Will Aerohive support creating an iBeacon in an AP on the fly? #iBeaconWebinar

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Possibly having an external alert (like a Fire Alarm) trigger AeroHive iBeacon to lead someone to safety? #iBeaconWebinar
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Rob Tippenhauer

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Shaun Neal

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The iBeacon is a physical device with its own radio so you can't dynamically create an iBeacon, it is either there or it isn't.  You could use iBeacons to provide proximity location to a Wayfinding app and depending on how your application is written you may be able to interface with it in real time to indicate an emergency and prompt a Wayfinding application to give you exit directions while using iBeacon to provide current proximity. #iBeaconWebinar
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Exactly!  The iBeacons would have to be in place to guide the user to safety, so what you'd be doing is pushing a notification of an emergency to the user, and then the app would use that emergency status to look for the iBeacon trail out of the building.  In most use cases, you always want the iBeacons to be around, and the question for the app is whether they get used.
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Joel V

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We currently work with the Radius Networks' RadBeacon device.  iBeacon (and its many proximity applications) are in our plans and we're investigating how to extend support for the technology.  Additionally, our Cloud Service Platform has APIs which we are working with application partner ecosystem that can provide more indepth iBeacon capabilities.

Hardware-wise (to try to bottom line that) - we've made the initial integration with Radius Networks and we'll have more over time as we're very excited about the prospects that iBeacon technology represents!  But no firm plans right now that we can commit to... 
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Rob Tippenhauer

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I assumed from the Webinar that the APs could be configured to broadcast as an iBeacon as well, I'm assuming that is not the case.
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Matthew Gast

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You need a Bluetooth LE chip to act as an iBeacon.  That's one of the reasons we had to partner with Radius Networks -- the RadBeacon supplies that Bluetooth hardware.
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Let me see if I get this right:

I could attache USB RadBeacon to an Aerohive AP, which simply powers the Beacon via USB port.

Then, in case of AP failure, my monitoring software could push an alert, and I use an application to FIND the AP in question. Assuming that it still provides power to the beacon, that is :-)

Does that sound right?