Eddystone FAQs: Everything you need to know

  • http://goo.gl/VCVY Sean Turvey

    With the Eddystone url what is to stop someone setting up a page with malware on it and linking beacons to it? This could effectively become location based malware. I can picture hiding beacons at the entrances to a sports venue, when people walk in they click the link thinking it’s legit only to get a virus.

    • http://www.mediawyse.com/ Casey Markee, MBA

      That’s a fantastic question Sean. If you end up finding an answer please do me the courtesy of letting me now. Reach me via Twitter @MediaWyse or drop me an email to caseymarkee at gmail dot com. Much thanks.

      • Neha Mallik

        I understand your concerns. From what I have read, Google has created a system, called ‘Ephemeral Identifiers (EIDs)’ that allows beacons to broadcast a signal that is only identifiable to ‘authorized clients’. These Ephemeral Identifiers (EIDs) integrated with the platform change constantly, for example, to keep the beacons guarded against hackers trying to inject malware into the network.

    • http://www.faceliftmarketing.ca David Hurdon

      .@scottjenson from #Google describes a proxy that links to available URLs vs direct to device. Might that help?

      • Neha Mallik

        Thanks for sharing this David. Very useful!

        • http://www.faceliftmarketing.ca David Hurdon

          I’m glad it was helpful, Neha. Perhaps you could help me with something else. Sensoro, from whom I bought two beacons identical to those in your Starter Kit (which I also bought) suggest that their ibeacons may be switched to Eddystone using a tool from their download page. Your support people told me I’d need to return the kit beacons to NYC to have this done. I would hope that Sensoro knows what to do with their own hardware,
          but I can’t find a specific direction as to how to make the switch. Do you have anything to offer on the subject?

          • Neha Mallik

            Hi David, as per Sensoro’ website: http://www.sensoro.com/en/eddystone

            “Since firmware updates needs professional knowledge, we do not provide download links, please contact us for specialized Updater APP.

            We are now providing update app for Smart Beacon 4AA and Smart Beacon USB, you can update them right away. Since Sensoro group need more preparation for the final version of Yunzi(The luxury version of Smart Beacon), that with more functions like light sense, auto hiberate, ect., the firmware will be release in the near future.”

            You will need to get in touch with them to resolve this.

  • Neha Mallik

    I understand your concerns Sean. From what I have read, Google has created a system, called ‘Ephemeral Identifiers (EIDs)’ that allows beacons to broadcast a signal that is only identifiable to ‘authorized clients’. These Ephemeral Identifiers (EIDs) integrated with the platform change constantly, for example, to keep the beacons guarded against hackers trying to inject malware into the network.

  • Kunal Jaggi

    Nice article. Per my understanding, the cloud back-office provided by beaconstac is platform independent, it should work both on Android and iDevices. I read a PDF guide that described how to create cards, add rules and set actions. I believe these steps that are used to create campaigns are common for Android and iDevices.

    Android question- can you create multiple Activities in the cloud back-office and connect them via implicit intents?

    Kunal

  • kartik

    Can eddystone broadcast all 3 packets at the same time, URL, TLM, UID?

  • Faizan Ali Khan

    Where can I learn more about the cms platform. Is there a way to try the platform before ordering. Also, can I implement the platform to my app ?

  • David

    ”The only way Eddystone can work with a device that does not have a compatible app installed, is to transmit using the URL packet. This also means, that currently there is only the ‘Physical Web’ browser in Android that is capable of receiving this” & ”Currently, the Chrome browser available for iOS supports Eddystone-URLs, once you enable the ‘Today’ notification in your iOS device.”
    After reading this, and than this:
    ”Can Eddystone-URLs be translated by non-Chrome browsers? Yes, they can. The Beaconstac SDK that’s due to be released in a few days, will be able to read that packet.”
    I’m confused. So, my question is: today 17th March 2016 is it possible to translate and read Eddystone URL packets with other browser besides Chrome or Physical Web?

  • Jac Katianova

    Hi, Neha, a couple months ago, one of your commenters below, David, asked a question “Is it possible to translate and read Eddystone URL packets with other browser besides Chrome or Physical Web?” I have the same question and didn’t see an answer.

    Also, I understand that right now every phone requires the download of an Eddystone scanner of some sort (https://www.phy.net/physical-web-browsers/ –in other words, an app of some sort), on top of the Chrome browser, and that even if someone has such an app installed, Google chooses which notifications are pushed, that only notifications from advertisers that align with a user’s search history would be pushed. So it would only be good to reach consumers who have already done their research and are looking for something in particular – not as a way to introduce an offering to a customer, correct? And if that’s a fact, how much does Google filter out? Would they filter out all advertisers except ones the user has searched for, or would they just filter out classes of advertiser if the user hasn’t searched for them already in Google?