You probably know about Kontakt.io's big product reveal last week with four new products that will soon form the foundation of proximity solutions everywhere. As soon as we started telling the world about the Beacon Pro, Card Beacon, Gateway and Location Engine on our live-stream presentation, excited questions about them filled our social media pages. It was great to see such a huge response and we’ve put together some of the most important and commonly asked questions and their answers to make it easy to learn more about this huge step forward in the industrial applications of beacon technology.
On the ‘Location’ tab on your Panel, choose or create a venue and assign a Gateway to it. You will be prompted to upload a map or floor plan and then set the scale. After that, just drag the appropriate device to the point that represents the physical location of the Gateway.
At the room level, one Gateway per room is sufficient. For future trilateration applications, four Gateways will be needed.
Gateway collects data in real time rather than at intervals.
Currently, there are two - Beacon Detected for when beacons enter into range and Beacon Lost for when they exit - but others may be added soon.
No, we do not currently offer RFID capabilities through Gateway.
No, Gateway does not have any configuration capabilities.
The Beacon Pro’s battery life at a default setting of a 350 MS interval and 24-hour usage is 60 months. This can be extended through the use of its USB capabilities and using the sensor-based power saving mode.
No, they cannot. However, an on-off switch and a motion sensor make it possible to extend the battery life by powering down when not in use.
Information about remaining battery life, dwell time, location as well as the number and IDs of any Kontakt.io beacons within its range.
Yes, until the end of this year.
Card Beacons will offer entirely new and unique customization options. With a minimum order of 24 pieces, you can customize one entire side of the Card Beacon with company logos, employee pictures or just about anything you want. You send us the graphics and we send you great looking, super-cool customized passports to the IoT!
Beacon Pro will also be customizable, with options for the colored band on the edge of the device.
Yes, Card Beacons have a motion sensor. When it detects that the card has not moved in 60 seconds, it reduces power consumption and extends battery life.
The Card Beacon has an on-off switch, which makes it impossible for it to be truly splash-proof. However, the card will function properly after exposure to “normal” wet environmental conditions like rain.
No. It will be updated via Bluetooth in the same way you update your beacons.
We hope this helps to answer some of the questions that popped up right after we pulled back the curtain on our new generation proximity tools. This is far from a complete list of the questions we’ve received so far and we will provide more answers on other aspects of the new product launch as they become available.
Keep an eye here on the blog, leave your questions in the comments below or feel free to contact our Customer Support at any time to learn more about these exciting new additions to the Kontakt.io lineup!
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You keep asking us questions about the new beacon format and our platform’s support, so we gathered many of the common questions and answered them. We’ve grouped them all together below for you.
Last week we hosted a webinar on beacon security, possible threats, and how to protect your beacon infrastructure. During the Q&A session after the webinar, we received a lot of great questions. We’re answering them all here for your convenience. If you didn’t watch the webinar live you can still watch the recording where our head of marketing & head of software provide you with a thorough explanation of Kontakt.io Secure and how it keeps your beacons safe.
If you have any questions that we didn’t already answer, leave them for us in the comments below!
UPDATED: 15 October 2015