The American Multinational Corporation Apple Inc. has always earned a respectable position in the mobility sector due to its various developments every year. Apple known for its diverse technologies always bring down the best hardware and software combination of their products. Recently, Apple rolled out iOS7 which carries tons of new added features but the latest Apple’s iBeacon seems to be one of the most promising features in the iOS7 update.
The Apple’s iBeacon plays an important role in expanding the enterprise mobility. The Enterprise Application Services India is also exploring iBeacon which is an indoor wireless device recognition technology that transmits the data between an iPhone or iPad and the iBeacon network. The iBeacon network recognizes any Apple device running iOS7 only and once entered in its coverage area will start sending data like promotional messages, information, route map, layouts or any other useful content about the specific area of user’s interest.
Apple’s iBeacon works on Low Energy Bluetooth (BLE) also known as Bluetooth 4.0 or Bluetooth Smart. The smart phones that are in iBeacon zone will benefit from personalized micro-location based notification and prompt a user with special deals based on their present location and history of the organization. iBeacon could be a possible NFC (Near Field Communication) competitor and even allows paying bills using your own personal device.
The Compatible Devices are:
- iOS devices with Bluetooth4.0 (iPhone4s and later, iPad3 and later, iPod touch5, iPad mini)
- Android devices with Bluetooth 4.0 and Android 4.3 and later (Samsung Galaxy S3/S4, Samsung Galaxy Note II, HTC One, Nexus 7 2013 edition, Nexus 4, HTC Butterfly, Droid DNA)
- Macintosh computers equipped with OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) and Bluetooth 4.0 using the MacBeacon application from Radius Networks.
Role of iBeacon in Enterprise Environments
The smart phones have completely transformed the way we live. Now-a-days, data plays a vital role for any organization and should be tackled with utmost security and confidentiality. The factors that are very important these days is data security and increasing productivity, thus the enterprises are opting for mobility strategies for their business operations.
The managers can switch off their mobile camera during the confidential meeting or presentation. Just placing an iBeacon at a suitable place will allow the user to get instant Wi-Fi settings based on the internal security policy of an organization. It enables micro-location abilities by using a BLE profile and utilizes low power, low priced, tiny Bluetooth devices to offer indoor mapping abilities.
Through the Indoor Mapping Services, one can automatically acquire information or read out about their preferred exhibits. iBeacon make use of small wireless sensors that sends data to the iPhone via Bluetooth and due to its micro-location feature, the users can connect to the nearby Beacon and get its hard coded GPS location in order to navigate indoors.
The remotely controlling sensors open up range of wide possibilities such as:
- Remotely switching off your equipments
- Control over the employees
- Better internal communication throughout the organization
- Ease of shopping and payments
- Accurate information about any products and their exact location
iBeacon accelerates productivity by providing real time information and enhanced communication throughout the enterprise. What’s your take on this? Leave your replies in the comment box below…!