Configure Beacon Management and Asset Tracking for InstantOS 8.3.x

Use this guide to configure Aruba Instant Access Points (IAP) with 8.3.x for use with Meridian Beacon Management and Asset Tracking.

In an IAP only deployment, one IAP will be elected as the Virtual Controller (VC or Master IAP). You'll need to configure the virtual controller with the Meridian configuration values and it will propagate those values to all connected IAPs.

Prerequisites

  1. Configure Clock/NTP services
  2. Configure preferred DNS to reach *.meridianapps.com

Complete These Steps

Complete these steps to enable Meridian.

  1. Turn on the embedded Bluetooth in your APs and configure your infrastructure for Beacons Management.
  2. (Asset Tracking only) Configure the Web Secure Socket between your controller and the Meridian back-end servers.
  3. Deploy your Aruba Access Points using the Beacons app.
  4. Configure your Aruba Asset Tags using the Tags app.

ASSET TRACKING NOTE - In order for the Web Secure Socket to open between the Aruba Infrastructure and the Meridian Cloud, you must successfully deploy an Aruba AP using the Beacons app and configure an Asset Tag using the Aruba Tags app.

Information Needed for Meridian Editor Aruba Network Configuration

Controller or IAP Value
Location ID
https://edit.meridianapps.com/apps/{Location ID}
Beacons Management URLs ---
Global Beacons Management URL https://edit.meridianapps.com/api/beacons/manage
EU Beacons Management URL https://edit.eu-meridianapps.com/api/beacons/manage
Access Token Access Token (available in Meridian Editor)
BLE Operation Mode Beaconing
Global Tag Ingestion URL ---
BLE Asset Tag Ingestion Endpoint URL for 8.3.x https://tags.meridianapps.com/api/v1beta1/streams/ingestion.start
EU Tag Ingestion URLs ---
EU BLE Asset Tag Ingestion Endpoint URL for 8.3.x https://tags-eu.meridianapps.com/api/v1beta1/streams/ingestion.start

Connect to Your IAP's Provisioning Network for Configuration

  1. Plug in your IAPs and connect them to your network using the E0 port.
  2. Give the AP time to boot (approximately 5-7 minutes). When the Power LED is SOLID green and the Wi-Fi LED is flashing green, the AP is ready and has begun broadcasting its configuration SSID.
  3. Connect to the AP's provisioning network
. a. Connect to the AP’s SSID SetMeUp-##:##:## (where ##:##:## equals the last 6 digits of the Wired MAC address). b. In certain models/software your IAP will broadcast an "Instant" provisioning network.

Find Your Location ID

If you need to find your Meridian Editor location ID, the following image shows where to find that.

Configuring Beacons Management

InstantOS 8.3.x contains the older BLE Management configuration from it's 6.5.x predecessor. You can find that  here. However, it is recommended to use the newer IoT transportProfile mechanism shown below; 

  1. Go to the Master IAP Web UI 
  2. Go to Services > RTLS.
  3. BLE Operation Mode: Beaconing
  4. Go to Services > IoT
  5. Select, "New"
  6. Select, "OK"

    Configuring for Asset Tracking

    InstantOS 8.3.x contains the older Asset Tracking configuration from it's 6.5.x predecessor. You can find that  here. However, it is recommended to use the newer IoT transportProfile mechanism shown below; 

    • Go to the Master IAP Web UI 
    • Go to Services > RTLS.
    • BLE Operation Mode: Beaconing
    • Go to Services > IoT
    • Select, "New"
      • Type: Meridian Tags
      • State: Enabled
      • URL: <Select Global or EU Ingestion Endpoint URL from above>
      • Transport Interval: 5 seconds
      • Authorization Token: <Found in Beacons Management on Meridian Editor>
      • Location ID: <Found on Meridian Editor>
    • Select, "OK"