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Android Configuration App Now Supporting Eddystone Setting!

Our RECO Configuration App for Android has been completely renovated. Check out the below for the updated features!

 New Feature 1. Complete Eddystone Support.

Eddystone Support Android Configuration App
Configuration App screen for Eddystone Setting

Former RECO Configuration App for Android did not support setting beacons in Eddystone format. However, with the new version of RECO Configuration App for Android, you can now set your RECO Beacons to send out Eddystone format packets in Android devices also.

 New Feature 2. Device Firmware Update through Configuration App.

To set beacons in Eddystone format, RECO Beacon firmware should be updated from v2.0 to v3.0, and this can be also done through the Configuration App.

(However, as the firmware v3.0 can only be applied to RECO Beacons whose serial number starts with 5, the old version RECO Beacons that has serial number starting with 140 do not support Eddystone format.)
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Configuration App screen for RECO Beacon firmware update

As you can see from the screenshots above, the formerly non-existing ‘Broadcast Mode’ field appears after the firmware update to v3.0. This field lets you choose between iBeacon, Eddystone-UID, Eddystone-URL modes. The detailed values for each broadcasting mode can also be set from this screen.

New Feature 3. UI Improvements.

  •  3-1. Beacon List UI

We’ve updated the beacon list UI so that you can check the beacon settings from the list screen, without having to connect to each device. The beacon list shows following information for each advertising mode.

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Beacon list example of an iBeacon.

For iBeacon mode:

MAC address, SN(Serial Number), RSSI, Battery Level(High/Low), TX(Transmitted Signal Power), Interval(Signal Transmission Interval) and UUID/Major/Minor

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Beacon list example of an Eddystone-UID

For Eddystone-UID mode:

MAC address, SN(Serial Number), RSSI, Battery Level(High/Low), TX(Transmitted Signal Power), Interval(Signal Transmission Interval) and UID

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Beacon list example of an Eddystone-URL.

 For Eddystone-URL mode:

MAC address, SN(Serial Number), RSSI, Battery Level(High/Low), TX(Transmitted Signal Power), Interval(Signal Transmission Interval) and URL

 

  •  3-2. Beacon Sorting Option

Now you can sort the scanned beacons in two ways: by RSSI and by S/N. When sorted by RSSI, the beacon list arranged so that the closest beacon comes up first. When arranged by S/N, the beacon with smallest S/N is shown on top.

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By the beacon sorting button, you can arrange the beacon list by either RSSI or S/N.
  • 3-3. Convenient Passcode Input

We’ve heard many complaints about the short time window for entering the passcode in some Android devices. Thus, to enhance user experience, we have increased the passcode input time window. Also, now you don’t have to re-enter the passcode every time you try to change the settings of a beacon; typing it in once will let you change all the settings without the hassle.

You can see the passcode for each beacon when you register the beacon on RECO Member Center. Registration requires the S/N(Serial Number) and CC(Confirmation Code) of the beacon, which are attached at the back side of the beacon. You can make changes of beacon settings only when you have the passcode with you.

Also, diverse supporting materials such as configuration app download link and detailed instructions on the configuration app are available in RECO Member Center.

We’ve listed the changes in Configuration App for Android devices. The Configuration App can be downloaded from either RECO Member Center or Google Play Store.


 

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Eddystone-EID with RECO Beacon

The most important yet underrated value in Proximity Marketing is safety and privacy. With Eddystone-EID, RECO Beacon can enhance both stably. Here’s how.

But first, what’s Eddystone EID?

Officially launched in last April, Eddstone-EID is the most recently updated spec of Eddystone, an open beacon format from Google.

Eddystone-EID is easier to understand if you get to know where the name ‘EID’ comes from — “Ephiemeral ID.”

Unlike the Eddystone-UID, which has been released earlier yet has fixed ID, Eddystone-EID can change the ID value frequently. By this, only an authorized app can receive unique ID.

And how does Eddystone-EID improve security? 

As explained above, this key function — changing ID frequently —  can prevent 1) spoofing, 2) malicious asset tracking, and 3) replay attacks.

1) Spoofing

Spoofing allows unauthorized others to clone a beacon having the same ID value. When this is not prevented, the beacon may send unplanned signal to unwanted targets.

2) Malicious Asset Tracking

This opens wider chances for beacons to be scanned and tracked much easily without proper protection. With authentication, this can be prevented and beacons will not be opened to general public.

3) Replay Attacks

If replay attacks are not prevented in firsthand, any unauthorized user can access beacon and track traffic from beacon signals. When the traffic and signal usage pattern is tracked or recorded by others, this can be hacked and used maliciously.

What is full-support of Eddystone?

Eddystone is an open format. But from the initial launch, Goolge has been publicizing the ‘Eddystone Manufacturer List,’ the companies that follow and meet all the criteria that Google has suggested for validation.

And this time’s Eddystone-EID validation process includes both EID support and newly-added Eddystone-GATT, an universal configuration.

By ‘full-support,’ it means RECO Beacons follow all the requirements suggested by Google (supports and broadcasts Eddystone-UID, URL, TLM, and EID), and can be configured with any apps that follow Eddystone-GATT.

This is especially meaningful to us since we are one of the first beacon manufacturers in Asia to be on the Eddystone List, and the only one from Korea. To learn more about RECO Beacon, please see: http://reco2.me/reco-beacon/ and our product introduction.

Lastly, how can I use Eddystone-EID with RECO Beacon?

We’re currently updating our RECO Configuration App and will be able to introduce the Config App that can allow RECO Beacons to broadcast EID format. We will make sure to let you know when we come up with the final picture!

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RECO Beacon with Eddystone – 3 Frequently Asked Questions Answered

Although the information and awareness on Eddystone is expanding, there are still parts that remain ambiguous about Eddystone. Today we summarized the key questions that we’ve been asked most about RECO Beacon with Eddystone, and the Eddystone technology itself.

Q: Do I need a separate beacon hardware to use with Eddystone?

A: No. Out of the three broadcasting mode (iBeacon, Eddystone-UID, Eddystone-URL), you can just set up the broadcasting mode of your choice with RECO Configuration App.

Eddystone configuration with RECO Config App
If you already have RECO Beacon, you can update the firmware and select the broadcasting mode.

Our latest firmware updates include Eddystone packets. The instruction on how to update the beacon firmware and configuring Eddystone is available on our Member Center (Go to RECO Beacon > Configuration App > User Guide (iOS)).

Note: Configuring the broadcast mode is now only available with iOS. Although Eddystone configuration is not supported with Android OS, Android devices can still pick up Eddystone signals.

Note 2: Eddystone-TLM is an interleaved packed, meaning that it is ‘tied’ together with Eddystone-UID or Eddystone-URL packet.

Note 3: Firmware update is not available with the former version of RECO Beacons (Beacons with Serial Number 1400~). Only the recent version of RECO Beacons (S/N with 5010~ or 5011~) is eligible for firmware upgrade.

A recent version of RECO Beacon can be firmware upgraded with RECO Config App
Recent version of RECO Beacon can be firmware upgraded with RECO Config App

Q: Is it true that you don’t need an app with Eddystone beacons?

A: In simple words, No. Beacon operates based upon the BLE signals, meaning that you will always need an app to operate together with BLE signals.

But why did Google say that there is “no need for an app” with Eddystone-URL? The truth is that when operating with Eddystone-URL, you do not need to develop or download a particular app.

Google relieves the pain of developing a beacon app by making the Eddystone-URL work together with Google Chrome app. You would probably remember that when Google first launched Eddystone, they did mention that Eddystone-URL can advertise designated URL to end-users’ smartphones. Does that mean the users will be able to see a pop-up on their devices? No. But they can tap and open the URL sent by Eddystone-URL with Chrome Widget and be directed to certain websites.

How Eddystone-URL appears on Chrome Widget
Google Chrome Widget with Eddystone-URL

Q: Can RECO Manager work with Eddystone beacons?

Sure. Our Member Center is very recently updated, and one of the key updates include management of Eddystone RECO Beacons with RECO Manager.

Plus, you can also make your RECO Manager to operate as iBeacon/Eddystone-UID/Eddystone-URL beacon. Please refer to our RECO Manager user guide to for details.

So, What is Eddystone?

Google launched “Eddystone,” an open source, cross-platform Bluetooth LE beacon format on July 14th. We have been paying attention to this as we are planning to release a version of RECO that can work with Google’s Eddystone. Before the release of the new product, we want to share with you about Eddystone.

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What is Eddystone?

Eddystone is another Bluetooth beacon protocol Google came up with — Apple announced iBeacon back in 2013. 2 years after iBeacon, Google is presenting Bluetooth beacon technology that overcomes shortcomings and even more diverse use cases.

While iBeacon was compatible with Android, it didn’t officially support Android; iBeacon was only native for iOS.

Eddystone, however, fully supports both iOS and Android. As Google is trying to come up with an ecosystem for Bluetooth beacons use cases, Eddystone is open source and is available on GitHub. We can tell Eddystone is more open then iBeacon, and Google is planning something bigger with it.

 

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With the Physical Web project, Google Map would be a great app to incorporate with Eddystone technology.

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What can you do with Eddystone?

Unlike iBeacon, Eddystone supports multiple frame types — which enable the user to decide what to use depending on their purpose.

Here are types of Eddystone’s frame types,

1. Unique Identifier (UID) :  UID is a 16 byte data that can trigger push notifications or planned action, just like iBeacon’s UUID.

2. URL :  Eddystone can send URLs as their data packet. Supposedly, this overcomes Bluetooth beacon’s obstacle of needing a corresponding app. Since this is similar to the concept of Physical Web, and at this point you need Physical Web scanner app to open the URL data from Eddystone.

3. Ephemeral Identifier (EID) : The purpose of EID is security, which is a very sensitive topic in beacon industry. If Eddystone can support reliable security, there will be much more opportunities open up to beacon technology.

What is EID?
Ephemeral Identifier is an ID temporary given, so only the authorized user can access the ID.

4. Telemetry Data : When a bigger scale of beacons is installed, this frame type will be very useful. Google is planning to implement this feature with Google Now.

Google Eddystone

Imagine your life with beacon, where you can get information at right time, right place.

<image: Google Developers Blog>

 

RECO, we are Eddystone ready.

RECO Beacon’s lates firmware now supports Eddystone. You can place your order from September.  With the same reliable hardware and proprietary software, RECO is looking forward to expanding in beacon industry.

 

Bonus – Why is it called Eddystone?

Google says it’s named after the Eddystone Lighthouse in the UK. The motif is that beacons guide users and apps in the real world the same way lighthouses guide ship captains in the night. We also explained why a lighthouse is often used as a metaphor for a Bluetooth beacon in our previous post. Take a look at it if you want to understand more about the concept of beacons – no matter it is Eddystone or iBeacon, both follow the same concept.