Can the iBeacon heart beat be changed from milli seconds to seconds to save powe. #iBeaconWebinar

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Patrick Montjoie

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Mike Vartanian

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In general, the advertising rate for bluetooth beacons can be changed to conserve power but changing from the rate mandated in the iBeacon specification will break spec... #iBeaconWebinar
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Building on Mike's statement above, it really is necessary for the beacon to be transmitting at the minimumiBeacon-spec'd rate for you to get beacon detections on mobile devices.

Sadly, may beacon vendors quote battery life specs using reduced advertising rates without making it clear what the operational impact of those settings will be.

If you are in the market for beacons, you should make sure you find out how those products operate when configured in accordance with the iBeacon specifications.

David Helms
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No - the iBeacon specification mandates a 100ms advertising time.  Mobile devices assume that they should see 10 beacons per second, and if they see fewer, it is an indication that they're in a fading range of coverage.  Could it happen in the future?  Maybe...