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iBeacon App Development

iBeacons make wide-range or proximity-based interactions possible. Ensure best context-based experiences become reality with iBeacon app development.

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iBeacon app development services

How do iBeacon app development services bring your business to a new level? With help from our teams’ expertise and extensive experience, you can both optimize your business and free your customers from extra hassle.

Below are examples of many possible app types:

    • Indoor positioning and navigation systems
    • Alert iBeacons apps
    • Custom iBeacon apps for asset tracking
    • Proximity-based social networking
    • Proximity beacons marketing solutions
    • Interactive tours
    • iBeacons apps for mpayments
    • Product identification software
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Two examples of successful iBeacon app development for startups.

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    InNav

    iBeacon app

    InNav is a custom-built platform for indoor navigation inside large facilities such as airports, hospitals, universities, shopping malls, etc. InNav uses data from several tracking systems. Based on this data, InNav builds the best route on the server side and sends it to a user’s device. The app guides users with the help of iBeacon devices throughout the facility. Obtaining directions via smartphone screen and voice guidance are both options. Users can also find friends nearby.

    The app contains a parental control feature that sends alerts when children leave a certain pre-determined area.

    Venue administrators have access to analytics on user activity and heat map. They can then send promotional information and alert notifications from the administration panel.

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    Our School Bus

    iBeacon app

    Our School Bus tracking app helps users minimize time spent outside waiting for their children’s school bus. Parents receive notifications from Our School Bus app with the exact time the bus is scheduled to arrive at their home, at school, and back. This ensures parents know when their children get to school and arrive back home. School buses are equipped with Bluetooth sensors that automatically scan students showing their presence in real time. They send information to the web server.

    Parents know the exact location of their children. Bus drivers get the attendance information of the children—whether they are present or absent from school. This information helps them plan their route.

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    • LAMP

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How does iBeacon app development help?

iBeacons help in many ways. You need to start iBeacon app development when one of the following is necessary to improve your business:

  • Improve visitor experience

    Deliver notifications or start playing audio description when a visitor reaches a point of interest at a certain time.

  • Create an extra promotional channel

    Trigger context-based events such as best deals and discounts. Display product description on a wide screen as soon as a customer takes an item from the shelf.

  • Receive feedback and analytics

    Collect analytics on customer interactions with advertised items. Use background information to improve customer loyalty.

  • Automate inventory maintenance

    Provide control over equipment or products inside large spaces. Ensure workers know exact location of items on the store.

  • Ensure product quality

    Use advanced iBeacon models to measure in real time an item’s parameters such as temperature and humidity to eliminate spoilage.

Industries

iBeacons benefit everyone. Check out how iBeacon app development helps you:

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    Hospitals

    Provide detailed, in-building navigation and patient auto check-in. Reduce queues by accepting contactless payments. Trigger alerts in emergency cases.

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    Shopping malls

    Engage customers by activating notifications with offers and deals. Improve customer experience by personalization. Eliminate queues via NFC payments.

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    Museums

    Create a personalized tour recommendation in any language. Offer tour plans with marked items. Start playing audio information when a visitor approaches an artifact.

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    Offices

    Let employees track their time automatically. Automate authorization to certain restricted areas. Send alert notification when employee is needed.

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    Logistics and warehousing

    Track exact location of any tangible assets (equipment, property, valuable objects) using moving BLE beacons. Use BLE beacons with sensors onboard to monitor storage conditions. Receive immediate notifications when conditions deviate from set parameters.

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    Banks

    Provide personal greeting to clients. Manage queues, collect analytics on waiting time, and gather feedback on client satisfaction. Let clients carry out contactless, yet safe, ATM operations using smartphones.

Benefits

This is how clients win when they outsource iBeacon app development services to IT Craft, an established beacon development company:

  • Custom iBeacon
    development

    Developers find the best technical implementation for your requirements to cater to the needs of your business.

  • Technology
    consulting

    An IT Craft team helps you select the right technological stack for your project.

  • Full-cycle
    development

    IT Craft development teams cover all stages of software development, from requirements to going live on a server.

  • App integration

    The team helps you integrate an iBeacon app with existing software to ensure seamless data exchange.

  • Data security

    IT Craft iBeacon apps are built in such a way to ensure secure data exchange between all parts of the system. GDPR compliant.

  • Free support during
    pre-determined
    guarantee period

    The same development team stays in touch with you to eliminate any flaws in produced source code at no cost to you.

iBeacon development workflow: paving path to your success

Here is a three-step path to successful iBeacon app development:

Project discovery
iBeacon app development process
Sprint 1 – Sprint X
(2 weeks)
Post-launch activities

Why choose IT Craft as your go-to iBeacon app development company?

With 20 years in software development, IT Craft keeps helping businesses from all over the world. We can help yours. Clients choose IT Craft as their go-to beacon app development company for many reasons:

  • Proactive development

    Developers are a part of our client’s team. They ask questions and offer the best implementation path to prevent possible project pitfalls. They listen to you.

  • Technological flexibility

    IT Craft has six departments, each with its own specialization. When expertise is needed, we have resources to quickly augment your project team. No downtime.

  • Expertise

    IT Craft invests in knowledge and expertise. We allot time to discover new technologies and master programming skills. We deliver source code by adhering to industry standards and best practices.

  • Wide range of services

    Development varies from rapid app prototyping to fully featured systems based on custom logic. Determine your requirements. We do it.

  • Equal treatment

    All clients and all projects treated equally. We strive for all our clients to succeed.

  • Knowledge transition

    You retain full control over your software. You get well-commented source code and complete, up-to-date project documentation.

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FAQs

  • 1 What is iBeacon used for?

    iBeacon is a special protocol designed by Apple Inc. It is used on small transmitting devices called BLE beacons.

    iBeacon helps with the following:

    • Indoor positioning and step-by-step navigation
    • Tracking solutions
    • Promoting products and services
    • Improving in-store experience
    • Automation solutions
  • 2 Can iBeacon work without an app?

    Yes and no. Yes, an iBeacon is just a small device that periodically transmits signals into an environment.

    No, such signal transmission makes little sense. A smartphone can neither recognize nor use it. End users need to install and launch a native app. Plus, to start an action after receiving a signal, they must have Bluetooth turned on. Both Android and iOS support iBeacon detection.

    If you are concerned that users might ignore your app, try iOS 14 App Clips to demonstrate core functionality of your app at a glance.

  • 3 What is iBeacon device?

    Beacons are small, inexpensive, low-powered devices equipped with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE).

    Beacons broadcast signals. Beacon signals contain unique ID numbers which a smartphone app can recognize and use for navigation. Smartphones with relevant apps and Bluetooth turned on pick up these signals when they are near.

    Beacons can also trigger events and send proximity-based notifications with relevant content to user devices. For instance, when people pass by a restaurant, they receive a notification about daily specials.

  • 4 How much does an iBeacon cost?

    iBeacons are relatively cheap devices.

    Kontakt Smart Beacons cost $66 for the pack of three.

    Estimote sells its Proximity Beacon at $99 for four units in a kit.

    Beaconic offers 3 iBeacons Hardware Kit for €70 ($85).

    Heavy-duty beacons or beacons with various sensors onboard cost more.

    Three is the minimum number of a pack due to triangulation effect. All manufacturers offer large-order discounts.

  • 5 What is the main problem faced while developing the iBeacon app?

    The biggest challenge of iBeacon app development is making measuring as precise as possible. iBeacon signals might:

    • Have issues with Wi-Fi interference because both use the same frequencies.
    • Incorrectly display when beacons toggle.
    • Lose contact with user’s smartphone due to unexpected, moving obstacles.
    • Lack precision in open spaces and large places without walls (e.g., parking garage).

    The following actions help increase signal precision:

    • Switch to a channel with different frequencies.
    • Ensure optimal hanging height and density of iBeacons.
    • Tune signal strength and range.
    • Develop a hybrid positioning system that uses geofencing and iBeacons.

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