FCC/CE/IC certified Bluetooth® SMART beacons

FCC/CE/IC certified Bluetooth® SMART beacons

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EMBC01 is a tiny coin-size beacon that is optimized for highest performance in terms of autonomy and link range. It can be deployed anywhere iBeacon™ and Bluetooth Smart v4.0 technologies are used. Readily certified and available in a qualified and convenient housing, the EMBC01 enables rapid and easy deployment into any beacon implementation.

A clever design ensures that the EMBC01 consumes less than 25 µA average current in a typical application, resulting in more than 12 months operation from a single CR2032 battery, which is included in the beacon. The beacon embeds the company’s ultra-low-power EM6819 microprocessor, allowing it to achieve over 1 year autonomy for applications operating with long beaconing intervals. EMBC01 also contains a built-in mode switch, thus guaranteeing that beacons have a full charge when they are deployed. Integrated red and green LEDs provide users with feedback about the device’s operating mode. Just click and stick!

The EMBC01 includes a miniature antenna which is designed to maximize communication range. At the 0 dBm output power setting, EM beacons can be detected 75 meters away by an iPhone® 5S; at maximum output power, that distance extends up to 120 meters.

Due to an optimized circuit architecture, the beacon is immune to over-the-air attacks, meaning that a well-placed beacon is very secure. Without complete physical access, the device’s settings cannot be altered.

EMBC01 is shipped pre-programmed, complete with a Renata CR2032 battery and an IP-64 certified, weatherproof plastic enclosure for easy deployment, making it suitable for use at outdoor music festivals, sporting events and arenas; anywhere a beacon is required to withstand the elements.

Though the beacon is nominally shipped pre-programmed and packaged in a standard housing, the EMBC01 is easily modified to fit most applications. At the most basic level, it is easy to change the UUID, MAJOR ID, MINOR ID for adapting to the smartphone’s software application that is being used. Output power and beacon interval may also be changed for optimized battery lifetime based on the desired use case.

Should more extensive firmware modifications be desired, EM offers a complete development kit that includes five EMBC01 beacons, programming board and software development tools. This enables customers to control the firmware and to create their own Bluetooth Smart advertising packets in order to transmit real-time sensor data such as temperature, light level, battery voltage, or other physical phenomena.

Further, the enclosure can be customized to sport any embossed logo desired and is available in a number of colors.

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