Nearby Notifications

Setup Guides

FAQs

How does it work?

When Nearby detects a broadcasted link to an app or website, it shows you a notification. Unlike most notifications, Nearby notifications:

    - Don't make noise or vibrate
    - Clear automatically
    - Show below other notification types

Nearby Notifications registers each Beacon to Google's Beacon Cloud service. Whenever a phone sees the Beacon, it says hello are you on the cloud and do you have anything for me? If it does, it brings down a notification.

Nearby Notifications allows you to post a URL with a 40 character message on top. It allows you to manage the Beacons far away or remotely once set up.

What Software do you use?

NOTE: Beacon Tools is only on ANDROID

    BC Reveal (mobile app) - a mobile the Bluecats management software
    Beacon Tools (mobile app) - to register the Beacons with Google's Cloud Platform
    A Computer Browser - to access Google Beacon Platform

To set up the Beacon's follow along Nearby Notification Tutorial

How much does this cost?

Once you buy the hardware from us (check below on which Beacon to pick). There is no associated cost from us. You do not have to pay a monthly fee for our side of the Beacons.

Nearby Notifications is set up with Google's platform. Not our platform. Google makes you sign up for a trial, but the first year is free. Google Platform allows you to have 6 projects, which is similar to a folder. Each project allows you to have around 200 Beacons. After a year or if you add more than the 6 projects, you will pay the equivalent of 300 dollars or more depending on how many projects you add.

It does not matter if you are in Real Estate, Marketing, or the restaraunt business. The Google Cloud Platform is fair to everyone!

Which Beacons should I use?

All of our Beacons' settings like transmission speed and power level are configurable. It should be noted that similar to WiFi, Bluetooth signal can get blocked by cement, metal, water, and even people!

Coin and AA Beacons

Our two most popular Beacons are the Coin and the AA Beacons. The Coin Beacons and the AA Beacons are functionally the same units (they have same internal module). They will both get around 100 meters.

The main differences are form factor and battery life. The Coin Beacons will last anywhere between 3 months, while the AA Beacons will last around 2 years. If you are going to leave the Beacons in one spot, I definitely recommend the AA Beacon for less maintenance.

USB Beacon

Our USB Beacon is a great alternative if you have a power source. The Beacon has a distance of 20-40 meters.

Here are the details on volume pricing for our USB Beacons, AA Beacons, and Coin Beacons:

Beacons 0-100 101-500 501-1000
AA Beacon (313) $30.00 $28.10 $26.23
Coin Beacon (413) $15.00 $14.02 $13.05
USB Beacon (202) $25.00 $23.16 $21.75
Will this work with iOS or iPhones?

No, unfortunately this will only work with Android Devices. All phones need a mobile application to interpret the Beacon's signal. Unfortunately, Nearby Notification or Eddystone URL notifications only work the pre-installed Android's Nearby App.

The phones don't care if it is iBeacon or Eddystone UID. They just need a way to interpret the signal, and Nearby Notifications or building a mobile application is a way to interpret that signal.

Eddystone URL VS. Nearby Notifications

Eddystone URL is programming a URL directly to the Beacon. It can only be changed when you are in Bluetooth range of the device with your phone.

Nearby Notifications registers each Beacon to Google's Beacon Cloud service. Whenever a phone sees the Beacon, it says hello are you on the cloud and do you have anything for me? If it does, it brings down a notification.

Troubleshooting

Why is my notification not working or showing up?

There a few reasons why your notification could be not showing up:

    1. A notification won't show if the attachment is not well received by users.
    2. Make sure your Beacon has battery. Try replacing the batteries and checking if the Beacons show up in BC Reveal.
    3. The URL is not secure or being verified by Google. Make sure that you ensure your URL is being verified by the URL Validator . Ensure that you have set up everything else right as well.
    4. The Notification has already been seen or if the notification has been dismissed on a device recently, that device may not show another notification a period of time. The backoff policy is also reset if the user opens the Nearby section of Google Settings.
    5. Your phone could be older or does not have at least KitKat or Bluetooth and Data.
    6. Nearby Notifications typically scans for beacons for a few seconds after the screen is turned on. If the screen has not been turned on for a while, the device won't discover new beacons.

A notification may not show if it violates the Nearby Notifications policies. Make sure that your notfication is NOT violating Google's policies

Why don't I see any metrics?

Unless you build a mobile application with our SDK, you will not see any metrics on the BlueCats web app. It is built to only receive data from developers who created mobile applications.

Google Cloud does not have any data reporting. It will tell you if there is high or low activity. However if you want more data, you can set the unique links to Google Analytics or another web analytic tool to find how often the link is visited.

Issues registering with Nearby?

There a few reasons you may have registering issues.

    1. Google no longer has Beacon Tools for iOS. It is only for Android devices.
    2. We have found a bug in Beacon Tools, that says "This Beacon does not support hardware configuration". However, by adding a description we can get around this. The YoutTube tutorial goes over this bug here
    3. Another Bug is once you add a description, the Beacon does get registered.
We have found that even though you registered your Beacon it will not show up in "Registered Tab". However, it will show up under the "All My Beacons" tab.
    4. For Beacons not showing up in Beacon Tools, make sure your Bluetooth is on, the Beacons are in Eddystone UID mode, and for extra troublesome beacons, give them new batteries.

After that, you can go ahead and update the notification through the Google Beacon Dashboard

How do I get my signal to go farther?

All of our Beacons' settings like transmission speed and power level are configurable. It should be noted that similar to WiFi, Bluetooth signal can get blocked by cement, metal, water, and even people!

So be noted if you put it in buildings or cars or the like.

Having issues with Google Beacon Dashboard?

There are two reasons for seeing this screen when you pull up the Google Beacon Dashboard

    1. You need to register your Beacons still OR
    2. What you need to do is go to the dashboard and click this arrow three times. Then you should see your Beacons. See the screenshot below.

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