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Configuring Blue Puck/Coin/Slim Beacon

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Bluetooth LE Blue Puck, Blue Coin and Blue Slim beacons are disabled by default.
Configurations to these beacons are written through NFC.
To do this download Device Manager Mobile by Ela from Google Play Store to your Android-powered device.
Note! Android-powered device that is used for configuring Blue Puck/Coin sensors must support NFC read/write functionality.

Follow these instructions to easily configure Blue Puck/Coin/Slim Bluetooth LE Beacon:

  • Enable Bluetooth and NFC on your Android-powered device.
  • Launch Device Manager Mobile on your Android-powered device.
  • Select Configuration.
  • Place your Android-powered device on top of Blue Puck/Coin/Slim Beacon to scan it.
  • Click Enable to allow Blue Puck/Coin/Slim Beacon transmit advertising data.
  • We recommend to set Power to 4 to get the best possible distance.
  • Set TAG Format to iBeacon.
  • Set BLE Emit Period to 1 second to get the best possible sensor detection.
  • Click Write button.
  • Place your Android-powered device on top of Blue Puck/Coin/Slim sensor to write configuration to it.

Once the configuration is written successfully, the Blue Puck/Coin/Slim Beacon will be enabled and use the settings configured in the APP.
Note! Make sure that Manufacturer data mode is Disabled, otherwise BLE Beacon will not be detected without additional changes in configuration.

Beacon Configuration and data sending


Beacon configuration

Below are short instructions which show how we recommend configuring the device to Enable the Beacon functionality for testing.


 

Steps to follow according to the visual represenation

  1. In System Settings Enable Codec8 Extended;
  2. In Bluetooth settings Enable Bluetooth, set this setting as either "Enable (hidden)" or "Enable (visible)", otherwise Bluetooth will be disabled;
  3. In Bluetooth 4.0 settings, set Non Stop Scan to "Disable", configure "Update Frequency" and "Scan duration" as 30 seconds. These settings will bring the best results for BLE scanning with our device;
  4. In Beacon list settings, configure Beacon Detection as "All" and Beacon Record as "Eventual". This will detect all surrounding Beacons and create Beacon records every 30 seconds.

Beacon data parsing

Shown how Beacon data is represented on Wialon platform.


 


Parsing of Beacon records

Beacon records are sent as separate Records with Event I/O ID 385 and also include I/O element 385 (Codec8 Extended has to be used because the I/O element 385 uses Variable size IO element).

Received data in hexadecimal stream:
00000000000000D68E01000001701F9B3FA9000F0E5732209AB450006800290400000181000100000000000000000001018100A911214B5C049F515341

FCA950D2C264414E1000050006BA21E2C56DB5DFFB48D2B060D0F5A71096E000000000A92131A74BB76A79423196C916CFB9FAED45002D00159F0700112

233445566778899ABCDE0810047AE0BE80015210F86676BEC91420A94409110029AFAC415B31A0AA101DE9C18E92CA5AA689697365434663222BA21EBBB

DE835D7F4965B5F06C2EDCB3A55300010080A501736B79686F73742E646B000010000128AD01000030CB

Example Beacon Record

AVL Data Packet
AVL Data Packet Part HEX Code Part
Zero Bytes 00 00 00 00
Data Field Length 00 00 00 D6
Codec ID 8E (Codec8 Extended)
Number of Data 1 (Number of Total Records) 01
AVL Data Timestamp 00 00 01 70 1F 9B 3F A9 (GMT: Friday, 07 February 2020 12:23:53.001)
Priority 00
Longitude 0F 0E 57 32
Latitude 20 9A B4 50
Altitude 00 68
Angle 00 29
Satellites 04
Speed 00 00
Event IO ID 01 81 (385)
N of Total ID 00 01
N1 of One Byte IO 00 00
N2 of Two Bytes IO 00 00
N4 of Four Bytes IO 00 00
N8 of Eight Bytes IO 00 00
NX of X Bytes IO 00 01
N’th IO ID - AVL ID. 01 81 (385)
Length of Variable Length IO 00 A9
Value of Variable Length IO 11214B5C049F515341FCA950D2C264414E1000050006BA21E2C56DB5
DFFB48D2B060D0F5A71096E000000000A92131A74BB76A79423196C916CFB9FAED45002D00159F0700112233445566778899ABCDE081004
7AE0BE80015210F86676BEC91420A94409110029AFAC415B31A0AA101DE9C18E92CA5AA689697365434663222BA21EBBBDE835D7F4965B5
F06C2EDCB3A55300010080A501736B79686F73742E646B000010000128AD
Number of Data 2 (Number of Total Records) 01
CRC-16 00 00 30 CB

Parsing Beacon data from record


Beacon data
Unparsed Beacon data
11214B5C049F515341FCA950D2C264414E1000050006BA21E2C56DB5
DFFB48D2B060D0F5A71096E000000000A9
2131A74BB76A79423196C916CFB9FAED45002D00159F0700112233445566778899ABCDE081004
7AE0BE80015
210F86676BEC91420A94409110029AFAC415B31A0AA101DE9C18E92CA5AA689697365434663222BA21EBBBDE835D7F4965B5
F06C2EDCB3A55300010080A5
01736B79686F73742E646B000010000128AD


Beacon Flags

The below table represents possible Beacon flags. Supported Beacon protocols are iBeacon and Eddystone.

Flags
21 iBeacon with RSSI
23 iBeacon with RSSI,

Battery Voltage

27 iBeacon with RSSi, Battery Voltage, Temperature
01 Eddystone with RSSI
03 Eddystone with RSSI, Battery Voltage
07 Eddystone with RSSi, Battery Voltage, Temperature

NOTE! Standard iBeacon protocol does not support Battery voltage or temperature sending.

Parsed Beacon data
Parsed Beacon data part HEX Code Part
Data part
(First half byte – current data part, Second half byte – total number of data parts)
11
BLE beacon flags #1
21 - iBeacon, RSSI is sent
21
BLE Beacon UUID #1 4B5C049F515341FCA950D2C264414E10
BLE Beacon Major #1 0005
BLE Beacon Minor #1 0006
BLE Beacon RSSI #1 BA - Signed 2's Complement -70 dBm
BLE beacon flags #2
21 - iBeacon, RSSI is sent
21
BLE Beacon UUID #2 E2C56DB5DFFB48D2B060D0F5A71096E0
BLE Beacon Major #2 0000
BLE Beacon Minor #2 0000
BLE Beacon RSSI #2 A9 - Signed 2's Complement -87 dBm
BLE beacon flags #3
21 - iBeacon, RSSI is sent
21
BLE Beacon UUID #3 31A74BB76A79423196C916CFB9FAED45
BLE Beacon Major #3 002D
BLE Beacon Minor #3 0015
BLE Beacon RSSI #3 9F - Signed 2's Complement -97 dBm
BLE beacon flags #4
07 - Eddystone, Battery Voltage, Temperature, RSSI is sent
07
BLE Beacon Namespace #4 00112233445566778899
BLE Beacon Instance ID #4 ABCDE0810047
BLE Beacon RSSI #4 AE - Signed 2's Complement -82 dBm
BLE Beacon Battery Voltage #4 0BE8 - 3048 mV
BLE Beacon Temperature #4 0015 - 21°C
BLE beacon flags #5
21 - iBeacon, RSSI is sent
21
BLE Beacon UUID #5 0F86676BEC91420A94409110029AFAC4
BLE Beacon Major #5 15B3
BLE Beacon Minor #5 1A0A
BLE Beacon RSSI #5 A1 - Signed 2's Complement -95 dBm
BLE beacon flags #6
01 - Eddystone, RSSI is sent
01
BLE Beacon Namespace #6 DE9C18E92CA5AA689697
BLE Beacon Instance ID #6 365434663222
BLE Beacon RSSI #6 BA - Signed 2's Complement -70 dBm
BLE beacon flags #7
21 - iBeacon, RSSI is sent
21
BLE Beacon UUID #7 EBBBDE835D7F4965B5F06C2EDCB3A553
BLE Beacon Major #7 0001
BLE Beacon Minor #7 0080
BLE Beacon RSSI #7 A5 - Signed 2's Complement -91 dBm
BLE beacon flags #8
01 - Eddystone, RSSI is sent
01
BLE Beacon Namespace #8 736B79686F73742E646B
BLE Beacon Instance ID #8 000010000128
BLE Beacon RSSI #8 AD - Signed 2's Complement -83 dBm