Eddystone Beacons

Eddystone is a new alternative to Bluetooth Low Energy Beacons. Launched by Google, Eddystone builds on what Apple has already achieved with iBeacon so far. Its open source status lets everyone participate in its development and improvements. Eddystone will continue to revolutionise the Internet of Things (IoT), giving developers even more opportunities of growth and integration. 

WHAT EXACTLY IS EDDYSTONE?

Eddystone works with the same concept as Apple's iBeacon, sending notifications using a BLE 4.0 transmitter. However, Google has added more features to the new standard, such as telemetry. This should help developers and network administrators gain a better understanding about the battery level of the Beacons or if they have gone offline for some reason. Eddystone also incorporates a URL feature whereby a compressed URL can be sent to a device thus allowing for a more open approach. In the future it is also expected to be able to give a reading on temperature, humidity and even sunlight.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN EDDYSTONE AND IBEACON?

IBEACON

  • 1 Identifier (UUID - Containing UUID String, Major and Minor values).
  • Limited Telemetry.
  • iBeacon integration into Apps.
  • Only works with a few devices.
  • Native to iOS.
  • Many support forums and wider understanding.

EDDYSTONE

  • 3 Identifiers (URL, TLM, UID). 
  • App integration not necessary.
  • Telemetry available depending on beacon used. 
  • Cross Platform.
  • Native to Android. 
  • Open-source always being improved.
  • Can contain website URL.

WHY SHOULD I ADOPT EDDYSTONE?

With Eddystone you will see a whole new level of development and improvements, especially due to it open source status. The addition of new features like the URL identifier will make it even more accessible to everyone due to its simplicity.

HOW DO I FIND OUT MORE?

To find out more about Eddystone click here.

To see the Eddystone GitHub click here.