Bluetooth 4.0 / ANT beacon evaluation kit for indoor positioning for everybody
Just to let you know that you don’t have to wait longer for indoor positioning based on Bluetooth Low Energy or ANT any more. Radio beacons on BLE and ANT have become available right now. These can be deployed as miniature beacons in buildings, parking garages, shopping malls and airports without significant installation effort. They allow highly accurate indoor positioning on your smartphone or on a paired wireless location logger device. The installation of miniature radio beacons eliminates the need for costly Wi-Fi infrastructure, power cabling and site-specific finger-printing. Each beacon consumes much less energy than Wi-Fi and runs on a button cell with a long lifetime.
With the new combined BT 4.0 / ANT beacon evaluation kit you can test both wireless technologies easily. The kit comes with an iOS demo app for reading and monitoring of the Bluetooth LE beacons (with Android coming up soon). For testing ANT you get an app plus an ANT USB dongle for your PC and Android device.
The demo kit for Indoor Positioning comes in three versions right now:
- 5x Radio Beacons BLE, 5x Radio Beacons ANT, 1x ANT USB dongle plus Beacon Viewer and Beacon Browser
- 9x Radio Beacons ANT plus 1x ANT USB dongle plus a PC based Beacon Viewer
- 10x Radio Beacons BLE plus Beacon Browser on iOS
BTW, I own the first version of the beacon, the second version, and I will match the latest version with my Samsung S4 after my vacation in an analogue world without electronic gadgets (just paper books, sun and fun).
Nevertheless, I will keep you posted on further kits and success stories soon.