Location Services with Aruba Bluetooth Beacons

  • Aruba Beacons leverage Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE) technology to power indoor location and wayfinding, and proximity-aware push notifications at enterprises, stadiums, hospitals and other public venues. The ability to customize the placement of beacons ensures a highly engaged customer experience.

    These small, low-power wireless transmitters broadcast radio signals at regular intervals that can be heard and interpreted by iOS and Android devices equipped with Meridian-powered mobile apps from Aruba and our Meridian Engage app development partners. Aruba APs with built-in Aruba Beacons allow you to remotely manage our 4-year battery-powered standalone Beacons.

    Not currently running an Aruba wireless network? No problem. The Aruba Mobile Engagement solution works on non-Aruba networks.

    • Protect the privacy of your guests

      Aruba Beacons do not require smartphones to connect or pair with them and do not collect mobile device identity.

    • Precise indoor location data

      BLE technology offers the most accurate positioning so you can deliver a rich, relevant mobile engagement experience.

    • Quickly deploy hundreds of beacons

      The Aruba Beacons mobile app lets you install beacons, place them on a digital map and configure accuracy on the fly.

    Related Information

    • Key features
      • Broadcast data packets based on Bluetooth LE® (4.0)
      • Compatible with all Bluetooth 4.0 (BLE) devices
      • Compatible with Apple iBeacon™ standard
      • Configurable parameters
        • Device name
        • Transmission power level for proximity beacons
      BLE data packets
      • Every Aruba Beacon ID is 20 bytes long and contains three values:
        • ProximityUUID: Universally Unique Identifier shared among related beacons
        • Major number: 16-bit integer value
        • Minor number: 16-bit integer value
      • Aruba Beacon signals can be read from as far away as 200 feet, and proximity can be detected down to a few inches away.
      • Maximum signal range depends on the physical environment.
      • Aruba Beacons operate on the same type of radio waves as 2.4-GHz Wi-Fi routers. As a result, the signal can be diffracted, interfered or absorbed by materials in the space such as metal, wood or water.
      Aruba Beacons app for management Supported OS
      • iOS 7 or newer
      Supported devices
      • iPhone 4S or newer
      • iPod touch, fifth generation
      • iPad, third generation or newer
      • iPad mini and iPad mini with retina display
      Delivery Options for Battery-Powered Beacons
      • Power
        • Two 4-year coin-cell batteries within the Beacon
        • Average power consumption: 0.22 mW (estimated)
        • Battery capacity 1,000 mAh/each: Total capacity of 2,000 mAh
        • Battery voltage: 3 volts
      • Mounting
        • Included with Aruba Beacons:
          • High-strength indoor/outdoor 3M adhesive for direct mounting to wall
        • Optional:
          • IP67 rated outdoor case with magnetic brackets for mounting on steel beam
          • Bracket for mounting on non-metal wall via two-screw holds
    • Aruba USB Beacons
      • Power
        • Charges from an Aruba access point USB port or any powered USB slot on TVs, computers, wall plugs and other devices.
      • Deployment/hardware options
        • These beacons install into existing Aruba access points via USB ports for data connectivity.
      • New smartphones and tablets with a dual-mode Bluetooth 4.0 chip running the latest version of the Android OS are Bluetooth Smart Ready.
      • Android-powered Bluetooth Smart Ready devices running the latest OS will be compatible with virtually any Bluetooth enabled product, including Aruba Beacons.
        • iOS 7 or later on the following compatible devices:
          • iPhone (fourth generation or later)
          • iPad (third generation or later)
          • iPad mini
          • iPod touch (fifth generation or later)
      BLE must be turned on to work on any BLE-enabled device.
      • Compliant with BLE standard based on BT version 4.0
      • GFSK modulation @ 2.4-GHz ISM band
      • Support adaptive frequency hopping (FH)
        • 3 2-MHz advertisement channels (channels 37, 38, 39) 2,402 MHz, 2,426 MHz, 2,480 MHz
        • x37 2-MHz data channels (channels 0 to 36, from 2,404 MHz to 2,478 MHz)
      • TX power: 0 dBm max
      • RX sensitivity: -94 dBm
      • Dimensions
        • 47 mm (W) x 47 mm (L) x 16 mm (H), 1.8 “ (W) x 1.8” (L) x .63” (H)
        • 37.5 g/1.3 oz

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