Working together on our HD Wi-Fi Stadium projects for app integration into the wireless network. This solution is to provide customers guaranteed app download based upon granting Wi-Fi through the app.
Pointr are an indoor location and data platform specialists, and we have been working with them for beacon technology integration into our platform on various projects.
Manufacturers of The World’s first energy harvesting iBeacon offering a renewable energy supply and a 100-millisecond (10 times per second) advertising rate as default.
We have been working with Gcell on producing a white paper for their first stadium application using our app technology.
The way in which Wi-Fi works is with no physical wired connection between sender and receiver by using radio frequency (RF) technology. It is a frequency within the electromagnetic spectrum associated with radio wave propagation. When an RF current is supplied to an antenna, an electromagnetic field is created that then is able to propagate through space.
The cornerstone of any wireless network is an access point (AP). The primary job of an access point is to broadcast a wireless signal that computers can detect and “tune” into. In order to connect to an access point and join a wireless network, computers and devices must be equipped with wireless network adapters.
Wi-Fi is supported by many applications and devices including video game consoles, home networks, PDAs, mobile phones, major operating systems, and other types of consumer electronics.
Any products that are tested and approved as “Wi-Fi Certified” (a registered trademark) by the Wi-Fi Alliance are certified as interoperable with each other, even if they are from different manufacturers.
For example: A user with a Wi-Fi Certified product can use any brand of access point with any other brand of client hardware that also is also “Wi-Fi Certified”. Products that pass this certification are required to carry an identifying seal on their packaging that states “Wi-Fi Certified” and indicates the radio frequency band used (2.5GHz for 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n, and 5GHz for 802.11a).
Wi-Fi Certified is the latest generation of Wi-Fi which delivers up to gigabit per second data rates, enabling devices to handle demanding applications such as Ultra HD and 4K video, multimedia streaming and rapid file transfer on tablets, gaming devices, handsets and many other devices.
Based on IEEE 802.11ac, Wi-Fi Certified has the theoretical max speed of 802.11ac is eight 160MHz 256-QAM channels, each of which are capable of 866.7Mbps — a grand total of 6,933Mbps, or just shy of 7Gbps. That’s a transfer rate of 900 megabytes per second.
The term iBeacon and Beacon are often used interchangeably. iBeacon is the name for Apple’s technology standard, which allows Mobile Apps (running on both iOS and Android devices) to listen for signals from beacons in the physical world and react accordingly.
In essence, iBeacon technology allows Mobile Apps to understand their position on a micro-local scale, and deliver hyper-contextual content to users based on location. The underlying communication technology is Bluetooth Low Energy.
What is Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)?
Bluetooth Low Energy is a wireless personal area network technology used for transmitting data over short distances. As the name implies, it’s designed for low energy consumption and cost, while maintaining a communication range similar to that of its predecessor, Classic Bluetooth.
How is BLE different?
Bluetooth LE, as the name hints, has low energy requirements. It can last up to 3 years on a single coin cell battery.
BLE is 60-80% cheaper than traditional Bluetooth.
BLE is ideal for simple applications requiring small periodic transfers of data. Classic Bluetooth is preferred for more complex applications requiring consistent communication and more data throughput.
How does BLE communication work?
BLE communication consists primarily of “Advertisements”, or small packets of data, broadcast at a regular interval by Beacons or other BLE enabled devices via radio waves.
BLE Advertising is a one-way communication method. Beacons that want to be “discovered” can broadcast, or “Advertise” self-contained packets of data in set intervals.
These packets are meant to be collected by devices like smartphones, where they can be used for a variety of smartphone applications to trigger things like push messages, app actions, and prompts.
Apple’s iBeacon standard calls for an optimal broadcast interval of 100 ms. Broadcasting more frequently uses more battery life but allows for quicker discovery by smartphones and other listening devices. Standard BLE has a broadcast range of up to 100 meters, which make Beacons ideal for indoor location tracking and awareness.
Near Field Communication (NFC)
NFC is a standards-based short-range wireless connectivity technology that makes life easier and more convenient for consumers around the world by making it simpler to make transactions, exchange digital content, and connect electronic devices with a touch.
NFC is compatible with hundreds of millions of contactless cards and readers already deployed worldwide.
NFC technology enables simple and safe two-way interactions between electronic devices, allowing consumers to perform contactless transactions, access digital content, and connect electronic devices with a single touch.
NFC complements many popular consumer level wireless technologies, by utilizing the key elements in existing standards for contactless card technology (ISO/IEC 14443 A&B and JIS-X 6319-4). NFC can be compatible with existing contactless card infrastructure and it enables a consumer to utilize one device across different systems.
Extending the capability of contactless card technology, NFC also enables devices to share information at a distance that is less than 4cm with a maximum communication speed of 424 kbps.
Users can share business cards, make transactions, access information from a smart poster or provide credentials for access control systems with a simple touch.
NFC’s bidirectional communication ability is ideal for establishing connections with other technologies by the simplicity of touch.
For example: If a user wants to connect a mobile device to a stereo system to play music, he can simply touch the device to the stereo’s NFC touch point and the devices will negotiate the best wireless technology to use.
The Insite Smart Terminal (EPOS)
The Insite Smart Terminal is a future-proof device that accepts all of the following payment technologies:
- Magnetic stripe EMV (also known as chip cards)
- NFC (Near Field Communication)
- QR Code
You are ready to accept your customer’s favourite methods: Apple Pay, Chip-and-Pin, mobile apps and whatever else the future may bring.
Purpose-built from the ground up with your and your customers’ security and privacy as a priority. The Insite Smart Terminal meets the highest PCI and EMV requirements, comes with 24/7 fraud and tamper detection, and uses state-of-the-art, end-to-end encryption technologies.
The terminal is mobile and can move around your store. If you want to take orders while customers are waiting in line, take payments from curbside pickup or take it to the storeroom to do inventory you can do that. You can even take it on deliveries or to events thanks to it’s 3G/4G modem.
When people say “digital signage”, they’re talking about digital displays used to inform and persuade, and it’s popping up in public spaces all over the world.
Retailers and transit systems using digital signage are increasingly common, and every day more and more campuses, government institutions and corporations are finding their own ways to benefit from this increasingly affordable technology.
Our digital sign software can be used in any environment… lobby reception, student lounges, cafeterias, break rooms, call centres, elevator banks, manufacturing floors, meeting rooms…virtually any public space or network.
Close Comms takes digital signage beyond large displays, believing that anything with a screen can be a digital sign – desktops, RSS readers, smartphones and more.
Companies use digital signage to welcome visitors, show meeting schedules, or tell employees what’s for lunch. Maybe students are reminded that registration ends tomorrow or directed to interactive way finding on touch-screens to find their way around campus.
As the day comes to a close, screens in your facility might show local weather and traffic so that people can plan their commutes. What you show is really only limited by what you can imagine and create.