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Stick our tiny beacons in any location or to any object
to create new, contextually rich mobile experiences.

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What are Estimote Beacons?

Estimote Beacons and Stickers are small wireless sensors that you can attach to any location or object. They broadcast tiny radio signals which your smartphone can receive and interpret, unlocking micro-location and contextual awareness.

With the Estimote SDK, apps on your smartphone are able to understand their proximity to nearby locations and objects, recognizing their type, ownership, approximate location, temperature and motion. Use this data to build a new generation of magical mobile apps that connect the real world to your smart device.

Estimote Beacons are certified iBeacon™ compatible and ready for deployment at scale.

How does it work?

Estimote Beacons and Stickers are tiny computers. They have a powerful ARM processor, memory, Bluetooth Smart module, and temperature and motion sensors. Powered by a coin battery, they broadcast radio signals through built-in antennas.

Smart devices in range receive those signals and compatible installed apps can then respond. The exact form of that response - whether a notification or another action - is up to you; our platform is fully flexible.

Estimote’s SDK and Cloud tie everything together by granting apps full access to the metadata, including beacon ownership, object type, and precise location. They also enable security and other services on top of the beacons.

import Estimote

let estimote = Estimote(appID: "myapp", secret: "contextisking")
estimote.startDiscoveringNearables(type: Estimote.NearableType.Shoe)

func estimoteDidDiscoverNearables(nearables: [Estimote.Nearable]!) {
    let shoesThatMayInterestThisUser = nearables.filter {
      $0.isInMotion(forTheLast: 5.seconds)
    }
    if (estimote.user.isReturningCustomer(within: 1.month)) {
        // send a discount notification
    }
}

See other examples and the full Estimote Beacons SDK on our GitHub and API Documentation pages. A brand new SDK designed specifically for Stickers will be ready later this Fall.

What are the practical applications?

Thanks to iBeacon™ technology, smartphones can now “see” more of the world around them, opening up an endless set of possibilities for richer, more personalized experiences.

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With Estimote’s beacons and software (particularly Estimote Indoor Location), you can build new mobile interactions, from proximity marketing to contactless payments to in-venue analytics. Developers worldwide are building apps in retail, education, healthcare, transportation, hospitality and more. See examples in our Community Portal.

How do I get started?

Start with Estimote Beacons, the most popular iBeacon™ compatible hardware on the market. They are production ready and add contextual intelligence to any physical space.

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Estimote Beacons Developer Kit

Estimote Beacons Estimote Beacons Developer Kit

Dev Kit with 3 Beacons

  • Default battery life 3 years; maximum life 5+ years
  • ARM M0 Cortex, BLE, motion & temperature sensors
  • Configurable UUID & broadcast range, up to 70m
  • Over the air firmware & security upgrades
  • Full iOS and Android compatibility
  • SDK used by more than 25,000 developers
Certificates:

Estimote Beacon certifications

Buy 3 Estimote Beacons for $99 now

We ship daily to any country in the world.

You can also pre-order Estimote Stickers. They are complementary to Beacons. Designed with a significantly smaller and thinner form factor, they turn any object into a “nearable,” a smart thing connected to the Internet.

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Estimote Stickers Developer Kit

Estimote Stickers Developer Kit

Dev Kit with 10 Sticker Beacons

  • Cost-effective prototyping kit for nearables
  • Pre-programmed with nearable-specific context
  • SDK 2.0 - simpler, higher-level abstraction
  • Full iOS and Android compatibility
  • Only 3mm / 0.1" thick including adhesive layer
  • ARM M0 Cortex, BLE, motion & temperature sensors
  • Backwards compatible with Estimote apps and cloud
  • Default battery life approximately 1 year

Certificates: pending

Pre-order 10 Sticker Beacons for $99

We will charge only when we ship (later this Fall)

Download our apps to demo and configure your beacons.

Get it on Google Play

Still have more questions?

We've been developing beacon technologies since 2012, and have a dedicated team supporting more than 25,000 developers working with Estimote products. We've probably answered more questions about beacons than anyone else. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions - visit our Community Portal for in-depth discussions with our team and other experts around the world.

Beacons & Stickers

How long does a battery last?

Inside each Beacon and Sticker is a non-rechargeable lithium battery. A beacon’s lifetime depends on its configuration. At default factory settings, Estimote Beacons last for about 2.5 - 3 years. You can extend the lifetime to over 4 years by activating power modes. Estimote Stickers last for around one year.

What is a Beacon's range?

The typical range of Bluetooth low-energy radio modules is up to 70 m (230 ft.). Of course, it depends on the location, because radio signals could be absorbed or diffracted.

What is the difference between Beacons and Stickers?

Beacons have a bigger battery and were designed for venues like retail stores, museums or airports. Stickers can turn things into "nearables" - smart objects fully detectable by your mobile device.

Can Estimotes be placed outdoors?

The case made of soft silicone is waterproofed. You can install them outdoors but please note that Bluetooth radio signals are heavily absorbed by water, so rain will reduce the beacon's signal strength. Also consider that operating beacons in temperatures over 60°C (140°F) or below -10°C (14°F) can reduce battery life.

Do they come with additional sensors?

Estimote Beacons and Stickers are both equipped with accelerometers and temperature sensors, making it possible to measure both motion and the surrounding environment.

SDK & Software

What kind of apps can be developed with Estimotes?

Basically, the possibilities are endless. Beacons can be used to develop apps that feature contactless payments, proximity marketing, automated check-ins, and more. Stickers placed on objects allow these objects to communicate contextual information, opening a new world of possibilities around apps for everyday objects such as your fridge, bed, bicycle or even your dog.

Which mobile devices are compatible?

Technically, all Bluetooth Smart-enabled devices could pick up Bluetooth Low Energy signals. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group maintains a list of devices that support Bluetooth Low Energy. These include Apple devices from iPhone 4S onwards and Android devices like: Samsung Galaxy S devices, Google Nexus, Google Glass and many more.

Do I need an app in order to interact with Estimotes?

Yes, our Beacons and Stickers just send a Bluetooth signal, it’s an app that will trigger action on a user's screen based on proximity to a particular beacon. Without an app no magic will happen. Download the Estimote App from the App Store to try out some of the possibilities.

How can I start playing with them?

Check out our Getting Started page, created specially to help you start with this new technology.

Ordering & Shipping

When will I get my order?

Beacons are shipping on a daily basis and normally you can expect them within a week of placing the order. After the purchase is made you will receive a confirmation email with a tracking number. We will start shipping the first batch of Estimote Stickers in later this Fall.

Is it possible to order a larger quantity?

Yes! Please contact us directly and we’ll be happy to offer a volume discount.

It’s awesome! Where can I buy?

For now you can buy our beacons only through our website. We ship worldwide and we can deliver them even to Antarctica.

What is your return policy?

Your satisfaction is very important for us. If you’re not happy with Beacons or Stickers, you can return them within 15 days after arrival - see our terms of sale.

Can Estimote be used at scale?

If you’re ready to deploy beacon technology at scale, we can help. Our hardware is production ready, certified (FCC, CE & IC, as well as Apple’s iBeacon™ program) and already deployed in dozens of countries. We ship bulk orders daily and our Beacons and SDK are trusted by everyone from startups to Fortune 500 companies.

We offer enterprise-grade tools and services via Estimote Cloud. These include field-tested API’s for analytics and fleet management, as well as the most sophisticated power optimization and security software on the market.

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Our offices in New York, San Francisco and Krakow actively support a global developer community of 25,000 and counting.

Why should I work with you?

With a team of 45 and growing (join us!), we have deep expertise in hardware, software, data science and more, born out of hundreds of thousands of hours of development experience. We can be a true partner at every step of your iBeacon™ deployment, from initial testing to full-scale rollout.

Backed by leading US investors, Estimote was founded in March 2012 with the goal of changing how consumers interact daily with the world around them.

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We have dedicated business teams in the US and Europe. Our R&D and manufacturing is based in Central Europe where we meet demanding standards for privacy and security.

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