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Best Practices for Implementing Beacons in IoT Solutions

Published: 29 October 2015

ID: G00289875

Analyst(s): Tim Zimmerman , Annette Zimmermann


Confusion about the capabilities and technical requirements of beacon technology leads to suboptimal enterprise deployments that waste both time and money. Solution architects should use this research to understand the trade-offs that are needed to make the right technology decision.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Identify the Most Appropriate Beacon Use Case to Support the Application
    • Stationary Beacons
    • Zonal (Geofencing)
    • Bread Crumbing (RTLS)
  • Configure Five Beacon Parameters to Ensure Proper Deployment
    • Beacon Interval
    • Beacon Battery Life
    • Radio Transmit Power
    • Radio Frequency and Protocols of Beacons
    • Importance of Physical Security Over Data Security
  • Optimize Solutions to Balance the Application's Requirements Against Use, Technology and Environmental Concerns

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