Kontakt.io Beacon presets

The Kontakt.io Proximity Web Panel supports pre-defined presets that you can bulk apply to your Beacons (read how in Kontakt.io Proximity Web Panel - Configuring Beacons).  

In this article we are going to look a little deeper in what these are and what they mean for your Beacons.

When you apply a preset to your Beacons, it will change the TX Power and Interval settings.  In the case of the default Kontakt Beacon preset, the Proximity UUID is also set to f7826da6-4fa2-4e98-8024-bc5b71e0893e - the standard UUID for kontakt.io Beacons.

Preset name Description TX Power Interval Battery Life 1 Range 1
Kontakt Beacon Kontakt Beacon is the best compromise between battery life and user experience. 3 350 up to 24 months 20m
Energy saver Energy saver preset improves battery life significantly - even up to 3 years. 2 633 up to 36 months 10m
Power Beacon Power Beacon preset offers greatest accuracy if battery life is not of a critical value for you. 7 100  up to 5 months 70m
Apple iBeacon This preset is a set of properties recommended by Apple iBeacon specification. It does not change the NON_CONNECTABLE state. 3 100 up to 6 months 20m

1 Battery life and range are approximate figures and depend on other factors, such as the operating environment, Beacon placement. Information presented on the table above describes the expected battery life of the Tough beacon (single battery).

Beacon Pro expected battery life

Preset name Description TX Power Interval Battery Life 2 Range2
Kontakt Beacon Kontakt Beacon is the best compromise between battery life and user experience. 3 350 up to 4 years 20m
Energy saver Energy saver preset improves battery life significantly - even up to 3 years. 2 633 up to 5 years 10m
Power Beacon Power Beacon preset offers greatest accuracy if battery life is not of a critical value for you. 7 100  up to 15 months 70m
Apple iBeacon This preset is a set of properties recommended by Apple iBeacon specification. It does not change the NON_CONNECTABLE state. 3 100 up to 2 years 20m

2 Battery life and range are approximate figures and depend on other factors, such as the operating environment, Beacon placement. Information presented on the table above describes the expected battery life of the Beacon Pro with no USB port and without Power Saving mode enabled. Beacon Pro with latest firmware 1.9.2

Card beacon expected battery life

NOTE Changing Tx power in CardBeacon does not affect battery life.
Power Saving TX Power Interval Battery Life 3 Range3
Enabled 6 100 up to 6 months 60m
Disabled 6 100 up to 2.5 months 60m
Enabled 6 350  up to 1 year 60m
Disabled 6 350 up to 8 months 60m
Enabled 6 700  up to 2 years 60m
Disabled 6 700 up to 1.5 years 60m
Enabled 6 1500  up to 3.5 years 60m
Disabled 6 1500 up to 2.5 years 60m

3 Battery life and range are approximate figures and depend on other factors, such as the operating environment, Beacon placement. Information presented on the table above describes the expected battery life of the Card beacon..

Kontakt.io Beacon preset (default)

In our tests the Kontakt.io Beacon preset gives you the best mix of battery life and positioning accuracy

Transmission power

Tx power has a major impact on the Battery life of your Beacon.  However, there is a trade-off, the lower the Battery life, the less range your Beacons will have. Look at our article Beacon Configuration Strategy Guide – Transmission Power for more information.

Advertising Interval

Your Beacons are constantly transmitting Advertising Packets that any in-range device can detect and use to identify the Beacon.  The Interval, determines the millisecond wait between the transmission of each packet.  The higher the interval, the less frequently packets are transmitted, and less energy is consequently used.

The trade-off is the granularity of the location information you can get from Beacon application.  If your user is on the move and you are tracking their location using triangulation, you'll want to use a much shorter interval than if you are just identifying the range of a user from a gallery exhibit, for example.

You can read more about the importance of the Advertising Interval in our article Beacon Configuration Strategy Guide – Interval.

What is the right preset for your Beacons?

Well, it clearly depends on the your implementation.  If you're not sure then we recommend sticking with the default Kontakt.io Beacon preset.  If changing batteries more frequently isn't a practical issue for you, then you may want to up your TX power to get maximum range.  If your Beacons only need to respond to immediate events (rather than near & far) then a lower Tx Power will probably do the job. 

- 2017-05-17 21:45:24 UTC
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