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Bluetooth Smart beacon offers long range, flexibility, security

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 12:28pm

beaconMicroelectronic (Marin, Switzerland) introduced the COiN Bluetooth beacon. It can be deployed anywhere iBeacon technology is used, but which also supports wireless sensor networking and many other applications over Bluetooth Smart (Bluetooth with a Low Energy Core Configuration) wireless communications. This beacon consumes less than 20 µA average in a typical application, resulting in more than 18 months’ operation from a single CR2032 battery, which is included in the beacon. COiN also contains a built-in pushbutton switch. At the 0 dBm output power setting, EM Microelectronic’s beacons can be detected 75 meters away by an iPhone 5S, and at maximum output power, that distance extends up to 120 m. Additional features include:

  • An optimized circuit architecture, making the product immune to over-the-air attacks, according to the company.
  • A weatherproof plastic enclosure for easy deployment anywhere a beacon is required to withstand the elements.
  • Flexibility.

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