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Gimbal expands product line with new USB-powered Bluetooth beacons ••• EnvisionWare launches RFID Tablet Tag ••• Camelback Resort's lodge and Aquatopia waterpark adopt PDC's RFID wristband system ••• Sandia National Lab solicits partners to commercialize 'active authentication' technology ••• More pharmacies seek automated kit-stocking technologies, according to Kit Check study.
By Beth Bacheldor
Jul 09, 2015

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Gimbal; EnvisionWare; Precision Dynamics Corp.; Sandia National Laboratories; and Kit Check.

Gimbal Expands Product Line With New USB-Powered Bluetooth Beacons

Gimbal has announced the availability of its Bluetooth Smart Gimbal Proximity Beacon U-Series 5. According to the company, the new beacon is a low-cost, low-maintenance solution that adds beacon functionality to traditional devices with USB ports, including computers, televisions, set-top-boxes, kiosks, point-of-sale (POS) terminals, vending machines, automated dispensers and more.

Gimbal's Proximity Beacon U-Series 5
Gimbal's Bluetooth-enabled beacon platform, which includes Bluetooth Smart beacons, as well as software, is context-aware and offers geofencing, proximity and interest sensing, consumer privacy controls, a communication platform and other features. It is designed to deliver targeted, real-time location data to trigger message campaigns to beacon-enabled smartphone apps, based on a user's arrival, departure and dwell times from custom-geofenced areas.

The U-Series 5 beacon is Gimbal's smallest proximity beacon to date, measuring 0.76 inch long, 0.61 inch wide and 0.28 inch high (19.3 millimeters by 15.6 millimeters by 7.1 millimeters). It is designed to enable a variety of devices to power proximity-triggered engagements to an opted-in user's mobile device, and helps retailers, venues and other beacon-enabled locations further extend their proximity networks. For added security, the U-Series 5 does not have USB data lines connected, which means it can safely be plugged into a powered USB port in a computer, POS register, ATM or other device with no risk of sending or receiving any data.

Gimbal Proximity Beacon U-Series 5 are available now for $25 apiece at https://store.gimbal.com.

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