When it comes to large spaces that could effectively house multiple networks of proximity services using Beacons and a wide-variety of Apps, the best approach may be a Hybrid Beacon Network.
Beacons or iBeacons are effectively a low energy Bluetooth 4 transmitter; many draw analogous references to a lighthouse when describing the action of a Beacon. Although Beacons are becoming smarter with increased features and functionality, one feature of the standard Apple iBeacon protocol is the constant transmission of its UUID, major and minor values.
This is both a benefit and a potential curse! Any App programmed with a Beacons UUID, major and minor value can be triggered by that Beacon. With potentially billions of possible combinations of UUID and major and minor values, this shouldnt be a problem, other than if you program your App to incorporate some known Beacon UUIDs your App can be triggered by those Beacons.
There are many public spaces where it makes common sense to roll out one Beacon Network infrastructure and have multiple Apps use the Beacons signal to interact with each App in different ways.
Imagine the case of an airport when the terminal space is normally owned by the Airport Operator and the airlines lease the terminal space to operate their business. One Beacon Network owned, operated and managed by the Airport Operator could be implemented in the common areas with all parties benefiting.
Therefore with only a couple of Beacons above the securing entrance, the Airlines can trigger passengers boarding passes stored electronically on their phones, the security company can monitor queue length and dwell times for operating effectiveness and the Airport Operator can count the number of passengers and visitors.
Shopping Centres are similar, usually the Mall operator wishes to control the common use spaces and the Tenants want control over what happens in their tenancies. Imagine the chaos and the extremely poor customer experience if the Centre and each of the Tenants was doing their own implementation of Beacons, the poor customer would receive so many messages; all Apps would probably be deleted by the Consumer after the first visit.
To deal with these scenarios iProximity has implemented three networks within its cloud based management system known as the iPX.
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