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Smart Lighting – Powered with no touch!

What if we told you, you could be a miles away from your home or office and you could power your lights with just a touch? And what if you wanted you wanted the lights and other appliances to be turned on or off when you walked in or out of the room?

At Dex Consulting, we are forever giving you the power to manage your resources using minimalistic efforts, which is why we extended the beacon technology and connected it with the lighting system of your office or your personal abode.

We have now combined iBeacon which is nothing, but a device which communicates with your Phone through a technology called Bluetooth Low Energy. Read more

Untapped potential of iBeacons

iBeacon is a new technology introduced by Apple Inc. and they call it “a new class of low-powered, low-cost transmitters that can notify nearby iOS 7 devices of their presence.” It arrived in iOS7 which means it works with iPhone 4s onwards, iPad third generation onwards, iPad mini and iPod touch fifth generation and later. It was only introduced midyear of 2013 and was commercially available last December 2013.

More stores and establishments such as malls, restaurants, retail stores, among others are adding are iBeacons into their system. This alert nearby customers of their promos and sales, and also makes payment of goods and services a breeze. Almost all technological innovations are for payment and availing of goods and services, iBeacon is not an exception. What if iBeacon could help raise the standards and quality of education not just in the US but all over the globe? What are the ways on how iBeacon can help raise the bar in education?

One way of incorporating iBeacon into education is through the classroom. Through iBeacon the teacher will be able to identify the number of students attending his/her classes and will be able to tell who is absent.

The major downside of this system is that all students and teachers each need an Apple product with iBeacon installed for this scenario to be successful. This system is difficult for some countries to adapt as not all students and teachers can afford an Apple product which is very expensive compared to some phones. But if the Apple Inc. really wants to make an impact with its iBeacon technology, then developing it for the greater good of education would be the best.

However, the drawback of iBeacon in education sector has put a light in a new direction. When we say that it is quite impossible to use iBeacon and apple phone in schools, since schools will not change their ecosystem for this only thing. We can make use of the same phenomenon in corporate sector i.e our offices, factories so and so forth. Skipping the process of marking attendance through biometric ways, punch cards, online markings etc, we can move to a new and innovative way of marking attendance through iBeacons.

Once you enter in your office premises the app will automatically trace the picture and profile of the employee and will mark the attendance and not only attendance, who all joined the meetings, conferences etc. So, If not education, Why not corporate?

iBeacon in Healthcare – A Beacon of Hope

What if you could access the health records of a patient on your phone? What if you could determine the location of the patient in a hospital? What about the assigned doctor and nurses to the patient? All of this could be possible with the help of Apple Inc. newest Bluetooth technology – the iBeacon.

iBeacon is the newest Bluetooth technology introduced by Apple Inc. and works using the Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology or Bluetooth Smart. It provides location-based information and services to similar operating system or a compatible app. Hospitals with iBeacon can greatly raise quality service and provide valuable information to its customers specifically the families and patients.

With iBeacon, hospitals can dissipate information quickly and efficiently and all visiting customers will be able to track the location and room number of the patient they/re looking for. Customers will also be able to pinpoint the exact location of its facilities and other services. Promos, price rate, story, mission and vision of the hospital can also be provided to its customers with the help of iBeacon.

Accessing health records of patients is also a nice addition to the services a hospital can provide. Although security measures must be maintain to ensure all health records are only for confidential uses and will not be leaked outside. Medicine transcription and dosage can also be provided alongside the health records of patients to their customers. Most importantly, customers can keep track of the bills of the patient and can also settle payments.

iBeacon has been commercially been used for retail stores, and since then many establishments have been doing the same thing. It would be a huge step forward if hospitals would be able to utilize iBeacon to its full potential.

iBeacons – A changing face of retail

A week before we have talked about the iBeacon technology and have unfolded many questions about it. Earlier, while much of the focus was on what are iBeacons? How does it work etc etc, Today, we will explore the other side of it which we think you will love. We all love shopping; so what if you receive valuable information about an on going sale, any offer, information about what you are looking for and that to just when you enter a store, Isn’t it amazing and helpful, You don’t have to look and search for offers, coupons, or you no longer have to find your way for any specific store or mall, because now iBeacon will do all this for you.

Lets have a look that how this small coin sized and low cost device has made all the retailers to focus on itself;

  • Promotions: In the right place and at the right time retailers can send customized notifications about different offers, coupons or personalized loyalty programs based on the location, time and purchase history of the shoppers.
  • Monitoring: Retailers can monitor your shopping behaviour and can send information prior to purchase. They can do so by tracking down your visits, your path ways, where you stay longer, how long you stay infront of specific display etc. Then the system can provide information like reviews about the product, other style and colour and other relevant information. Wow, I believe this will make shopping so easy and stressless.
  • Navigation: Finding your way around a shopping mall can be a challenge for you, If it is, then you don’t have to worry since iBeacon can be of much help, you can track down your way through map.

Since we have been talking about the tracking thing, some of you may feel that these notifications are obtrusive and create a feeling of being spied. In such a case you don’t have to fret since it is a one way process. iBeacons can send signals but can not receive any information. Moreover, receiving these information is something which can not happen without your wish. For that you have to download this app, have to turn your bluetooth and location services on.

Infact some of the retailers have already started using it and customers are exploring their interest through it. Its not an another technology hype but its a change, change to your experience. We still have many sectors to unravel and evaluate the usage of iBeacons in them for that I would say – Stay tuned, we will bring it soon!!