Deploying Beacons

This article describes how to use the Aruba Beacons app to deploy Beacons to a map.

Overview

Using the Aruba Beacons app, Beacon hardware can be configured, placed, and deployed to a map. When a Beacon is deployed, the Beacons app sends the deployed Beacon's information to the Meridian Editor. The Editor adds the Beacon to the correct map.

Follow these general steps to deploy a new Beacon. They can be completed in either order.

  1. Use the Beacons app to add a Beacon to the map. You can use the Beacons app to adjust the Beacon location later.

  2. Place the Beacon hardware on a wall or ceiling near its location on the Beacons app map.

Logging In

The first time you open the Beacons app, you'll see a login screen. Enter the email address and password you use to log in to the Meridian Editor. Once you've logged in, you won't be prompted to log in again unless you log out, reinstall, or upgrade the Beacons app.

If you've forgotten your password, tap Forgot password?. The Beacons app loads the Editor's login screen. Tap Forgot Password. On the following page in the EMAIL ADDRESS field, enter the email address you use to log in to the Editor, and then tap Send. An email will be sent to you with instructions for resetting your password.

If you don't have an account in the Meridian Editor, contact a current Meridian Editor user for your organization.

Before you can deploy Beacons to a map, you'll need to have a map set up for your location in the Editor. If you don't have a map set up in the Editor, please contact Meridian.

For more information on the Meridian Editor map creation process, please see the Creating Meridian Maps article.

Once you've logged in, tap the location you'd like to load in the Beacons app.

Beacons App Views

The Beacons app is made up of three main views.

  • The Map View
  • The Campaigns View
  • The Locations View

Map View

The Map View is the primary view and the screen you'll be using to deploy new Beacons.

You can use the Map View to:

  • Place a Beacon on the map.
  • See all the Beacons deployed on a map.
  • Get detailed Beacon settings and information.
  • List the Beacons the Beacons app can detect
  • List the maps for the current location.
  • Show your current location on the map.
  • Select the map layers you'd like to see.

Campaigns View

The Campaigns View shows lists all of the active and inactive Campaigns that have been created in the Meridian Editor for the current location.

You'll use the Meridian Editor to create new Campaigns. Then you can use the Beacons app to associate your newly deployed Proximity Beacons with those Campaigns.

You can also use this view to troubleshoot Campaigns.

Account View

The Locations View lists all the locations assigned to your account. It's the screen you'll see the first time you log in to the Beacons app.

If you have access to a large number of locations, use the search box to filter the location list.

The next time you open the app it will jump directly to your last open location.

You can also log out of the Beacons app.

Scroll to the bottom of the Locations list to see the Aruba Beacons version number.

Switch Maps

The Map View only shows one map at a time, but the Map List button will give you access to every map that has been created by your organization in the Meridian Editor.

Tap the Map List button, and then tap the map you'd like to see. That map will open in the Map View.

Show My Location

The Map View is the primary view you'll use when interacting with Beacons.

Tap the Show My Location button to test how well the location Beacons are working. This can help you refine your Beacon placement as you deploy new Beacons. You'll need to deploy some Beacons before the Show My Location button will work.

Deploy a Beacon

Before a Beacon can be placed in a location, it must be configured using the Beacons app. Complete these steps to configure a Beacon using the Beacons app.

  1. If the Beacon has a battery strip, it means the Beacon is turned off. Pull out the battery strip to turn on the Beacon. The Beacon will begin broadcasting a default UUID and Major/Minor pairs of 0/0.

  2. In the Map View, tap the Nearby Beacons List button.

  3. The Nearby Beacons List is sorted by nearness to the iOS device running the Beacons app.

    If you hold your iOS device next to a Beacon, that Beacon's MAC address should go to the top of the list. Each Beacon's MAC address is printed on stickers on the Beacon's back and side.

    The Nearby Beacons List has three tabs: ALL, PLACED, and UNPLACED.

    ALL lists all visible Beacons.

    PLACED lists Beacons that have been configured and placed on a map.

    UNPLACED lists Beacons that aren't configured on a map.

  4. Tap and drag an unplaced Beacon to the map.

  5. In the Beacon configuration dialog, tap Unnamed Beacon and then enter a name. If you have a lot of Beacons, it can be helpful to give Beacons names that describe their locations.

  6. Under BEACON TYPE, tap LOCATION or PROXIMITY.

Proximity Beacons have three power levels: Low, Medium, and High. For notifications that you'd like to trigger at closer distances, use Low power. For Beacons that you'd like to trigger at maximum distances, use High power. Architectural and environmental factors will affect the distance at which notifications are triggered.

  1. Tap Place to finish configuring the Beacon. Tap Cancel to cancel the Beacon configuration.

  2. When the Beacon placement is complete, the Beacon icon changes to show its status as a Location or Proximity Beacon.

The Location Beacon icon has an arrow, and the Proximity Beacon icon has a Wi-Fi signal.

Get a Beacon's Information

Complete these steps to get information about a specific Beacon. This information can be useful when troubleshooting Beacon issues.

  1. On the Map View screen, find the Beacon you'd like more information about, and then tap it to select it.

  2. Tap the i button to open Beacon Info.

    It may take a moment for all of the Beacon information to load.

  3. On the Beacon Info screen, any information that's inconsistent with the Meridian Editor will be flagged in the left margin.

Rename a Beacon

Complete these steps to rename a Beacon.

  1. On the Map View screen, find the Beacon you'd like more information about, and then tap it to select it.

  2. Tap the i button to open Beacon Info.

  3. On the Beacon Info screen, tap the NAME field.

  4. On the Name screen, enter a new name, and then tap <.

  5. Tap Save to update the Beacon with its new name. Tap Cancel to use the Beacon's old name.

Set a Proximity Beacon's Power

Unlike Location Beacons, Proximity Beacons have a variable power setting. Complete these steps to change a Proximity Beacon's power setting.

  1. On the Map View screen, find the Beacon you'd like more information about, and then tap it to select it.

  2. Tap the i button to open Beacon Info.

  3. On the Beacon Info screen, tap the POWER field.

  4. On the Power screen, tap and drag the slider to the new power level, and then tap <.

  5. Tap Save to update the Beacon with the new power level. Tap Cancel to use the old power level.

Replace a Beacon

In some cases you may want to replace Beacon hardware. Complete these steps to replace a Beacon. Before or after these steps, you will need to physically unmount the Beacon you want to replace with the new Beacon you'd like to use.

The Replace feature is intended for Beacons that are no longer functioning. Replacing a Beacon makes a copy of that Beacon. If both Beacons are active, it can disrupt Campaign push notifications and location services. If you replace a functioning Beacon, be sure to remove its battery or disable it in some other way.

  1. On the Map View screen, find the Beacon you'd like to replace or delete, and then tap it to select it.

  2. Tap the i button to open Beacon Info.

  3. On the Beacon Info screen, tap the Replace button. It looks like two curved arrows.

  4. In the Replace Beacon list, find the Beacon you want to use to replace the Beacon, and then tap it.

    The Beacons app deletes the old Beacon, and configures the new Beacon with the old Beacon's settings.

Delete a Beacon

When you delete a Beacon in the Beacons app, make sure that you unmount and remove the corresponding hardware Beacon. Complete these steps to delete a Beacon in the Beacons app.

  1. On the Map View screen, find the Beacon you'd like to replace or delete, and then tap it to select it.

  2. Tap the i button to open Beacon Info.

  3. On the Beacon Info screen, tap the Delete button. It looks like a trashcan.

  4. Tap Delete to confirm the deletion. Tap Cancel to cancel the deletion.

  5. The Beacon is removed from the map and will appear as an unplaced Beacon in the Beacons List.

Repair a Beacon

There are times when Beacon hardware can get into an unconfigurable state. This is represented in the Nearby Beacons list with an exclamation point.

Complete these steps to repair the Beacon.

  1. In the Nearby Beacons list, find a Beacon that needs to be repaired.
  2. Tap the button to open Beacon Info.
  3. The Beacons app opens a dialog box stating that the Beacon isn't operating properly. Tap Repair.
  4. You may need to wait up to 90 seconds for the Beacons app to repair the Beacon.
  5. Deploy the Beacon to a map to configure it.

Beacon Icons

Beacons have different status icons depending on where you are in the Beacons app.

Unplaced Beacons

Unplaced Beacons are ones the Beacons app can detect that aren't placed and configured on any map. They are ready to be deployed.

Tap and drag an unplaced Beacon to the map to start the configuration process.

Placed Beacons

A Beacon can be placed and configured as either a location or proximity Beacon.

Tap and drag a placed Beacon to the map to move it to a new location. When you move a placed Beacon, only its location changes. All of its settings remain the same.

If you move a Beacon in the Beacons app, please be sure to move the Beacon hardware to the corresponding location.

Placed Aruba Sensor

The Aruba Sensor is a device that manages surrounding Beacons as well as functioning as a location or proximity Beacon.

Placed Beacons on Other Maps

If your location has multiple maps, the Beacons app may be able to detect Beacons on more than one map. These Beacons are represented with greyed out icons.

Tap a Beacon placed on another map to go to that Beacon's location on the other map.

Inaccessible Beacon

An inaccessible Beacon is unconfigurable, most likely because you don't have access to it.

Aruba Access Point

Aruba Access Points (APs) that support Beacon Managment or have a USB Beacon installed will be shown on the map.