Part 3.4. Gimbal Beacons

This post will guide you through the whole process after you’ve received your Gimbal beacons. We’ll look into Gimbal configuration and finally importing the beacon fleet using Proximi.io Web Portal.

If you haven’t ordered any Gimbal beacons yet, you can do that using the Gimbal Store https://store.gimbal.com/.

We also recommend you to check out the previous articles in this tutorial series to get all the basic things done before importing any beacons.

Step 1. Creating a Gimbal account

You can create your free Gimbal account from the following url: https://manager.gimbal.com/login/users/sign_in

Click on Register button below the login form. Once you’re redirected to a new page, fill in the form by providing your data, email, and setting up your password.

Double check your data to make sure you’ve got the right email and hit Sign up button. Check your inbox and click on the activation link—your account is created!

Step 2. Adding beacons to your Gimbal account

This is a three step process.

Step I: Beacon Management

After you’ve registered and logged in the first step is to add the beacons to the gimbal account. Goto Beacons -> Beacon Management -> Activate beacon. Select the beacon type, enter the name of the beacon. Next you need to add the factory id. It’s a 9-digit alpha numeric code located inside or back of a beacon or on the beacon cover.  Now click on Activate Gimbal beacon.

Step II: Beacon Configuration.

The beacons that you purchase from Gimbal by default comes with Gimbal firmware. Proximi.io supports both Eddystone and iBeacon. So you need to update the gimbal firmware to either Eddystone or iBeacon.  Lets see how to do that.

Goto Beacon Configuration -> New Configuration. Enter a suitable configuration name that will be helpful in associating them with the correct beacons. Now select the configuration type to iBeacon, Eddystone or both.  Based on the selection the input value will differ. When you click on +Show Advanced Options you will be able to define the transmission power, transmission interval and so forth and then click create configuration.

Note: You can give your own random Namespace and Instance id incase of Eddystone and for iBeacon enter your own PROXIMITY UUID, major and minor values.

Once you have added the beacon configuration you need to associate this with the beacon that was imported in step 1. Go back to Beacon Management -> edit the beacon that was added. By default you will be in detail tab. Go to Configuration tab and in the assigned configuration select the configuration that you had just added.

Step III: Push Configuration To Beacon

In order to push configurations to a beacon you must use the Gimbal Beacon Manager application that can be found in the App Store℠ here. Open the Gimbal Beacon Manager application and log in using your Gimbal Manager credentials.

Then follow the instruction to push the configuration to beacon that you see in the app. You can use this LINK for instruction.

 

Step 3. Import the beacon fleet to Proximi.io Web Portal

After you’ve confirmed that you have all your beacons added under your Gimbal account, you can proceed and import the beacon fleet to your Proximi.io account.

Login to the Proximi.io Web Portal and head down to the Manage Inputs -> Registered Inputs section -> Add Input. Enter the name of the beacon, type, department and then the other beacon information which you can get from your Gimbal account and then click Next.

 

In the Map view you need to place the beacon on top of the map layer such that it matches with its physical location. After this step you’re ready and good to go! Add some geofences, action flows and enjoy the results.

If you’re experiencing any issues or have questions regarding the Gimbal beacon import, please contact our support and we’ll help you out.

About Annina Koskiola

CEO and Co-founder of Proximi.io. Loves exploring new ways for technology to intertwine with our everyday lives. Passion for history, traveling, eating and the Valais Blacknose sheep.