BOSTON, April, 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Swirl Networks, the leading in-store digital marketing technology provider, announced today that its beacon hardware and software platform now fully support Google's secure beacon broadcast frame, Eddystone-EID. Swirl was one of a select group of companies that has been collaborating with Google to make this secure beacon protocol available to marketers and location owners who have a strong need for beacon signal and data security. The Eddystone-EID frame type adds to Swirl's existing support for Eddystone formats including Eddystone-URL, which allows Google Chrome users to easily access URL's relevant to their surroundings, and Eddystone-UID, an open beacon format that supports Android and iOS devices.
Google launched Eddystone, its open Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacon format in 2015. Eddystone's extensible frame formats were designed to support a variety of use cases, including enabling marketers to deliver relevant mobile experiences based on a user's physical location. Eddystone works across Android and iOS devices. Eddystone-EID incorporates Ephemeral Identifiers, frequently changing beacon location identifiers that can only be decoded by authorized clients, to support privacy and security-sensitive applications.
Swirl's industry-leading beacon hardware can be configured to broadcast a variety of Bluetooth communication protocols, including all of the Eddystone frame formats. In addition to providing a full suite of in-store digital marketing capabilities, Swirl's cloud-based software platform also delivers enterprise-class beacon management functionality. Using the Swirl software platform, retailers can control and manage access to Swirl beacons, as well as a variety of compatible third party beacon hardware.
"For leading retailers who are deploying and managing large-scale beacon networks, security and privacy continue to be top priorities," said Swirl founder and CEO Hilmi Ozguc. "Eddystone-EID provides a trusted layer of security that allows these retailers to tightly control their in-store beacon signals, thus preventing unauthorized users from gaining access to a hugely valuable data asset. We look forward to continuing our work with Google to grow the beacon marketing ecosystem and create even greater value for consumers and retailers."
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Swirl offers leading retailers the industry's most advanced platform for in-store digital marketing. By leveraging the power of mobile presence, Swirl is enabling retailers to create a powerful omnichannel advantage with their brick and mortar stores. Swirl's patented technology is used by leading retailers such as Lord & Taylor, Hudson's Bay, Urban Outfitters, Alex and Ani, Timberland and many more. Swirl is backed by top-tier investors including Twitter, Simon, Hearst, SoftBank and Longworth Venture Partners.
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