iBeacon, it's just a start but maybe will die soon? Does it scale? #iBeaconWebinar

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Johny Travolta

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1. iBeacons uses the same overcrowded 2.4 GHz band. Is there more spectrum for iBeacons? If iBeacons are everywhere , will it work? Does it scale this way?
2. Imagine iBeacons everywhere. I have an app. I go to the store and the spam comes to my phone! I see a problem here with end-user experience.
3. Is there any kind of security? Encryption/Authentication for iBeacons?  I can see that there will be some products coming with this marketing : "we sell high gain antenna  iBeacons!" ;)
What about customer hijacking here?
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Johny,

1.  iBeacons are built on Bluetooth Low Energy, and therefore, they use 2 MHz channels.  Wi-Fi uses 22 MHz channels.  BLE has a much smaller data payload than Wi-Fi, which is one of the reasons that iBeacons are used only as a triggering mechanism.

2.  To interact with an iBeacon, you need an app.  That means that before you can get notifications, you must install an app and give it access to location services.  If an app is giving you notifications that you don't want, you can always uninstall it.

3.  Security is not built into the iBeacon protocol.  Any app you build should provide security through some other means.  For example, a payment app might be triggered by an iBeacon, but would still use TLS to secure monetary transactions.