Thursday, 16 July 2015

Location based sensors using IBM Presence Insights

Okay, okay, okay..... so this "might" be a little bit of a promo for IBM, but I have to say this is a really interesting field to work with.
There are loads of scenarios that you can think of where you could utilise the beacons to detect the location of a persons smartphone


If you want to get up and running using IBM Presence Insights via Bluemix, click on the following link and press the BIG red button at the bottom, it'll guide you through all you need: https://presenceinsights.ng.bluemix.net/piui/


Here's the link to the generic sales/marketing web site link


To be able to try this out, you'll need:

  • Android smartphone (okay, you "can" have an iPhone....but, pfffhhh, if you must, there is an SDK for both)
  • A couple of Beacons (you can get some from beaconinside.com - they're not the smallest, but they'll do the job and not break the bank)
  • Some time to write a sample app using either Eclipse+ADT or Android Studio



I'll do a proper article/write-up of an end-to-end setup and usage using Android in the near future.

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