It’s true that iBeacon may help you find a restaurant or store, but that’s not all it can do. iBeacon technology makes a lot of sense for consumer/retail applications and it also applies to the industrial realm. TI announced that it would support iBeacon technology across its entire Bluetooth low energy (BLE) portfolio and SimpleLink SensorTag location app and broadcaster reference design. Here’s why you should care:
By using iBeacon technology, you can design a new level of micro-location awareness to products, in effect creating your own indoor positioning system easily. Existing SensorTags can also be uploaded through an over-the-air upgrade that’s compatible with iBeacon.
TI BLE Smart-enabled products supported by iBeacon include:
- SimpleLink Bluetooth low energy CC2541 and CC2543 wireless MCUs are supported through TI’s BLE-Stack.
- SimpleLink Bluetooth dual mode CC2564 and WiLink 8 combo connectivity solutions are supported by Stonestreet One’s Bluetopia stack.
- WiLink 8Q and BL6450Q solutions for automotive applications are supported by Cybercom blueGO together with OpenSynergy Blue SDK stack.
To make it easier, there’s also a coin cell-sized, low cost, and low-power broadcaster reference design for fast volume production of devices with iBeacon technology based on the SimpleLink CC2543. The SensorTag reference design is FCC-certified and is compatible with iBeacon technology.
Getting your hands on the SimpleLink SensorTag is pretty quick through the TI eStore and TI distributors for $25. For SensorTag upgrade compatibility with iBeacon technology, see the SensorTag App.