Why the World Needs an Open-Source Beacon Registry
by Raghu B on May 19, 2015
Businesses and consumers around the world are quickly adopting beacon technology as an important aspect of the Internet of Things (IoT). With this fast-growing adoption, an open-source beacon registry is imperative to advance the functionality of beacons within the IoT landscape. Although beacons use the same Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) signal to transmit to other devices, the manner in which this information is accepted and displayed to the user varies across the many implementations. Proprietary solutions exist for those willing to pay or even develop their own methods. There is no standard content delivery system, just disarray. Currently, beacons are difficult to find, as users can only encounter them when they are in physical range of the beacon’s BLE signal. After users encounter a beacon they cannot access the beacon’s content again without being in physical proximity of the device. This limitation impacts both businesses and consumers who could benefit from the ability to access a beacon’s content from anywhere and at any time. There is currently no universal beacon registrar. Beacons come in different shapes and sizes but the technology and purpose are the same. Having a registrar available allows for the establishment of a content delivery standard. Additionally, easy archival of individual beacon information and search would be possible. Users can search for and quickly find a beacon, then access the public content of that or any beacon in the registry. NetObjex provides the world’s first free, agnostic open-source beacon registry and ecosystem. This new system institutes a protocol for beacon content delivery. Free registration levels the playing field and allows anyone to make beacons accessible to the general public. NetObjex’s beacon registrar solves a significant problem in the IoT market. By connecting the physical world to the virtual world, beacons can go beyond a single-point of access and become easily accessible to any user, thereby expanding the functionality of IoT. The NetObjex registrar and smart browser app set the standard for beacon content delivery. The system was modeled after the basic structure of requesting a webpage on the Internet. The registrar acts as both the DNS and webserver for beacons, serving the content of requested beacons. NetObjex’s free smart browser app then displays this deliverable content as requested on a user’s smart device. In addition, a beacon’s content is easily shared through the smart browser app. The registrar also acts as a free “GoDaddy” of beacons. Any beacon can be registered and assigned its own name and virtual space within IoT. Many more applications exist for beacon technology with the advent of a universal beacon registrar.
Beacon registrar infrastructure is vital to providing for the ubiquity of beacon technology and IoT. Beacon managers can greatly benefit from entering their devices into a searchable catalog of beacons whose content can be readily accessed per a standard and shared by anyone at any time and from any location. Users can take their beacons even further by using NetObjex’s deliverable content management system and analytics within the NetObjex administration panel.