What is a Beacon
For the non technical understanding what is a Beacon is simple. It is a small battery powered device that can be placed anywhere that can use Bluetooth technology to talk to a device such as an iPhone, Smart Phone or Tablet.
Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) means that the Beacon is broadcasting only basic information every second or at specific programmed intervals and uses very low power to carry out the operation. Providing the APP software on a device can understand the protocol of the beacon then an APP can be used to react when it becomes in contact with the Beacon.
Beacons are universal to all hardware compatible with Bluetooth Smart/BLE that use Bluetooth 4.0 specification.