Proximity and beacon
The distance between two objects is a vital trigger for a growing range of services and applications. Proximity tags mean we are less likely to lose our keys or other objects. Meanwhile “beacons” open up a wealth of value-added services for businesses: from “indoor GPS” to location-based information and advertising. This emerging beacon market is currently lead by three major ecosystems – Apple’s iBeacon, Google’s Eddystone and the open-source AltBeacon.
No more mazes or meanderings
Consumer and retail markets are at the forefront of emerging beacon applications. We are already seeing interactive displays in shops and public amenities that show additional information, activities or services as you approach. Supermarket shelving can trigger reminders on your phone if you pass an item on your shopping list. These same beacons can extend to indoor navigation systems in large buildings, helping you plan a route through complexes such as shopping malls, hospitals or libraries.
Thanks to the established crowd-sourced GPS infrastructure, proximity tags have become a practical way of keeping track of our property. Out of range signals including visual and audible find-me alerts enable us to locate devices before they go missing.
Our proximity & beacon solutions
Supporting all leading proximity and beacon technologies, our SmartBond™ SoCs enable the small system sizes necessary for beacons, tags and tokens. They are also the lowest-power Bluetooth® low energy solutions on the market, enabling exceptional location accuracy and very long battery lifetimes. Highly integrated, they require very few external components – just five for our DA14580 – minimizing your bill of materials. The DA14583 extends flexibility even further with integrated Flash, allowing products to be updated by over-the-air upgrades in the field.
Giving designers freedom to increase battery lifetimes, create smaller form factors than ever before, and reduce system cost.
Our SmartBond™ products are supported by development kits and our SmartSnippets™ Bluetooth software platform to help you while you easily develop and add your own custom profiles as needed.