Beacons, or iBeacons, are small electronic devices which emit a bluetooth signal which most mobile devices can recognise.
The beacons we use for triggering in Echoes are the simplest type - proximity beacons.
They can be used to trigger content in a walk on the Echoes app when within range. Each beacon can trigger a single zone, and can be reused for different walks, so the same beacon can trigger a different zone in a new walk.
This type of beacon is the easiest and quickest way to set up an indoor experience.
Purchase some beacons
Make sure you purchase beacons which are iBeacon compatible. In the UK we recommend Beacon Zone. Otherwise you can search for 'BLE Beacons' or 'iBeacons' and try to find a local supplier.
Setting the settings
Beacons usually come with their own app to program them. Often they will work out of the box, but sometimes you will need to tweak the settings or work out whey they're not working.
The principal settings on the beacon are:
There are likely to be a number of different 'strength' settings which will affect how easy it is to detect the beacon:
Once you've installed your beacon, try detecting it with a beacon detector on iOS and/or android.
You can then use the major and minor ids to input into the Echoes Creator in the Echo details section. Note again that you should use the manufacturer's app to discover the correct UUID.
The proximity distance corresponds to the distance reported in the scanner apps although the values reported are never accurate and may well differ between iOS and android (and various android devices). It should be a rule of thumb.
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