iBeacon technology

iBeacon technology

iBeacon is the trademark for an indoor positioning system developed by Apple Inc. This system enables a smartphone or other device (e.g. tablet) to receive a transmitted signal and perform actions when in close proximity to a device (beacon) that uses iBeacon technology. iBeacon uses the Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) standard, also known as Bluetooth Smart. A beacon that supports iBeacon technology uses BLE to periodically transmit a unique identifier, composed by an universal unique identifier, UUID, 128 bits, a major number, 16 bits, and a minor number, 16 bits. iBeacon specifications define the format of the advertising packet broadcast by the beacon, the advertising channels, the advertising interval, and the procedure for RSSI calibration.
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