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How Beacons and the iBeacon Protocol Fit With the API and the Internet of Things

How Beacons and the iBeacon Protocol Fit With the API and the Internet of Things

By Jennifer Riggins

Forbes called 2015, the Year of the Mobile Beacon.  AdWeek talks about how beacons are already influencing the way we networkget drunkvacationshop, and even how we buy sausage. Ten experts at Marketing Land predicted that this year the whole world of mobile marketing will become acutely location-aware. Plus, if Google, Apple, and Facebook are betting on it, shouldn't you? We'll dive in and learn how beacons interact with APIs, how the different beacon protocols work, and what makes for a quality beacon experience. But First:

[session] Internet of Things and ‘The Physical Web'
[blog] Beacon, Oh Beacon, Wherefore Art Thou Beacon?

Beacon API Use

What are Mobile Beacons?

Beacons are small, often inconspicuous pieces of hardware that allow indoor communication and enable customized mobile marketing, all via low-energy Bluetooth or BLE.

So, are beacons a part of the Internet of Things? Some people have argued no, but I think it's apparent that beacons are IoT because, literally speaking, they are things that connect to the star of it all-the smartphone-with the end objective of an improved experience. That's the essence and value of IoT, right?

Sort of.

Dana Blouin, a PhD student researching power-constrained center-node networks and general IoT thought leader, beautifully calls beaconing "user experience plus user interaction."

User Experience Plus User Interaction

"We don't work with the beacon directly. It's very passively there but it's giving us a very active experience," Dana said. "It's a proximity center, worked over BLE, with push notification, but we're not actually directly interacting with the beacon, the beacon is interacting with our mobile device. Some app is driving that user experience. The beacon is the context for that. The beacon is there to gain more insight into what we're doing." This is an apparent trend throughout the Internet of Things-machines talking to machines and acting upon that interaction, humans aside.

Blouin gives the example that, if you are in the shaving aisle, you could receive a push notification for 20 percent off Gillette razors if you buy This Item in Aisle Y. "You're collecting data from X to give to Y." Talking about how brands can collaborate, he says it's all about using a beacon to understand "what each other is getting and you want the other to know."

But, if we look at beacons as a part of the Internet of Things, it can be easy to look at it as another security and privacy complication in the already complicated seven-layer stack. It's important to look at it as another opportunity for testing and quality assurance.

Beacons and APIs work together?

We talked to Oscar Guillen Mateu, big data platform engineer, and Ivan Gonzalez Gutierrez, mobile developer, about their experience with beacons at MOCA Platform, a big data analytics platform that combines insights from open data, BLE beacons, GPS, WiFi, user settings, and user behavior via Android and iOS software development kits (SDKs).

In the case of MOCA, we have things like ‘Oh, I'm next to a beacon, that means I'm in this place.' If you're in this place that means the application knows that you're in this store and this store has offers and discounts for beverages. It asks the server, ‘What are the discounts?' The server responds back: ‘Coca-Cola is ten percent off'."

Guillen went on to describe the process of how the two application programming interfaces or APIs interact. The SDK searches for any beacons in the area. The beacon notifies the smartphone, then the mobile API sends information about where you are along with analytics for future machine learning, and, in return, it asks if there is information to share. The end user then receives a push notification.

On the other side of the cloud layer, the console API is found on the MOCA Platform website. The store owner is able to ask questions like:

  • How many users have been in the store today?
  • How many people with this profile have been here?

"Imagine that you're the store owner, every time a user interacts with a beacon, this user is here," Guillen said. This locational information combines with other data to uncover behavioral patterns that can be turned into highly segmented marketing campaigns.

Assuring beacon-based APIs are efficient in the face of stress and limited power

Guillen says that "You have to be efficient enough that you are able to have millions of phones sending data at the same time. You cannot be stuck processing that data. You have to have a process that's crunching data at its own pace. You are storing all the information, [and] you have to have all the preferences because the users have to have all that information right from the start to prioritize to some tasks and others."

He recommends using a stress simulator to generate a lot of fake users accessing the server at the same time, to see how far you go and to understand your limits. When you hit that limit, ask "Is that good enough? What happens if we add more servers, does it scale correctly? Maybe we have to think of another way to process that information perhaps horizontally." He says that it is always their target to have things as horizontally scalable as possible-one million users for one server, two million users for two servers, and so on.

MOCA had this when they provided the official app and beacons to more than 43,000 users at the 2015 Mobile World Congress. Gonzalez describes something that happened there: "You see four beacons. We send the information to our back-end to create a heat map-our server did crash but we had backups, so the architecture worked because they maintained the service."

But you not only have to make sure that your server doesn't crash, you have to make sure you aren't draining the phones either.

Your Software Impacts The Battery Life of Every Device It Runs On

The clients who have applications on users' phones need to make sure that the app doesn't use up too much energy, as the end users will simply uninstall the app that's draining all their battery. "It is very important that, when in range of beacons, we should perform efficient scannings, otherwise we will kill device the battery. iOS performs this scanning without our intervention, but in Android we have the control over the scanning frequencies," Gonzalez said.

Guillen recommends to have it pull once every 30 seconds or minute, or based on some specific data that arises during testing, and then tweaking once it's out in the wild.

He also suggests other ways that you can achieve the same level of data while preserving battery life. "Besides GPS, the mobile has other mechanisms to give you information about your location. Just by having the phone on, it can triangulate using the communication towers [for an] approximate position." You can also set frequency of information pulls based on short-term movement patterns. "Because you're moving very fast, I'll ask more frequently, but, if you are staying in one place," he'll instead ask infrequently over longer intervals.

The MOCA Platform includes a heat map to help determine the best times to pull based on movement. Guillen says that "for privacy and battery you [sometimes] can't follow an entire place-in an airplane, it moves fast, but if you're in a cafe for an hour, you can just send the data once."

Also, after the first pull to see if there are any messages to send back, a good way to save precious battery is that the mobile phone can store the info and then it'll group it into a package, only sending once more, perhaps when the phone is charging at home on WiFi.

This all makes it essential that you are testing any beacon-related program on multiple devices over multiple periods of time, preferably at multiple locations.

How can you assure beacons are efficient?

Like with everything IoT, it's important not only to test the viability and efficiency of your apps and APIs, but also the viability and efficiency of those "things." In this case, beacons can be quite finicky and imprecise things with the radio frequency being easily interrupted.

"In the SDK for this particular problem is reliability, determining whether you are close to the beacon or not. The signals have a lot of characteristics but are not stable. We have found a way to try to stabilize the signal so we can have reliable measurements from the beacon," Gonzalez said.

Not only do you need to test on different devices, but with different obstacles and obstructions that could make things worse.

"There's the reliability of the beacon itself because these things are quite sensitive," Guillen said fiddling with a beacon. "If you have walls in the middle, maybe the reach is shorter than you want. If you want to have a radius of 30 meters, how much power do you have to give it?" He recommends to ask multiple beacons to triangulate a more accurate position to get an average of distances.

You also need to test the reliability of the geolocation data, creating a balance between battery preservation, movement and precision.

"If you use multiple beacons to calculate location, you can be more precise about which part of your store your user is at, such as aisles, queues or sections if they are small. Also, you can't be asking for the user's position every five seconds, or you end up draining half of the phone's battery. The reliability of measuring the distance of the beacon, determining if you are in some of the regions-I think this has been one of the most challenging parts of the SDKs because it's a hand-off between reliability and efficiency."

For this he says that the first thing developers using the MOCA Platform will test is the reliability of the SDK detecting beacons. You can read more about mobile testing strategies here.

How can you assure security and privacy with the openness of beacons?

The list of the IDs of beacons and approximation of distance are tied to the beacon protocols, but, so far, the majority of beacons are with fully open RF, which means multiple parties could be drawing information from the same beacon.

"Security is very important because you don't want your account or your privacy compromised, so you have to be able to give access to your app to all of your users, but the client has to be the only one able to retrieve analytics from his application," Guillen said.

This is where he says OAuth comes in. "You will need it because the information that the mobile retrieves has to be linked to a user in order to be useful. If anyone was able to hack information and send false data about beacons-maybe say that you were in this place and you weren't there-your profile is getting manipulated by someone else. And that's going to affect the client because he won't be able to get good analytics because the data is compromised," he continued.

Gonzalez jumped in to explain: "You can send a new profile with wrong data, but you cannot corrupt someone else's profile as its information is securely managed within the phone and in its way to our servers." He says this is why the user has to use OAuth to log into the app so that his information is just his and not mixed with anyone else. Also, on the client side, they have to be authenticated as well, because they don't want their information to be leaked out to competitors  to breach users and sell their product first."

OAuth and a secure platform to build on is the best way to assure security, privacy and accuracy of information that comes in via beacons.

iBeacon Logo

Is iBeacon the prevailing protocol?

Apple was the first big name to bring beacon to mainstream news with its iBeacon protocol back in 2013. "And after that, a lot of people adopted this protocol because it had a lot of traction," Gonzalez said.

Director of API architecture at the API blog Mike Amundsen says that the iBeacon real estate is in itself a pretty closed system, admitting that "One way to build a platform is to actually dominate the space so no one can get in." But he pointed out that this is limiting, saying that, across the Internet of Things, "Someone has to start thinking about the protocols or the formats, independent of some sort of the product or brand."

Amundsen says that "The challenge is the protocol is really good," but asks if one protocol can really do it all.

Perhaps that's why a year after iBeacon, Radius Networks released another standard called the AltBeacon protocol, which is quite similar to the iBeacon but created for the open source community with the goal of greater interoperability. Gonzalez says that AltBeacon "will still work with iOS but maybe in a different way than iBeacon."

The iBeacon and AltBeacon protocols are just about identifying the beacon itself and its location, but not what the beacon does.

At the start of this year, Google came out with the uriBeacon protocol which is related to URLs.

"Instead of just saying who you are we and where you are, now you can have a beacon directly linked with information to a website. You won't need anything else, read this info from the beacon directly," Gonzalez said.

"The great thing about this solution [uriBeacon] is it's open, it's pragmatic, and it's quite straightforward for a lot of people, but what you lose with this solution is you don't have a lot of flexibility to configure with a console because-imagine you had one thousand beacons in a mall, you would have to go there and program each individual beacon, and the maintenance would be quite high. Other solutions, like the one we're working on, you don't have to even go there."

What should QA keep in mind when testing beacons?

When it comes down to it, some of the things you will test for will be common-sense practices for all quality assurance, while others are tips just for the beacon-based world. Here is a checklist for what to test for the best beacon proximity experience-for your customers and for their end users:

  1. As always, keep developer experience as the priority when testing the API console.
  2. Assure back-end synchronization. Make sure that everything that you've saved in the console is going to your mobile users without any problem.
  3. Check, can it handle the stress?
  4. Battery consumption is an essential factor.
  5. Find the right beacon protocol that works for your needs.
  6. The SDK must prioritize security and privacy, always remembering that the code is actually running on on the mobile devices.
  7. A great proximity experience is about a great user experience. The pleasure comes in the details.

Have you worked with beacons and beacon protocols? Tell us about your experience below!

About SmartBear Blog
As the leader in software quality tools for the connected world, SmartBear supports more than two million software professionals and over 25,000 organizations in 90 countries that use its products to build and deliver the world’s greatest applications. With today’s applications deploying on mobile, Web, desktop, Internet of Things (IoT) or even embedded computing platforms, the connected nature of these applications through public and private APIs presents a unique set of challenges for developers, testers and operations teams. SmartBear's software quality tools assist with code review, functional and load testing, API readiness as well as performance monitoring of these modern applications.

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The question before companies today is not whether to become intelligent, it’s a question of how and how fast. The key is to adopt and deploy an intelligent application strategy while simultaneously preparing to scale that intelligence. In her session at 21st Cloud Expo, Sangeeta Chakraborty, Chief Customer Officer at Ayasdi, provided a tactical framework to become a truly intelligent enterprise, including how to identify the right applications for AI, how to build a Center of Excellence to oper...
"IBM is really all in on blockchain. We take a look at sort of the history of blockchain ledger technologies. It started out with bitcoin, Ethereum, and IBM evaluated these particular blockchain technologies and found they were anonymous and permissionless and that many companies were looking for permissioned blockchain," stated René Bostic, Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Conventi...
Gemini is Yahoo’s native and search advertising platform. To ensure the quality of a complex distributed system that spans multiple products and components and across various desktop websites and mobile app and web experiences – both Yahoo owned and operated and third-party syndication (supply), with complex interaction with more than a billion users and numerous advertisers globally (demand) – it becomes imperative to automate a set of end-to-end tests 24x7 to detect bugs and regression. In th...
High-velocity engineering teams are applying not only continuous delivery processes, but also lessons in experimentation from established leaders like Amazon, Netflix, and Facebook. These companies have made experimentation a foundation for their release processes, allowing them to try out major feature releases and redesigns within smaller groups before making them broadly available. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Brian Lucas, Senior Staff Engineer at Optimizely, discussed how by using ne...
"Cloud Academy is an enterprise training platform for the cloud, specifically public clouds. We offer guided learning experiences on AWS, Azure, Google Cloud and all the surrounding methodologies and technologies that you need to know and your teams need to know in order to leverage the full benefits of the cloud," explained Alex Brower, VP of Marketing at Cloud Academy, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clar...
Agile has finally jumped the technology shark, expanding outside the software world. Enterprises are now increasingly adopting Agile practices across their organizations in order to successfully navigate the disruptive waters that threaten to drown them. In our quest for establishing change as a core competency in our organizations, this business-centric notion of Agile is an essential component of Agile Digital Transformation. In the years since the publication of the Agile Manifesto, the conn...
In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, James Henry, Co-CEO/CTO of Calgary Scientific Inc., introduced you to the challenges, solutions and benefits of training AI systems to solve visual problems with an emphasis on improving AIs with continuous training in the field. He explored applications in several industries and discussed technologies that allow the deployment of advanced visualization solutions to the cloud.
Vulnerability management is vital for large companies that need to secure containers across thousands of hosts, but many struggle to understand how exposed they are when they discover a new high security vulnerability. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, John Morello, CTO of Twistlock, addressed this pressing concern by introducing the concept of the “Vulnerability Risk Tree API,” which brings all the data together in a simple REST endpoint, allowing companies to easily grasp the severity of the ...
While some developers care passionately about how data centers and clouds are architected, for most, it is only the end result that matters. To the majority of companies, technology exists to solve a business problem, and only delivers value when it is solving that problem. 2017 brings the mainstream adoption of containers for production workloads. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Ben McCormack, VP of Operations at Evernote, discussed how data centers of the future will be managed, how the p...
"NetApp is known as a data management leader but we do a lot more than just data management on-prem with the data centers of our customers. We're also big in the hybrid cloud," explained Wes Talbert, Principal Architect at NetApp, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Coca-Cola’s Google powered digital signage system lays the groundwork for a more valuable connection between Coke and its customers. Digital signs pair software with high-resolution displays so that a message can be changed instantly based on what the operator wants to communicate or sell. In their Day 3 Keynote at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Chambers, Global Group Director, Digital Innovation, Coca-Cola, and Vidya Nagarajan, a Senior Product Manager at Google, discussed how from store operations and ...
"We're focused on how to get some of the attributes that you would expect from an Amazon, Azure, Google, and doing that on-prem. We believe today that you can actually get those types of things done with certain architectures available in the market today," explained Steve Conner, VP of Sales at Cloudistics, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.

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OpenCrowd

LYNN
CodeFutures

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The benefits of automation are well documented; it increases productivity, cuts cost and minimizes errors. It eliminates repetitive manual tasks, freeing us up to be more innovative. By that logic, surely, we should automate everything possible, right? So, is attempting to automate everything a sensible - even feasible - goal? In a word: no. Consider this your short guide as to what to automate and what not to automate.
“Why incur the expense of generating and collecting all of this IoT data if you’re not going to monetize it?” Organizations are racing to embrace the Internet of Things (IoT) as the pundits create “visions of sugar-plums dancing in their heads.” McKinsey Global Institute released their study “The Internet of Things: Mapping the Value beyond the Hype” in June 2015 that highlighted the staggering financial value that IoT could create! (See Figure 1.)
Troubleshooting a problem on a remote server, especially in production, is not an easy task. Sometimes it involves debugging the application code directly on the server. But the production servers are usually run in a strict environment, where not all convenient developer tools are available. In this article, you'll discover how to configure a running web server and debug your application using standard facilities provided by the Java platform.
Quick quiz! What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the following phrases? Artificial grass Artificial sweeteners Artificial flavors Artificial plants
The nature of test environments is inherently temporary—you set up an environment, run through an automated test suite, and then tear down the environment. If you can reduce the cycle time for this process down to hours or minutes, then you may be able to cut your test environment budgets considerably. The impact of cloud adoption on test environments is a valuable advancement in both cost savings and agility. The on-demand model takes advantage of public cloud APIs requiring only payment for the time needed to run automated tests. In this framework, success depends on two things: automated i...
Digital experience monitoring plays a vital role in the ecommerce economy. The industry is booming with millions of websites selling everything imaginable. Online stores are expected to be super fast and easy to navigate; users are quick to assess website performance and if said perceived performance is below expectations, they will quickly move on to competitor’s website.
Java 9 ships with some minor—yet awesome—new language features that make developing easier and cleaner. In this post, we’ll take a look at three of these new features. You probably remember interface methods, which were introduced in Java 8. These are required so that Java itself, as well as framework vendors, can add new methods to interfaces without breaking pre-existing implementations. As these methods can become rather complex, Java now enables you to declare interface methods as private. This allows for extracting common code from interface methods while hiding the code from external us...
Many enterprise and government IT organizations are realizing the benefits of cloud computing by extending IT delivery and management processes across private and public cloud services. But they are often challenged with balancing the need for centralized cloud governance without stifling user-driven innovation. This strategy requires an approach that fundamentally reshapes how IT is delivered today, shifting the focus from infrastructure to services aggregation, and mixing and matching the best services for meeting organizations’ current and future needs.
Cavirin Systems has just announced C2, a SaaS offering designed to bring continuous security assessment and remediation to hybrid environments, containers, and data centers. Cavirin C2 is deployed within Amazon Web Services (AWS) and features a flexible licensing model for easy scalability and clear pay-as-you-go pricing. Although native to AWS, it also supports assessment and remediation of virtual or container instances within Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), or on-premise. By drawing on a comprehensive library of curated industry guidelines, control frameworks, and best practi...
The question before companies today is not whether to become intelligent, it’s a question of how and how fast. The key is to adopt and deploy an intelligent application strategy while simultaneously preparing to scale that intelligence. In her session at 21st Cloud Expo, Sangeeta Chakraborty, Chief Customer Officer at Ayasdi, provided a tactical framework to become a truly intelligent enterprise, including how to identify the right applications for AI, how to build a Center of Excellence to operationalize the intelligence and how to implement a strategy to scale efforts. She pulled from her ex...
"IBM is really all in on blockchain. We take a look at sort of the history of blockchain ledger technologies. It started out with bitcoin, Ethereum, and IBM evaluated these particular blockchain technologies and found they were anonymous and permissionless and that many companies were looking for permissioned blockchain," stated René Bostic, Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
One problem that all developers and companies struggle with is trying to decide if they should "build it" or "buy it". Software developers love to build things. That is what we do! Their natural reaction tends to lean towards building things. We are also always up for a new challenge. There are very good reasons for building or buying software. There are also good reasons to use open source projects, which is a third option.
The rule of thumb for network security today is that there is no perimeter anymore. An outsider can easily become an insider once perimeter security is breached. Every day, attackers find new ways to breach enterprise perimeter security through ransomware, malware or phishing through social engineering. This is not to suggest that all is lost. Rather, organizations can defeat cybercriminals, in part, by better managing what has already been put in place. As an example of what can go wrong if that doesn’t happen, consider the following story.
When shopping for a new data processing platform for IoT solutions, many development teams want to be able to test-drive options before making a choice. Yet when evaluating an IoT solution, it’s simply not feasible to do so at scale with physical devices. Building a sensor simulator is the next best choice; however, generating a realistic simulation at very high TPS with ease of configurability is a formidable challenge. When dealing with multiple application or transport protocols, you would be looking at some significant engineering investment. On-demand, serverless computing enables deve...
Data Monetization! Data Monetization! Data Monetization! It’s the new mantra of many organizations. But what does “data monetization” really mean, how do you do it, and more importantly, who in the organization owns the job of “data monetization”? The role of Chief Data Officer (CDO) would seem to be a godsend to answer the data monetization challenge. They should be the catalyst in helping organizations to become more effective at leveraging data and analytics to power the digital transformation.
So data warehousing may not be cool anymore, you say? It’s yesterday’s technology (or 1990’s technology if you’re as old as me) that served yesterday’s business needs. And while it’s true that recent big data and data science technologies, architectures and methodologies seems to have rendered data warehousing to the back burner, it is entirely false that there is not a critical role for the data warehouse and Business Intelligence in digitally transformed organizations.
Bitcoins are a digital cryptocurrency and have been around since 2009. As a substitute for legal tender, they are becoming the rage for investors and others but because there is no government agency auditing or performing regulatory oversights, you wonder if it is the perfect breeding ground for electronic nanocrime. Since the introduction of the Bitcoin, some competitors have emerged and the whole segment of cryptocurrencies are defined as Altcoins. Altcoins include Dogecoin, Ethereum Feathercoin, Litecoin, Novacoin, Peercoin, and Zetacoin. Some of these cryptocurrencies are considered impro...
Let's do a visualization exercise. Imagine it's December 31, 2018, and you're ringing in the New Year with your friends and family. You think back on everything that you accomplished in the last year: your company's revenue is through the roof thanks to the success of your product, and you were promoted to Lead Developer. 2019 is poised to be an even bigger year for your company because you have the tools and insight to scale as quickly as demand requires. You're a happy human, and it's not just because of the bubbly in your glass. Now how does one turn this visualization into reality? You st...
The end of the year is a time for reflection. It’s when most of us are looking back at the choices, accomplishments, and mistakes of the year prior and setting goals to improve the following year. It’s also when businesses analyze the year’s trends and behaviors to determine necessary strategic changes to be made; however, if you aren’t analyzing the right metrics, such reflection is a useless effort. Below is an excerpt from an article provided by Elad Rave, founder and CTO of Teridion, explaining why TTLB (Time to Last Byte) should be one of the performance metrics on your radar.
identify the sources of event storms and performance anomalies will require automated, real-time root-cause analysis. I think Enterprise Management Associates said it well: “The data and metrics collected at instrumentation points across the application ecosystem are essential to performance monitoring and root cause analysis. However, analytics capable of transforming data and metrics into an application-focused report or dashboards are what separates actual application monitoring from relatively simple silo monitoring.