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By Beth Bacheldor

Embarcadero Unveils BeaconFence Zone-Management Software for Developers

Embarcadero Technologies, a provider of software solutions for application and database development, has introduced BeaconFence, its beacon-based user-location and zone-management software for developers. With BeaconFence, Embarcadero reports, developers can now provide a solution that uses off-the-shelf beacons to achieve high-precision tracking of users, indoors or outdoors, via standard Bluetooth-enabled smartphones and tablets that individuals already carry.

Designed to make it easier for developers and independent software vendors to add interactive user and device proximity support to iOS, Android, Microsoft Windows and OS X applications, BeaconFence can be employed in a range of applications, the company explains, and is particularly suited for retail, health-care, entertainment and manufacturing applications.

According to Embarcadero, BeaconFence enables the development of highly interactive applications that utilize end-user, customer or device proximity to or within any physical location, building or object. The software works with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons complying with Apple's iBeacon specification and AltBeacon, authored by Radius Networks as an open, interoperable specification for beacons. It supports simple radial zones, as well as polygonal zones of virtually any shape or layout. According to Embarcadero, developers simply import a blueprint, bird's-eye photo or drawing of the physical location layout, visually place beacons, and draw zones. BeaconFence then provides user or device location tracking, the firm adds, including zone enter or exit events. The software also supports Delphi, RAD Studio and C++Builder (with support for Visual Studio, Xcode, Java and Xamarin coming soon).

BeaconFence is available now from Embarcadero and its partners. A free developer edition is available at www.embarcadero.com/products/beaconfence.

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