Bleu Stations are short-range bluetooth devices that can be used for proximity detection and are compatible with Apple's iBeacon. Bleu Stations open up new possibilities for retail, hotels, digital wallets, and much more.
Apple introduced iBeacon support in IOS 7 for iPhone and iPad. iBeacons are small low energy Bluetooth devices that let your iPhone know when it is nearby. Your iPhone can also set up to be automatically be notified when different types of iBeacons are detected.
You can buy iOS 7 apps that support proximity detection right now but you'll need great iBeacon hardware for this new breed of apps. Bleu gives you the hardware and the software to easily setup Bleu Stations in your home, office, or retail shop.
Bleu stations were designed with mass deployment in mind. With security to form factor, we built iBeacon hardware that is easy to deploy and support. All of our Bleu Stations are powered over a USB connector, so you do not have replace batteries every few months driving up your support costs. The small size means that they can be deployed anywhere there is a USB outlet: Point of Sale registers, computers, wall outlets, signage, or an AC adapter. Since Bleu Station requires so little power, any USB port can power it, no computer required.
We also built great software to make deployment easier. We provide iOS apps, sample code, and an SDK that allows non-technical staff onsite to configure and deploy the Bleu Stations. IT configures settings centrally and our software figures out what Bleu Stations need to be configured and deploys the configuration. This speeds up your deployment and drives down the cost of both deployment and support.
Twocanoes has over a decade of experience with Apple solutions in both the education and enterprise markets and understands the methodologies of deployment at scale. Contact us today to learn more about mass deployment opportunities.
Do you have an app to keep customers coming back? You can further your engagement with your customers by integrating iBeacon support so that customers are notified when they enter your shop. Once the customer is in your store, your app can detect Bleu Stations and display various offerings depending on which Bleu Station is detected. The app can present a scan code for payment or offer discounts on nearby items, all through your app.
Engage your guests as soon as they enter your property. Allow the guest to specify the type of interaction, from automatic checking to notifying the concierge of their arrival. Provide the premium touch and reduce check-in times. When you deploy Bleu Stations in your facility, your guests can get welcome in your app as soon as they enter. They can share their exact location with your to provide more faster and more efficient service.
Passbook on iPhone is a great way to provide discounts, promotions, club cards and more without requiring the customer to install an app. Since passbook passes as Beacon-enabled, they work great with Bleu Station. When a customer gets near a Bleu Station, the pass will automatically appear on their lock screen, allowing for easy access to the promotion or club card.
Customers are increasingly utilizing digital wallets and making payments right from their smart phone. With the Passbook on iPhone and wallets on other platforms becoming Beacon aware, you can reduce the checkout friction by automatically navigating to the correct payment method and speeding the sale to completion.
A whole new breed of iOS 7 apps are available in the app store that support iBeacon. Since Bleu Station talks the same language as iBeacon, it can work with any app that supports iBeacon. We even have our own called Geohopper. Check it out in the app store and use it to alert your friends and your internet things when you enter and leave.
Bleu Station was designed with security in mind. Each Bleu Station requires authentication prior to any configuration, and all sensitive data is sent encrypted between the iOS device and the Bleu Station. We've added in advanced features such as brute force password protection and the ability to change passwords on individual Bleu Stations. The password in the hardware has been protected as well, loss due to theft does not compromise your entire beacon deployment.
After setup, the Bleu Station will immediately start broadcasting over Bluetooth and is ready to use in your app. For fine-grained proximity control, the Bleu Setup app provides additional advanced settings so that the Bleu Station can be tuned to work well in any environment.
Our SDK includes the ability to integrate setup of the Bleu Station hardware right in your app. If you already have a Point of Sale, kiosk, or other type of onsite app deployed, you can integrate configuration and setup of the hardware right into your app. The Bleu Station would just need to be within range and it would automatically be configured based on app provided settings in a secure way. This drives down support costs and makes it simple to setup Bleu Station to work great with your native app without long instructions or complicated setup.
While installing a few iBeacon compatible devices is relatively straightforward, provisioning and deploying thousands of devices can be a difficult and costly proposition. Bleu Proximity drives down the cost of deployment though Zero Touch and Zero Tech deployment. Zero Touch deployment means that the person deploying the Bleu Station simply plugs in the Bleu Station, and the Bleu Stations is automatically configured by an iOS device within range of the Bleu Stations.
Read the whitepaper on Zero Touch tech brief here.
All Bleu Station hardware come with a hardware warrantee for one year. If you want to make sure that you are up to date with the most current software, firmware, and support, we recommend that you sign up for our yearly support contract to make sure you are covered. Twocanoes Software has a proven track record of great technical support and we offer that same level of support for Bleu Station. We provide phone, email, social media and forum support.
If you are integrating Bleu Station into your iOS app, we provide free email and forum support. Contact email@example.com for inquiries. Bleu Station is fully compatible with Apple's iBeacon bluetooth. We have sample applications that show how easy it is to add in iBeacon support to your iOS app.
AirLocate is a sample application provided by Apple to show how to easily integrate iBeacon support into your app.
Sample code for showing different web views based on proximity to an iBeacon
If you would like to be included in the beta for the SDK, please send an email and we'll get you signed up.
Buy the starter kit and get the hardware, software, and support you need to incorporate Bleu Station in your solution today. After purchasing, register the kit and we’ll work with you to get up and running fast. The starter kit includes 3 Bleu Stations, access to the our deployment apps and SDK (currently in Beta), sample code, documentation, and 90 days of phone support for integration. It’s the fastest way to incorporate iBeacons in your solution and prepare for wide-scale deployment.
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