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Bluetooth beacon gets FCC/CE/IC marks

Posted: 16 Dec 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Bluetooth? beacon? FCC? CE? IC?

EM Microelectronic's EMBC01 Bluetooth beacon has gained FCC, CE and IC certifications for operation within the United States, European Union and Canada, respectively.

EMBC01 is a coin-sized beacon that can be deployed anywhere iBeacon and Bluetooth Smart v4.0 technologies are used. Its design ensures that the EMBC01 consumes less than 25?A 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 EM6819 microprocessor, allowing it to achieve over one 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.

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

EM Microelectronic's Bluetooth beacon

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

EMBC01 is shipped pre-programmed, 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.

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 optimised battery lifetime based on the desired use case.

Should more extensive firmware modifications be desired, EM offers a 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 customised to sport any embossed logo desired and is available in a number of colours.

-Jean-Pierre Joosting
??EE Times Europe





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