How beacons work

Beacons are small devices that transmit a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE or Bluetooth Smart) signal and can be attached to fixed objects like walls and exhibits or to moving objects like roaming customer service staff.

A visitor’s smartphone searches for the beacon’s signal in the background. Once a signal is identified, an action on the visitor’s device is triggered – whether it be receiving a welcome message or coupon, pin-pointing their location on a map of the building, or information about a painting on the wall.

Beacons are very energy efficient, running on a single cell battery which can last up to two years. Unlike earlier versions of Bluetooth, Bluetooth Low Energy does not drain the battery of mobile devices.

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