Ifinity, a Polish company offering tailor-made ibeacons microlocation services, is the first to introduce AirBeacons which do not require battery power supply. The solution eliminates the most serious technology barrier: the necessity of replacing the battery or beacons periodically.
Beacons are small, coin-sized devices. Placed in offices, shopping centers, at stadiums and train stations, they can communicate with our mobile devices, allowing us to interact with objects or services available at the spot or navigating us where GPS navigation is not working. So far this ground-breaking technology has had one weakness. Beacons required internal power supply from batteries which created the necessity for replacing them, in some cases even once a year.
Ifinity has successfully solved this problem. They offered another generation of iBeacon – AirBeacons – which extracts power from a single source of low-current ambient electromagnetic waves. This solution eliminates a complicated process of beacons or battery replacement, minimize malfunction possibility and as a result, improves the precision of the microlocation system. AirBeacons are also characterized by a much smaller size. Due to their features they may be installed in places which are difficult to access.
Despite our great experiences with previous generations of beacons, our clients indicated the need of periodic replacement of batteries as a major limitation – explains Michał Polak, CTO and the Co-Founder of Ifinity. In cooperation with our partner we have designed a prototype of a transmitter which does not require internal power supply. Currently we are in the middle of testing and planning production. We plan to deliver Airbeacons to first clients as early as in the fourth quarter of 2014.
„To Ifnity and Beyond”
The company predicts that the solutions based on AirBeacons will find best implementations in large objects in which there are a need to implement beacons on a large scale. AirBeacons clear the way for implementing complex indoor navigation systems at shopping centers, vehicles way-finding in parking lots and public spaces, Electronic Shelf Labeling System in hypermarkets, equipment inventory in hospitals and storage spaces.
Ifinity specializes in complex implementations based on beacon technology from requirement assessment, through installation and programming of the beacons to development of SDK and dedicated software applications. The company focuses on delivering B2B2C solutions (Business to Business to Consumer) in six main areas of business: cities and public administrations, parking spaces, education, healthcare, galleries and museums together with commercial spaces.
The services offered by Ifinity are based on beacon technology functionalities: microlocation, way-finding and context & location awareness. The possibility to integrate existing IT systems of a given facility with the newly implemented beacon based systems is a unique element of Ifinity’s offer. It allows Ifinity to deliver such services as remote access to services for applicants/customers, POS micropayments, real-time equipment registry at any given facility, parking space management and advanced data analytics.
The Capital City of Warsaw is one of Ifinity’s key clients. Within the Virtual Warsaw project the City commissioned a pilot implementation for microlocation and navigation systems in the Center for the Disabled. A system integrated with existing services available within the location was adapted to the requirements of visually impaired. It is the first such implementation in the world. Currently the company is in the process of deploying another innovative city project – the world’s first beacon based system in public transportation.