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Onyx Beacon Launches Enterprise-Ready Secure Beacon to Support Production Deployments
Onyx Beacon (www.onyxbeacon.com), a European provider of iBeacon™ compatible technology, has launched today the Secure Beacon, which can be deployed in various industries, from retail to banking, from event management to home automation. After receiving great feedback from mobile developers around the world for our initial beacon, the logical step for us was to make a beacon which can be deployed at scale, thus requiring better management and security features.
The vast majority of beacons out there don't have security features in place, which means that anybody with a mobile app can basically change their configuration (UUID, Major and Minor), effectively hijacking them for their own purposes. The most important thing a beacon does is broadcast its identifiers, so that the mobile apps will know what message to deliver once the smartphone is in a certain range of a beacon. When a company goes beyond simply exploring a new technology, to production deployments of thousands, security becomes a major concern.
Our Secure Beacon has a high level of security due to a mix of encryption, randomness and simplicity. The encryption is based on a combination of AES-128 and MAC (Message Authentication Code), relying on a dedicated hardware coprocessor embedded in our beacons. The configuration process is greatly simplified by moving away from the mobile client and assigning this responsibility to the server side Beacon Management Software. This provides a secure way to configure and manage large-scale deployments, avoiding beacon loss to UUID hijacking.
This new line of products changes our delivery options, with the secure beacons replacing our current offering with the price remaining the same (59 €/3 beacons). The price for our first version of beacons will drop at 45 €/3 beacons. We decided to keep the first version as an affordable option for developers testing out the technology.
"Being among the first vendors to offer a complete package of beacons, SDK for iOS and Android, and a BMS to manage any type of beacons, we want to be at the forefront of the proximity mobile revolution that has started last year. With the offering of our Beacon Management Software as an API, we provide a unique solution to mobile developers, digital agencies, retailers and other businesses who want to integrate this new technology in their current mobile apps. Improving security was just the next logical step in our efforts to transform the novelty beacons into commodity devices easy to adopt and deploy," said Bogdan Oros, Onyx Beacon CoFounder.
About Onyx Beacon
Headquartered in Europe and launched at the end of 2013, Onyx Beacon is a startup which is at the forefront of the mobile proximity revolution through the technology it develops.