Beyond iBeacons: 7 cool uses of beacons you may not expect

There's much more to beacons than tracking customer visits and offering coupons in retail stores
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7 cool uses of beacons you may not expect

Beacons are a useful new twist on location awareness, tying a unique ID to a small device that apps can use to discover not just location but other relevant context about the beacon's location or what it is attached to.

Most beacon trials involve spamlike use by retailers, such as shoppers getting pitches for specific brands of cereal while walking down the cereal aisle, but better uses of beacons are being piloted. These examples come from Onyx Beacons and StickNFind, two beacon vendors that work with a wide range of industries, reflecting actual pilot projects.

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