Third Generation Beacons Announced

New beacons with BSN logo

We are delighted to announce that we’ve just released the next generation of our best-selling products: the BlueBar Beacon Standard and the BlueBar Beacon Extended Battery.

The latest models benefit from:

  • Improvements in pairing and security
  • Significantly smaller size, making them more discreet in situ
  • A modular design enabling the addition of humidity and temperature sensors (Standard Beacon only)

All our beacons are made with a particular focus on robustness and performance so that they stand up to the physical environment in which they exist. All beacons are built in the UK.

BlueBar Beacon Standard v3

BlueBar Beacon Standard v3

Highlights

  • Greatly reduced form factor, now almost the size of a coin cell battery
  • Modular design allowing addition of humidity & temperature sensors, if needed
  • Firmware improvements around pairing and security, allowing batch configuration updates of beacons in range. This functionality will be available in next version of the SDK and mobile apps
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Technical parameters

  • Dimensions: 50mm(L) x 35mm(W) x 14mm(H)
  • Weight: 25g with battery
  • Powered by a single CR2450 3V Lithium battery (included) – can last up to 2 years
  • Typical line of sight range: 30 – 100 meters (100 – 330 feet)
  • Signal strength configurable from -24dBm to 0dBm (15 steps)
  • Customizable UUID, Major, Minor and signal strength level through our configuration utility app
  • Works with all Bluetooth Low Energy (Bluetooth Smart Ready) enabled smartphones (Apple iPhone 4S/5/5S/5C, Android 4.3+)
  • Bluetooth, CE, FCC, IC, Japan, and South Korea certifications
  • Fully RoHS Compliant
  • Secure firmware with “Denial of Service” and anti-tamper protection
  • A proprietary design, built around BlueGiga’s BLE113 Bluetooth module
  • BlueBar Beacon uses licensed iBeacon micro-location technology

BlueBar Beacon Extended Battery v3

 BlueBar Beacon Extended Battery v3

Highlights

  • New enclosure with a reduced form factor.
  • Firmware improvements around pairing and security, allowing batch configuration updates of beacons in range. This functionality will be available in next version of the SDK and mobile apps
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Technical parameters

  • Powered by 2 AA 1.5V batteries (included) – can last up to 5 years
  • Typical line of sight range: 30 – 100 meters (100 – 330 feet)
  • Dimensions: 92mm(L) x 38mm(W) x 34mm(H)
  • Weight: 90g with batteries
  • Customizable UUID, Major, Minor and signal strength level through our configuration utility app
  • Signal strength configurable from -24dBm to 0dBm (15 steps)
  • Works with all Bluetooth Low Energy (Bluetooth Smart Ready) enabled smartphones (Apple iPhone 4S/5/5S/5C, Android 4.3+)
  • Bluetooth, CE, FCC, IC, Japan, and South Korea certifications
  • Fully RoHS Compliant
  • Secure firmware with “Denial of Service” and anti-tamper protection
  • A proprietary design, built around BlueGiga’s BLE113 Bluetooth module
  • BlueBar Beacon uses licensed iBeacon micro-location technology

Both models are available today and shipping worldwide

Dell recognises Blue Sense Networks CEO in international entrepreneur program

Dell Founders50 Badge

We’ve already got a great relationship with Dell, having won Dell’s UK Start-up in Residence competition back in August 2015. We were therefore extra delighted when our CEO Vladimir Petrov was recently named by Dell in its international Founders 50 program.

Dell Founders50 Badge

The Founders 50 recognises CEOs from around the world that they consider “game changers in their industry”. Dell’s aims to accelerate the growth of these 50 innovative companies – and they’re great company to be keeping!

Here at BlueSense, we’ve got big plans for 2016 and hope to be able to share them with you soon. To stay in touch, please sign up to receive our newsletter or follow @bluesensenet.

Announcing BlueBar Beacon Long Range – a BLE beacon with industry leading 200+ meters of range

BlueBar BLE iBeacon Long Range

We are very excited to announce our latest development in our BlueBar beacon product lineup – the BlueBar Beacon Long Range, a beacon with industry leading 200+ meters of typical broadcast range.

Key Features

  • Industry leading range of up to 450 meters in clear line of sight conditions, typical in excess of 200 meters;
  • Uses licensed Apple iBeacon technology
  • Supports configuration of all iBeacon parameters over the air – UUID, Major and Minor values
  • Supports configurable broadcast power (signal strength) in 10 levels – thus controlling signal penetration and range
  • Supports configurable advertisement interval from 50ms to 2000ms
  • Runs on a single CR2450 3V Lithium battery for up to one year
  • Transmit power: +8 dBm
  • Receiver sensitivity: -98 dBm
  • Full certification availability across multiple regions – CE, FCC, IC, South Korea and Japan
  • Fully RoHS compliant

The BlueBar Beacon Long Range is available to preorder, shipping worldwide in early November 2014.

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Join us at RE.WORK Berlin

Re-Work

We are extremely proud to be sponsoring the RE.WORK Technology Summit, taking place in Berlin, Germany on 19-20 June. RE.WORK is all about emerging technologies and their positive impact on business and society and this year the inaugural Berlin Summit is taking place, with 50 speakers, 150 leading technologists and innovators, and a startup stage at the iconic Umweltforum in the heart of the startup community in Berlin. The event schedule is packed with great talks on topics such as Environmental monitoring, Energy, Robotics, Big Data and most importantly – the Internet of Things.

We will be showcasing iBeacon and mobile proximity technology and also making the event iBeacon enabled through Kontext – our very own mobile app, powered by our realtime beacon decision platform ProximitySense. We have taken great care developing the next generation event app that works seamlessly with iBeacon and helps bring the power of micro location and contextual awareness to event attendees. Kontext provides up to date event information, automatic check-ins to areas to increase networking potential and allows users to discover trending topics of conversations happening on Twitter with people around them.

Last but not least, we will be running a scavenger hunt game, using Kontext and powered by iBeacon devices, scattered at the event venue. Explore the venue and detect all beacons to win iBeacon development kits from us.

Kontext will be available shortly before the event both for iOS and Android. Reserve your place for RE.WORK today, as tickets are in very high demand.

 

Lower Shipping Rates

Shipping

Shipping worldwide has been our goal from the start and shipping costs have always been a factor which we have tried to really focus our attention on. We know that shipping charges can be a big expense and a big turn-off when trying to get your hands on a flashy new BlueBar beacon and we have tried our best to drive them as low as possible.

We are based in the UK so shipping inland and to most of the EU is cheapest. Here is a comparison table with what the different zones and prices look like:

Zone Countries included Price
UK United Kingdom Mainland (slim form factor items) £1.99
UK United Kingdom Mainland £3.99
Europe – Zone 0 Belgium, Denmark, France, Ireland £15.00
Europe – Zone 1 Germany, Switzerland £17.00
Europe – Zone 2 Austria, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden £20.00
Europe – Zone 3 Andorra, Belarus, Czech Republic, Finland, Gibraltar, Monaco, Poland, San Marino £23.00
Europe – Zone 4 Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, Iceland, Latvia, Macedonia, Malta, Romania, Turkey £28.00
USA and Canada Canada, United States £28.00
Rest of the World Rest of the world £35.00

Shipping is done via different courier services and we select the best and cheapest based on order destination. Orders are always trackable and covered by insurance for a complete peace of mind.

Announcing BlueBar Beacon

BlueBar Beacons Cover

BlueBar Beacon Integration KitWe are extremely proud to announce BlueBar Beacon – a standalone Bluetooth LE beacon device powered by a single coin-cell battery.

Development of the BlueBar Beacon took us a few months and several design iterations. Our goal was to quickly bring a device to market and still not compromise on power efficiency, certification availability and security.

Guided by those principles we developed our design around BlueGiga’s BLE113 Bluetooth Smart module – a fully integrated solution with CE, FCC, IC, Japan, and South Korea certifications. Its low power profile allows our device to run continuously on a single coin-cell battery for up to two years. The module supports adjustment of its transmit power in 16 steps and exposes several hardware interfaces. This let us concentrate our efforts on building a Bluetooth LE beacon firmware with all features necessary to develop applications that use the technology.

Key features of the BlueBar Beacon are as follows:
– Fully iBeacon technology compatible – tested and works with the iPhone (4S and later) as well as the iPad;
– Works with Android 4.3+ devices, that support Bluetooth Low Energy – using a 3rd party library;
– Denial of service and tamper proof firmware – uses an encrypted connection to setup and control the device;
– Allows all iBeacon parameters to be set and updated – UUID, Major and Minor;
– Allows signal power and advertisement frequency to be adjusted;
– Runs on a single CR2450 3V Lithium battery for up to two years;
– It is CE, FCC, IC, Japan, and South Korea certified;
– Fully RoHS compliant;

The BlueBar Beacon is currently available to order in two variations – as an integration kit and as an end-user device. The integration kits are starting to ship in January 2014, and the end-user variation is expected to ship in March 2014.

 

Welcome to the Future

InternetofThingsCover

InternetofThingsThe Future is bright, it is interconnected, smart and energy friendly and most importantly – it is closer than you think!

We envision a world, where we are surrounded by smart devices, accessible at a whim to help, empower and guide us. We believe in a living Internet of Things – a network of connected devices and services that allow us to reach further than our grasp. This symbiotic relationship is currently being born, more and more the devices we carry are equipped with sensors that react to touch, voice, gestures or even eye movement. Our environment is also being enriched with smart devices, such as automatic doors, parking sensors, smart road lights and more. We believe those devices will only get smarter and more powerful and will start to react not only to our presence and physical characteristics but to our intents and the context of our actions.

There is however a missing piece in the interconnected world puzzle. As our phones get smarter and more powerful, we are still lacking the ability to interact freely with the physical world around us. The everyday objects are very slow to adopt the power of context, they still lack a technology to give meaning to their function.  Our belief is that by creating a simple device that carries the missing context component and can be freely attached to anything we can empower people to do things beyond our imagination.

We assembled a team to address that need and Blue Sense Networks was born. We also built a device – a Bluetooth Low Energy beacon device. We have completed prototyping stage and we are in the process of commercializing it with the goal to make it available by the end of 2013.

Stay tuned – the future is already here!