GCell Launches World's First Indoor Solar Powered iBeacon

Apr 11, 2016, 08:38 ET from GCell

NEWPORT, Wales, April 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

GCell announces entry into the iBeacon hardware market with their G100 Indoor Solar Beacon. The World's first energy harvesting iBeacon offers a renewable energy supply and a 100-millisecond advertising rate as default.

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The G100 Indoor Solar Beacon is an enterprise grade iBeacon aimed at large-scale deployments.  It has the longest lifespan.

The number of beacons deployed Worldwide has exceeded six million, according to proximity marketing directory http://www.Proxbook.com. The use of beacons throughout airports, cinemas, hotels, retail stores and sports stadia allow the broadcasting of Bluetooth signals that a smartphone can receive and understand. This makes it possible for brands and venues to communicate with audiences at a precise location at the time of their visit.

Utilising their expertise in energy harvesting GCell plans to overcome one of the major challenges constraining the mass adoption of iBeacon since Apple introduced the technology in June 2013.

Professor Michael Grätzel, recipient of the 2012 Albert Einstein World Award of Science and the 2010 Millennium Technology Prize for inventing Dye Sensitised Cells, commented "I am delighted that GCell have introduced the World's first indoor solar powered iBeacon. GCell continue to lead the way for the use of indoor photovoltaics. I anticipate that this is the first of a series of indoor wireless beaconing and smart sensor devices powered by a renewable energy source."

Barry Jenkins from GCell remarked "We have been patiently watching the iBeacon ecosystem to mature. We quickly recognised that battery-life is one of the biggest challenges for iBeacon industry growth. Initially Beacon hardware vendors used small coin cell batteries typically lasting less than a year. Each time a beacon requires a replacement battery there is an associated service cost that adds to the total cost of ownership."

The G100 Indoor Solar Beacon uses a renewable energy source to enable broadcasting at the Apple iBeacon standard of 100-milliseconds advertising rate for the life of the product. The higher advertising rate allows application developers to target users and navigate indoors more accurately.

The introduction of the G100 Indoor Solar Beacon will see GCell partner with proximity platform providers and indoor location service providers to benefit the enterprise, retail, sports and leisure applications of iBeacon.

Pre-orders for GCell Beacon Development Kits are being taken at the website http://www.ibeacon.solar. Additional GCell Beacon products are set to be launched later in 2016.

About GCell 

GCell is the brand leader in the design, manufacture and introduction of disruptive technologies for use in portable consumer electronics, wireless sensing and autonomous beaconing devices. GCell is making disposable batteries obsolete with the use of energy harvesting, ultra-low power electronics and hybrid energy solutions. GCell's commitment to innovation in autonomous ambient intelligence gives users the freedom to disconnect from mains power and not be restricted by the limitations of batteries.

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