The Beacon sensor is perfect for sending contextual information in a museum, showroom or store. Based on a small physical box and on the Bluetooth Low Energy standard, it allows to trigger actions on an iOS or Android device when it is close, near or far from this sensor.
⚠️ Only for iOS & Android apps: These features are only available for native apps.
What is the Beacon sensor?
The Beacon sensor is a small box based on Bluetooth Low Energy technology, which allows "indoor" geolocation. This beacon emits at regular intervals a message interpreted by iOS & Android devices and allowing to define a distance. This technology allows an installation in a closed space and without internet connection with a maximum range of 70 to 450 m.
Before any use, Bluetooth must be properly activated on the device.
Set the Beacon sensor
Please note you need to buy these Beacon sensors on your own. Many models are available ( RadBeacon, Estimote, Kontakt.io), but make sure that your model is Eddystone compatible (not iBeacon).
Beacon component: it is placed at the bottom of the Objects list, because it does not exist in your project.
In the Properties window, click on
ASSOCIATE BEACON to scan for nearby beacons. Beacons are of different brands and are differentiated by unique identifiers. PandaSuite allows you to scan them automatically to fill in the authentication data! They must be located next to an iOS or Android device that has the PandaSuite Viewer app and the project in question open.
Select the beacon: the identifier is automatically recorded but you can change it manually (never know!).
Create actions based on a beacon
To trigger an action near a beacon, select the component and click on Actions.
Choose among these triggers :
- Immediate: you can customize the radius but by default it is less than 0.5 m.
- Near: you can customize the radius but by default it is between 0.5 and 2 m.
- Far: you can customize the radius but by default it is over 2 m.
- The closest
- Non compatible device
Create an interactive action!