's position. Without an app interface, beacons are unable to make this calculation for themselves.

However, for a variety of reasons, even using multiple beacons isn't always effective for calculating a user's whereabouts in an indoor location. For example, while a group of BLE beacons may be able to pinpoint a user at one point, they would not be able to work out the direction that user was facing, and would struggle to keep up with a moving device. This is where Pointr's Deep Location® Platform comes in, with numerous unique technological calculations leveraged in order to bridge this gap and offer super accurate indoor positioning and indoor navigation.

Want to learn everything there is to know about indoor positioning? Download our guide.

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So where can I get a beacon from?

There are currently a number of beacon manufacturers out there, all offering a slightly different range of features, flexibility, reliability and battery life. Estimote and Kontakt are some of the more popular beacon manufacturers and they offer a good SDK (software package) which allows you to configure and play around with the beacon, whilst also offering pretty decent battery life. You can get super small beacons, super long life beacons or waterproof/sturdy beacons from a quick search, you can even turn any Bluetooth Low Energy compatible phone into a beacon itself! Increasingly, the technology found in beacons is being replicated in other pieces of hardware, such as Wi-Fi access points or smart lighting - you might already have some beacon technology and not even realise it!

How much do beacons cost?

You can pick up a beacon for $15 or up to $35 depending on what features and battery life you want from it.

What businesses should invest in beacons?

There's no limit to what can be done with BLE beacons, and their inexpensive cost means that everyone from small retail stores through to huge locations like hospitals and airports can benefit enormously from investing in beacon technology.

At Pointr, we've worked with a large range of businesses and venues to make the most of beacon technology. We've helped retailers leverage indoor mapping and positional analytics to better understand where their customers are going and not going in their store. We've aided airlines and airports in improving their apps with indoor navigation to get their visitors to the correct gates quickly. We've empowered workplaces to keep their employees safe via indoor position contact tracking and improve efficiency by letting them know where they can meet easily and immediately.

What data do beacons send to phones?

Contrary to common understanding, beacons themselves transmit no meaningful data. Instead, they transmit short identifiers and it is the app that should make use of this information and do something useful. For example, an app can detect a short number broadcast by a beacon, then connect to internet to convert this number into a message, and trigger a push message on the phone. (Beacons can in theory send push messages without the internet but only of a few characters long). In short, beacons are dummy devices that advertise short identifiers, and it is the app that is responsible for doing something smart.

Technically speaking, beacons send a small stream of data containing a unique identifier and a small amount of customisable data. The identifier is what notifies an app to start listening and do something, while the data then gives some further information for processing. The identifier consists of three parts: a “UUID” which is typically the ID of the beacon vendor and a “Major” and “Minor” ID which are customisable and designed to signify different countries/regions/buildings/stores/rooms. The data is all transmitted unencrypted (by design) in a widely publicized format to ensure standardisation between manufacturers and platforms and as such can be spoofed. Apps need to understand this ‘feature’ to ensure nothing sensitive is transmitted through BLE and instead it should trigger another process which can be more secure.

What interference do Beacons cause?

Beacons do operate on the same frequency as some Wi-Fi signals (2.4GHz) and hence could cause interference, however they operate at lower power levels and transmit signals for very short periods of time – often for 1ms in a second (1000ms). As a result of this, even with many users simultaneously using Bluetooth, it is unlikely to have an effect on a Wi-Fi connection – there are loads of common household devices using this frequency band with much higher power levels and most of the time even they don’t have an effect. If the Wi-Fi connection is based on 5Ghz transmission then you will not get any interference at all.

What can I actually do with beacons?

This is where beacons get really interesting as you can do so many things with them, and the list keeps getting longer as people imagine new uses. Currently some of the working uses include:

  • Indoor positioning and navigation
  • Tracking of people or possessions
  • Location based advertisem*nts or messages (for more on Bluetooth beacon advertising, click here)
  • Security and automatic locking/unlocking of a computer
  • Trigger requests for things like payments (note payments cannot be contained in BLE itself as it isn’t encrypted)

Where are Beacons used today?

Tens of implementations have been advertised in the last year, with the US leading the way in beacon integration. Marketing and loyalty drive the most common purposes at the moment, with some these examples:

  • Macy’s is rolling out beacons across their stores in the US, for in-store marketing and loyalty.
  • Major League Baseball are using beacons in their ballparks to offer fans the ability to check in, and get additional content on their phones.
  • San Francisco airport is using beacons to help blind people navigate.
  • The Swan Centre in the UK became the first shopping mall to use beacons, which allowed them to organize some in-store campaigns for its visitors.
  • New Museum in NYC used beacons to give visitors a realistic minefield experience on their phones, where beacons became ‘virtual mines’.
  • BeHere app allows students to register attendance automatically with their phones in their pockets.
  • Google introduced ‘Physical Web’ which is also using BLE (not iBeacon), to enable users to interact with objects around them (e.g. A ZipCar car, a bus stop, vending machine or fridge at home) without an app by merely walking next to them.

What more's to come?

The last few years saw the inception of beacon applications which blend offline and online experiences for smartphone users. At Pointr, we believe we’re just seeing the beginning of a world where all your online behavior will blend in with your offline activities and many offline objects (bus stops, vending machines, cars, shopping malls, museums, car parks and department stores will all become smarter and we will be able to interact with them).

We foresee applications that range from straightforward loyalty/marketing ones (e.g. being greeted personally when you walk into your favourite store, and receiving tailored offers based on your online and offline shopping history) to really useful ones such as being able to track valuable assets (e.g. being notified immediately when you leave your wallet behind) or navigation inside huge indoor venues or even underground stations, mines, etc.

Bluetooth beacons: Everything you need to know (2024)

FAQs

What is the need to use Bluetooth beacons? ›

Bluetooth beacons enable the connection between the physical and digital world by creating a communication bridge between enabled devices and the person carrying them. In theory, beacon technology allows businesses to automate certain processes and enhance experience-based actions and interactions.

Can beacons access data on your phone? ›

Beacons themselves don't collect any data. They do not send marketing messages to your phone. They broadcast location marks that your phone and apps using your phone can take advantage of to understand more precisely where you are.

Can BLE beacons work without an app? ›

How does Bluetooth beacon tracking work? Bluetooth beacons can send rudimentary data back to an app, which in turn, when corresponding with more than one beacon, can triangulate a user's position. Without an app interface, beacons are unable to make this calculation for themselves.

How do you set up a beacon device? ›

Beacon configuration (Setting your tracking device for Beacon usage)
  1. In System Settings Enable Codec8 Extended;
  2. In Bluetooth settings Enable Bluetooth, set this setting as either "Enable (hidden)" or "Enable (visible)", otherwise Bluetooth will be disabled;

What is the purpose of a beacon? ›

A beacon is an intentionally conspicuous device designed to attract attention to a specific location. A common example is the lighthouse, which draws attention to a fixed point that can be used to navigate around obstacles or into port.

How does a beacon work? ›

How Do Beacons Work? The beacon device itself is incredibly simple. Each device contains a CPU, radio, and batteries, and it works by repeatedly broadcasting out an identifier. This identifier is picked up by your device, usually a mobile, and marks out an important place in your environment.

Is my phone being remotely monitored? ›

However, if someone is monitoring your phone there are common signs you can look out for. These include an increase in data usage, suspicious files and applications, strange text messages, and unusual or malfunctioning device behavior such as your device overheating.

Can your phone be monitored remotely? ›

Yes, unfortunately, people can access and even control your phone remotely. There are plenty of spyware apps and bugs that let people hack into your phone without you even knowing about it. It's usually through certain links or credentials that hackers do this.

What app can I use to see if my phone is being monitored? ›

For extra peace of mind, you can enlist the help of a third-party tool: Incognito, Certo, and Kaspersky Antivirus are three phone-scanning apps that come well recommended by their users, and they should tell you if you have anything to worry about.

Can BLE be hacked? ›

NCC Group has found proof of concept that BLE devices can be exploited from anywhere on the planet. A critical flaw found in Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) receivers may grant cyber criminals entry to anything from personal devices, such as phones or laptops, to even cars and houses.

How do you detect BLE devices? ›

To find BLE devices, you use the startScan() method. This method takes a ScanCallback as a parameter. You must implement this callback, because that is how scan results are returned.

Can BLE go through walls? ›

Bluetooth works flawlessly when there's nothing to impede it's path. But when the signal needs to pass through heavy building materials and multiple walls, the effectiveness of the signal could be impacted. Bluetooth is more likely to travel through drywall than concrete or metal, for example.

What blocks can activate a beacon? ›

To activate a Beacon, you must place it on top of a Pyramid. The Pyramid must be built from Iron, Gold, Diamond, Netherite, or Emerald blocks. You can use a mixture of these if you don't have enough of a single type of block.

Can an Iphone act as a beacon? ›

To broadcast your beacon's identity from an iOS device, use the Core Bluetooth framework to configure the iOS device as a Bluetooth peripheral. When configured as a peripheral, your iOS device broadcasts its beacon information out to other devices using the Bluetooth hardware.

What is a beacon tracker? ›

Tracker beacons are Bluetooth beacons designed specifically for tracking physical items or remote camera button-type applications but they can be used for other purposes. Unlike iBeacon, Eddystone and Sensor beacons, there's no configuration app, the Bluetooth advertising data is fixed and can't be re-configured.

What is the difference between Bluetooth and beacon? ›

Beacon technology uses Bluetooth Smart, an ultra low power version of Bluetooth, which works over a range of a few metres to tens of metres. Beacons continuously transmit a packet of data so that when a smartphone passes by, it receives and decodes the packet, which contains the Beacon's ID number.

What are the different types of beacons? ›

Types of Beacon protocols
  • iBeacon (Apple)
  • Eddystone (Google)
  • AltBeacon (Radius Networks)
  • GeoBeacon (Tecno-World)

What are the advantages of beacons? ›

Beacons are one of the best ways to establish connection with your customers in a physical world. They trigger and deliver proximity campaigns to a person's phone based on his/hers location. Beacons also enable to collect important data on customer behaviour and increase their engagement. Beacons are simple devices.

What is Bluetooth location beacon? ›

Beacons broadcast signals on regular intervals that can be detected by other BLE-enabled devices. Location data from the beacons is collected by a BLE device and forwarded to the IPS to determine the device's location. This can support various location-aware applications and even trigger specific actions.

What is relay Bluetooth beacon? ›

A Bluetooth beacon is a small wireless device that works based on Bluetooth Low Energy. It's kind of like a lighthouse: it repeatedly transmits a constant signal that other devices can see.

How far do beacons reach? ›

Beam. A vertical beam appears from a beacon if the beacon is activated, extending from the beacon block up to beyond the top of the world. In Java Edition, the beam is visible up to 256 blocks away. In Bedrock Edition, the beam is visible up to 64 blocks away, regardless of how high the render distance is set.

What is code *# 62 for? ›

Indonesia Country Code 62 Country Code ID.

How do I block my phone from being tracked? ›

Turn off location services (iOS and Android)
  1. Go to Settings > Privacy and tap Location Services.
  2. You can toggle off Location Services for all apps or scroll down and turn off location services only for specific apps.
  3. Go to Settings > Location, and toggle the location button to Off.
Nov 4, 2022

What is the 3 digit number to see if your phone is tapped? ›

When you dial *#21#, it will display the various sorts of diversion status which is happening with the number. This will display the information and you will come to know if your calls or messages are tapped.

Can someone read my text messages from their phone? ›

Yes, it's definitely possible for someone to spy on your text messages and it's certainly something you should be aware of – this is a potential way for a hacker to gain a lot of private information about you – including accessing PIN codes sent by websites used to verify your identity (such as online banking).

Does *# 21 tell you if your phone is tapped? ›

The code does not show if a phone has been tapped

How-to Geek described the *#21# feature as an “interrogation code” that allow users to view their call forwarding setting from the phone app. “These are not related at all.

What are signs that your phone is hacked? ›

How to know if your phone is hacked
  • 1: You notice something you don't recognize on your phone. Look out for apps you didn't download, text messages you didn't send, purchases you didn't make, and suspicious phone calls.
  • 2: Your phone works slowly. ...
  • 3: Mysterious data usage spikes. ...
  • 4: Strange behavior. ...
  • 5: Pop-ups.
Jan 12, 2023

Can someone link your phone to theirs? ›

Yes, unfortunately, people can access and even control your phone remotely. There are plenty of spyware apps and bugs that let people hack into your phone without you even knowing about it. It's usually through certain links or credentials that hackers do this.

Can someone connect to my Bluetooth without me knowing? ›

Yes, Bluetooth can be hacked. While using this technology has offered a lot of creature comforts, it has also exposed people to cyberattacks. Almost all devices are Bluetooth enabled—from smartphones to cars.

Can someone hack into my phone via Bluetooth? ›

You can share files, play media, and more with a wireless connection. But like with unsecured Wi-Fi networks, hackers can target your Bluetooth-enabled devices to commit identity theft, install malware, or spam you with messages.

How do I read my Bluetooth HCI snoop log? ›

Retrieving the HCI Log
  1. On the Android device go to Settings.
  2. Select Developer options.
  3. Click to enable Bluetooth HCI snoop logging.
  4. Return to the Settings screen and select Developer options.
  5. In the Developer options screen select Enable Bluetooth HCI snoop log. The log file is now enabled.

How do I identify a unique Bluetooth device? ›

Every single Bluetooth device has a unique 48-bit address, commonly abbreviated BD_ADDR. This will usually be presented in the form of a 12-digit hexadecimal value. The most-significant half (24 bits) of the address is an organization unique identifier (OUI), which identifies the manufacturer.

How do you hide BLE? ›

You can hide your custom peripheral device's BLE name by removing the local name from the advertisement data. This way, your device will be seen as Unknown Device in the phone's scan results (or in any other central device).

Is a phone a BLE device? ›

Most smartphones and tablets built since 2012 support low-energy Bluetooth (BLE). However, since Android phones vary widely, some models might support BLE, while others support an older version of Bluetooth. The table below summarizes which iOS devices have BLE.

What blocks Bluetooth signal? ›

Physical obstacles like walls and furniture will block your Bluetooth signal, making it difficult or impossible for two devices to communicate. To reduce this type of interference, try moving the devices closer together or relocating them to an open area where there are fewer obstructions.

Can BLE transmit audio? ›

Bluetooth LE Audio can send multiple audio streams to and from an audio source device, like your smartphone, and multiple audio sink devices, like headphones.

Can aluminum foil block Bluetooth signals? ›

Sadly, it doesn't work. While wrapping the phone in foil would almost certainly create some degree of interference, it likely wouldn't be enough to prevent the phone sending and receiving signals.

How do you fully power a beacon? ›

Take your Netherite Ingot or your Gold or Iron Ingot or your diamond or emerald, and place it into the empty spot on the left. Then press the power you choose, and press the checkmark and then you will notice a power on the top of your left screen.

How do you make a max beacon? ›

To reach the maximum power of the beacon, it should ideally have four levels built, with the beacon placed on top, in the center block of a 3x3 area, which is the top layer of the beacon base.

Is there a secret mode on iPhone? ›

You can use Private Browsing Mode to open private tabs, which don't appear in History on iPhone or in the list of tabs on your other devices. in the center of the tab bar at the bottom of the screen, then tap Private.

What secret things can my iPhone do? ›

16 hidden iOS 16 features you need to find!
  • Support for Switch controllers (and others)
  • Locked folders in Photos.
  • Duplicate photo detection.
  • Lock screen notification layouts.
  • More offline Siri functions.
  • See your Wi-Fi passwords.
  • Hang up with Siri.
  • Better portrait blurring.
Sep 19, 2022

Can an iPhone be turned into a listening device? ›

You can stream sound from the microphone on iPhone to your Made For iPhone (MFi) hearing devices or AirPods. This can help you hear better in some situations—for example, when having a conversation in a noisy environment.

Can you track people with Bluetooth? ›

Though phones' Bluetooth uses cryptographic technology that limits trackability, using a radio receiver, these distortions in the Bluetooth signal can be discerned to track individual devices.

What frequency do Bluetooth beacons use? ›

Beacons do operate on the same frequency as some Wi-Fi signals (2.4GHz) and hence could cause interference, however they operate at lower power levels and transmit signals for very short periods of time – often for 1ms in a second (1000ms).

When should I use beacon API? ›

The main use case for the Beacon API is to send analytics such as client-side events or session data to the server. Historically, websites have used XMLHttpRequest for this, but browsers do not guarantee to send these asynchronous requests in some circumstances (for example, if the page is about to be unloaded).

Are Bluetooth beacons secure? ›

It's a better solution than no password at all, but it isn't fully secure. By default, beacons broadcast their signal “in the clear,” (which means communication between the beacon and the device which manages it is not encrypted).

Why do marketers use beacon technology? ›

What are the advantages of beacon marketing? Beacon marketing can be used to push promotions, encourage engagement, or simply inform your customers. It is particularly useful for app developers who have brick and mortar stores or for targeting people attending industry events.

Why do I need GPS for Bluetooth? ›

Before the launch of Android 12, it's a requirement from Google/Android for apps using Bluetooth to obtain Location permission. This is because Bluetooth - a common pairing technology used by accessories like headphones, wearables, and smart home devices - is used to scan and “locate” the accessory.

How many beacons should I have? ›

You would need six beacons to maximize. You can customize your beacon's light. While beacon's look cool by default, you can alter their color! If you place a block of stained glass above a beacon, the light will change to imitate the color of the glass.

Does beacon expire? ›

Beacon batteries last for approximately 5-10 years. Before your battery reaches its expiry date, you should consider the options to ensure that the beacon will transmit properly in an emergency situation.

When should you not use API? ›

Here are some reasons not to create a REST API for your system.
  1. It already has an API. Your system already has an API. And it is called HTTP. ...
  2. It Will Break. Your API will break. ...
  3. It Will Change. Ha! ...
  4. It Will Be Slow. Your API will be slow. ...
  5. It Will Be Hard To Parse. I am sure many of you parsed JSON documents. “

Can Bluetooth data be hacked? ›

Hack your phone even if it's turned off.

Criminals can exploit Bluetooth in your mobile phone and install malware, even when it's switched off. Steal data being transmitted over Bluetooth. Hackers can still capture data being sent over a Bluetooth connection, even if the data is encrypted.

Can Bluetooth be monitored? ›

Those Bluetooth signals your phone is constantly putting out into the ether? They're about as unique as a fingerprint and highly trackable. That means a person's movement and activity can be easily monitored. Researchers presented their findings at the IEEE Security and Privacy conference on May 24, 2022.

Do people still use beacons? ›

Beacon technology is nothing new. It has come a long way since 2013, when Apple first introduced iBeacon technology. Today, smart bluetooth beacons are used in many industries around the world – and demand is rising to record levels.

What companies use beacons? ›

How 10 Major Retail Brands Are Using Beacon Mobile Advertising
  • Target. Target uses beacons to help shoppers find their way through stores and locate specific products. ...
  • Macy's. ...
  • Nordstrom. ...
  • CVS Pharmacies. ...
  • Walmart. ...
  • Neiman Marcus. ...
  • Universal Display. ...
  • Levi's Stadium Concessions.
Oct 9, 2019

What stores use beacon technology? ›

Macy's, Urban Outfitters, CVS, Lord & Taylor, Target, Timberland, and many other major retailers already use beacon technology to take their shopping experiences to the next level.

How far can a tracking device work? ›

The technology implemented in GPS tracking devices is so unique and advanced that it can provide you with the exact location of up to 10 meters. Some high-end devices can offer better precision and are accurate up to 1 meter.

What is the difference between a GPS tracker and a Bluetooth tracker? ›

GPS trackers maintain a constant connection and can provide an updated location at any time. Bluetooth trackers have a 200 - 300 ft maximum range because they depend on the strength of the Bluetooth signal between the finder and your mobile device.

Why you should disable GPS on your mobile phone? ›

Why turn off the GPS on your Android phone? One of the reasons mentioned above is that the apps installed on your phone know the places you frequently visit. Facebook, Google and even Instagram know your steps. Another detail is that active GPS consumes your phone's power, even though it is used in the background.

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