BlueBeacon Board is a general-purpose Bluetooth Low Energy proximity-beacon board. With second-generation firmware version, it simultaneously supports multiple
technologies: iBeacon, Eddystone (full support, with GATT and EID), Quuppa.
BlueBeacon Board is designed for industrial and automation applications and is provided either as a single board or in an IP65-boxed version.
Single-board version is suited for integration in electronic systems and is available in two alternative antenna options:
with integrated PCB antenna (default) or with UFL connector for external antenna (optional).
IP65-boxed version has two alternative power options: long-life lithium thionyl-chloride battery or external DC voltage.
Two antenna options
Can be provided with either integrated antenna or UFL connector for external antenna
Wide supply-voltage range, compatible with automation and industrial applications
Designed for fast integration in existing electronic systems, to enable BLE functionalities
Can be programmed in Central mode, for implementing low-cost beacon receiver.
8 slots configurable for non-connectable advertising frames:
- 4 slots, each configurable for Eddystone frame types: UID, URL, TLM or EID.
Full support for specifications Eddystone Configuration GATT Service by Google
- 4 slots, each configurable for the following frame types: iBeacon, Quuppa
Advertising interval (independently configurable for each slot): 0.1 to 5 secs
TX power (independently configurable for each slot): -40 dBm, -30 dBm, -20dBm to 4 dBm (with 4dB steps).
Additional configuration options: non-connectable mode, anonymous mode, programmable time period, locked/unlocked mode, change password
Configurable with BlueBeacon Manager App for Android and
Slot 1: Eddystone-URL (URL = https://www.blueupbeacons.com, ADV interval = 1000 msec, TX power = -8dBm)
Slot 2, 3, 4: not configured
Slot 5: iBeacon (UUID = ACFD065E-C3C0-11E3-9BBE-1A514932AC01, major = 0, minor = S/N, ADV interval = 400 msec, TX power = -8dBm)
Slot 6, 7, 8: not configured
Global configuration: connectable, locked
Version: 4.0 Bluetooth Smart (Bluetooth Low Energy)
Frequency: 2.402 to 2.480 GHz
Module: Nordic SoC nRF51822 (MCU and transceiver)
Antenna: printed meandered planar F-antenna (default); UFL connector for external antenna (optional)
Power supply: lithium thionyl-chloride battery (3.6V) or external DC power supply (2.7 - 30V DC)
Power current: <10 mA (peak), <0.25 mA (average, depending on settings)
Power connector: 2-pole connector header (only for versions with external DC power supply)
Battery model: SAFT LS17500 (3600 mAh typ. capacity at 25°C) or SAFT LS26500 (7700 mAh typ. capacity at 25°C, optional)
Battery expected life: 2 to 19 years, 24/7 at ambient temperature (SAFT LS17500, depending on configuration); 6 years with default settings (SAFT LS17500)
Expansion: 2x5 2.54mm header with 8 configurable GPIOs (only for single-board versions)
Mechanical and environmental specifications
Aspect: single-board PCB or polycarbonate plastic enclosure
Size: 37 x 40 mm (single-board) or 115 x 65 x 40 mm (enclosure)
Fastening: 4x holes for M3 screws (single-board) or plastic flanges (enclosure)
Protection: none (single-board) or IP65/NEMA4 (enclosure)
Operating temperature: -30°C to +70°C
iBeacon technology creates a small area of detection for Bluetooth 4.0 enabled mobile devices. BlueBeacon devices uses iBeacon licensed technology, and have been certified by BlueUp to meet
Apple Proximity Beacon Specifications
Eddystone is a protocol specification that defines BLE formats for proximity beacon advertising, with different frame types that may be used
individually or in combinations. BlueBeacon Mini is certified from Google for full support for Eddystone specifications.
Nearby Notifications helps users to discover what's around them, by surfacing location-specific notifications for apps and websites, with no prior app install required.
Nearby Notifications is supported on Android and works with all types of Eddystone beacon, and also iBeacon.
The Physical Web is an open approach, developed by Google, to enable quick and seamless web-based interactions with physical objects and locations.
The Physical Web uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) because of its ubiquity on mobile devices, and is based on Eddystone-URL format.
BlueBeacon Board is compatible with Quuppa Intelligent Locating System, a powerful technology platform for novel location based services and applications. It enables real-time tracking of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)
smart tags and devices, with accuracy even down to a few centimeters.