Nordic Semiconductor (Oslo, Norway) announced the release of a reference design for Bluetooth Smart beacons. Bluetooth Smart beacons are low-power Bluetooth, low energy wireless transmitters that can advertise their location to Bluetooth Smart Ready smartphones in close proximity. The nRF51822 Beacon Kit allows A CR1632 coin cell battery.developers and engineers to develop their own beacon applications using Apple's iBeacon standards, or create their own beacons based on their own specifications using Bluetooth Smart. The Smart Beacon Kit features:

  • iOS app.
  • Android app.
  • Source code for beacon firmware and smart phone apps.
  • Support over-the-air device firmware upgrade (OTA-DFU).
  • nRF51822 BluetoothUltra small form factor beacon (20 mm diameter).

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