A Classification Framework for Beacon Applications

Vossen G, Dillon S, Schomm F, Stahl F


Abstract
Beacons have received considerable attention in recent years, which is partially due to the fact that they serve as a flexible and versatile replacement for RFIDs in many applications. However, beacons are mostly considered from a purely technical perspective. This paper provides a conceptual view on application scenarios for beacons and introduces a novel framework for characterizing these. The framework consists of four dimensions: device movement, action trigger, purpose type, and connectivity requirements. Based on these, three archetypical scenarios are described. Finally, event-condition-action rules and online algorithms are used to formalize the backend of a beacon architecture.

Keywords
Beacons; IoT; classification; indoor applications; navigation devices; location-based services; location-based technologies; wireless technologies



Publication type
Article in Journal

Peer reviewed
Yes

Publication status
Published

Year
2017

Journal
Open Journal of Internet Of Things (OJIOT)

Volume
3

Issue
1

Start page
1

End page
11

ISSN
2364-7108

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