Can iBeacon install or prompt to install an app? #iBeaconWebinar

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Can iBeacon prompt the users device to install an app, as in if you were to walk into my office? Can iBeacon prompt an install of my companies app? #iBeaconWebinar
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William

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Andrew Snyder

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This is a chicken and egg problem. I'd think your phone couldn't "hear" the message, so you couldn't prompt.  #anyoneElse?
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Kevin Cooper

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I believe the original question assumes that the iBeacon app itself is already installed on the end user devices.  So can an iPad, for example, with the iBeacon software already present be prompted to install an app once in range of the beacon?  #iBeaconWebinar
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Andrew Snyder

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The delivered notification can be a URL, which can certainly be to an app, just like any other app you get prompted to install in iOS:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/angry-birds/id343200656?mt=8
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But you have to already have an APP on the device to get the iBeacon alert.  You can use it to install another app or respond to a apple passport item, but the user has to already have installed these prior to getting the alert.  So even though the notification could have a url, you have to have an app to deliver the initial notification.  
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Mike Vartanian

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I also heard that one can use Passbook with beacons to drive a URL so a dedicated beacon may not be required....? Check out www.passjoy.com... #iBeaconWebinar
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Another Passbook-enabled service is passforce.com, which makes an appearance in the iBeacon book.  I've been doing a demo where a QR code gets scanned from Passbook, installs a pass, and then the pass appears on the lock screen when it is within range of the iBeacon embedded in the pass.
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The even bigger issue - IMHO - is what if they have their blue tooth is turned off. If you can invcentivize a person to install an app - I think the app can turn on bluetooth? But not sure #iBeaconWebinar  
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I believe with bluebooth powered off, the iBeacon could not trigger any response at all from the end user device as it wouldn't see the iBeacon.  So I don't see how any app could or would be able to power on bluetooth in this case.  #iBeaconWebinar
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Andrew Snyder

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If bluetooth is off, the app on launch can check and tell them to, but can't do it for them. User is in control, always.
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Matthew Gast

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The need to install the app first is the linchpin of the privacy framework for iBeacon.  You can prompt users to install an app with a sign in your building, but they still need to take that step of installing an app.

A sign with a bar code pointing at a download page seems like a good start -- but you still need to get users to install the app with a promise of some reward (discounts, loyalty points, guest Wi-Fi access...).