iBeacon and Apple #iBeaconWebinar

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What is Apple's relationship to the iBeacon device? I see a multitude of forums relating Apple to the iBeacon device in a very much proprietary manner. Is this the case? #iBeaconWebinar
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josh scott

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John Gill

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I think if this is a Apple only thing I would not use it because of the fact that you kill off %50 of your end users. 
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josh scott

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Plus I don't like to confine my possible clientele though use of only iOS devices
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Matthew Gast

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Every technology has to start somewhere.  Most mobile apps begin on either Android or iOS, and once successful, move to the other.
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Josh,

Apple defined the iBeacon specification and licenses the technology to 3rd parties like Radius Networks. Although iBeacon is for iOS devices, Radius Networks has implemented additional advertising that enabled beacon services to be available for other platforms at the same time, with the same beacon.

Radius Networks RadBeacon USB beacons, the beacons that will be used with Aerohive APs, are multi-beacons. As a multi-beacon, the RadBeacon USB will provide simultaneous support for iOS and non-iOS mobile devices.

Check out AltBeacon.org to learn more.

David Helms
CPO Radius Networks
www.radiusnetworks.com
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josh scott

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What is the likely hood of Apple pulling the plug and in the event apple does, would it vastly effect users who are not utilizing the iOS platform? In otherwords, the hardware levied to support android and other platforms, is it propietary in any way to Apple? Do they hold the patents and such. Is it possible, regardless of likelihood, that apple could revoke use and make it an iOS only device? Would hate to deploy then specification and and capabilities change thereafter.
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Matthew Gast

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Even if Apple were to "pull the plug," the basic idea of Bluetooth Low Energy beacons that broadcast information tied to things in the physical world wouldn't change.  The hardware is all Bluetooth, and non-proprietary.  It would be pretty easy for all of us to switch over to a new beacon format, like Radius's AltBeacon.
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Josh,

This is one of the reasons that we have championed alternative, companion advertising formats. In the end, it assures that regardless of which way Apple takes the iBeacon specification, beacons will remain a viable solution (and if you are using Radius Networks beacons, you already have deployed the solution). It is why we introduced AltBeacon as an open specification with a Creative Commons share-alike license and have been working with other beacon vendors to implement as well.

David Helms
CPO Radius Networks
www.radiusnetworks.com
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josh scott

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I am highly impressed. I look forward to testing the devices a bit and finding ways to utilize the technology to benefit my clients. Lots of potential here! #IBeaconWebinar
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David,

Can you explain that last part:  "Radius Networks RadBeacon USB beacons, the beacons that will be used with Aerohive APs"?  I just wrote another post in another thread, then saw this.  Is this a "if you'd like to do this, here's something you can do with our RadBeacons" kind of thing, or are you saying that Aerohive intends to include your RadBeacons with their APs?  Sorry if this was covered in the webinar.  I remember hearing the quote above, but don't recall the context around it.
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Frank,

In our partnership with Aerohive we are examining lots of compelling go to market strategies for combining our technologies. I want to make sure I don't overdrive my headlights though, I should be careful not to speak for Aerohive. So if you will bear with me, I'll defer to Matt and the Aerohive team to disclose their product plans at their own discretion.