Kontakt.io is rolling out an exciting new feature today: the ability to schedule your beacons to go to “sleep” by changing their transmission interval to once every 2 seconds, reducing your power consumption of the beacon to almost 0! That’s leads to a fantastic increase in battery life. In most deployments where the beacons can be set to go to sleep for around half of the day, that roughly doubles how long your beacons can last--up to four years!
Update (Feb 2016): The Power Sleep feature is supported on beacons running on firmware v3.1. or lower.
Here’s how it works:
That’s it--job’s done!
Unsurprisingly, there are more features in the API for managing your beacon’s power modes.
WARNING: The API does not validate the settings for power modes; it is possible for you to set the interval for the beacon to several days, or to lower the tX power in the settings so that you can no longer connect to and manage your beacons via a Cloud Beacon.
How it works:
You can create scheduled tasks which can change the beacon (or cloud beacons) properties, such as the TX power or transmission interval, or even the UUID, major, and minor values. There are two ways you can do this: