How to choose the most suitable beacon

How to choose the most suitable beacon

Although all our beacons offer the same basic functionality (broadcast transmission of Bluetooth Low Energy frames according to market standards), each model has specific features that make it more suitable for some applications than others.
With the following tables, we offer a comparative picture of the various models to help you choose the best beacon model for your application.

Comparative table - Features and functionality

Mini
Maxi
Forte
Tag
Board/S
Board/B

USB
iBeacon AND Eddystone








Quuppa








Sensors








Eddystone EID/GATT








On-board sensors



Accelerometer button [1]




Antenna
Integrated
Integrated
Integrated
Integrated
Integrated / External [2]
Integrated

Integrated
Maximum range (m) [3]
100
100
110
80
100 /
variable [4]
80

40
Supply
Battery
Battery
Battery
Battery
External DC voltage
Battery / External DC voltage

USB
Battery life (months)
min - max [5]
6 - 60
18 - 120
11 - 96
3 - 24
n.a.
24 - 220 / n.a.

n.a.
Energy saving modes
Daily schedule
Daily schedule
Daily schedule
Daily schedule, motion state
Daily schedule
Daily schedule


OTA firmware update








Configuration app
BlueBeacon Manager (iOS, Android)
BlueBeacon Manager (iOS, Android)
BlueBeacon Manager (iOS, Android)
BlueBeacon Manager (iOS, Android)
BlueBeacon Manager (iOS, Android)
BlueBeacon Manager (iOS, Android)

BlueBeacon Tool
(iOS)
Integration with
BlueBeacon Cloud








Waterproof








Wearable








Size (mm)
40 x 40 x 15
70 x 50 x 27 [6]
50 x 52 x 35
60 x 35 x 11
37 x 40
115 x 65 x 40

18 x 13 x 6

[1]: optional
[2]: with UFL connector
[3]: estimated maximum range, in case of free-space and line-of-sight
[4]: depending on external antenna gain
[5]: estimated values based on the nominal capacity of the batteries and operation at room temperature of 20°C
[6]: 90 x 50 x 29 mm, including wall-mounting flanges


Comparative table - Applications

    Mini   
    Maxi   
    Forte   
    Tag   
    Board/S   
    Board/B   

    USB   
Proximity [7]








Indoor navigation [7]








Fixed installation








Mobile installation








Auto ID








RTLS [8]








Monitoring




✔ [9]
✔ [9]


Outdoor








Embedded








[7]: architecture with fixed beacons and mobile receiver (user smartphone)
[8]: architecture with mobile beacons and fixed receiver
[9]: customizable firmware for esternal sensors management




Comparative table - Markets

    Mini    
    Maxi    
    Forte    
    Tag    
    Board/S    
    Board/B    

    USB    
Retail








Museums, tourism








Hospitals








Airport, railway stations








Logistics








Light industry








Heavy industry








Offices








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