Do you know with Proximi.io you can manually import the beacon fleet that are from different hardware providers? In this post we will see how to import beacon fleet using Proximi.io Web Portal and through Proximi.io Management app.
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. Importing the beacons through Web Portal
Login to web portal using your Proximi.io user id and password. Go to Manage Inputs. For manually importing your beacon fleets you need to select Registered Inputs. Initially the right panel will be empty. Once you add your beacons it will show up in the right panel.
Goto the right corner of the screen and click Add Input. Another screen would pop up in which enter the values. Remember while naming the beacons it’s good to add whatever visual recognition methods you have : serial code / name / or even just the colour of it, to keep track of your fleet’s positions. After selecting the type of beacon you can see that other fields will populate accordingly.
Upon selecting the right department, latitude and longitude will automatically populate. In case you have selected Eddystone then you would require namespace ID and instance ID. If it’s a ibeacon then you will need major, minor and UUID Values. You can get these values from your own beacon account with your Hardware providers like Kontakt.io, Estimote etc while purchasing the beacons. Once you have entered all the required fields, you will be taken to next page which will display the map on which you need to place the beacon
Very important step here is to place the beacon on the right position. Make sure beacons position on the map matches accurately with its actual physical position in the venue.
Step 2. Adding beacons through Management App
Step 1: Login to the Management App
Step 2: Select Manage Inputs option. You will find a Plus sign on the bottom right corner click on that.
Step 3: Enter the name of the beacon that you are importing along with the place and department. you could see that latitude and longitude values will populate automatically.
Step 4: Click on GET INPUT FROM SCAN option. This will scan and display all the beacons that are near your mobile device. Say you have 10 beacons near your mobile then all the 10 will be detected and will show up. If you know the corresponding device ids for the beacons, then select that and import them in to the application. If you are not sure about the id of a beacon, then you can move to a distance with just one beacon and your mobile device and try to scan. In this way it will only scan one beacon that’s near your mobile device and when you select that it will automatically populate the other values. Repeat the same for the remaining 9 beacons also.
Note: You can only import the beacons into the system using our Management App. You need to go to the webportal to actually place them in the map such that it matches its actual physical position on the venue. So once you have imported the beacons you need to login to the webportal –> Manage Inputs — > Registered Inputs. This will display all the beacons that were imported already. Select the correct beacon and click Edit to see all the information that were entered by you and then click next to open the visual editor. Now you need to drag & drop the input to the right real-life location. We use this location to calculate the position estimate of the visitor.