Polish start-up company Ifinity have unveiled a new beacon technology they have created which requires no batteries providing a huge benefit over already existing beacon tracking technology.
As the new micro-location beacon technology grows in popularity enabling businesses and retailers to trigger certain events when smartphone owners enter certain spaces within their premises.
One of the major drawback to the currently available beacon technology systems for companies to use is that the batteries within the transmitters need to be changed on a periodical basis.
The new Beacon system designed by Ifinity removes this requirement and the need for batteries. As their technology uses battery less transmitters that uses ambient electromagnetic waves for power. Ifinity’s CMO Krystian Cieślak explained in an interview :
“We figured out the way to power-up them periodically with an external power device (e.g. power converter or router) nearby,”- “They are able to harvest power through ambient electromagnetic waves emitted by the device. One power device can source many AirBeacons,”
“An AirBeacon deployment consists of one or more beacon devices that transmit their own unique identification number to the local area. Software on a receiving device may then look up the beacon and perform various functions, such as notifying the user. Receiving devices can also connect to the beacons to retrieve values from beacon’s GATT (generic attribute profile) service. AirBeacons do not push notifications to receiving devices (other than their own identity), nor can track users.”
The new technology follows on from similar advances within the market such as the Estimote Stickers which had produced the Beacons down to the thickness of a sticker yet also incorporating a temperature sensor and accelerometer.
As more innovations begin to emerge in the new ‘nearables’ market we will keep you updated on advances as always.For more information on the new Ifinity beacon technology jump over to the Ifinity website for details.
Source: Tech CrunchFiled Under: Technology News, Top News