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Use a Beacon to check in guests and share Emergency info

I had to put together a simple demo that uses a beacon to check in a visitor and share Emergency information, such as Fire Exits in the building, with the user .
(Note: this isn't the best way to check in a guest - but this was the request).

Most beacon demos require some native coding - but this approach favours configuration over coding so that you can get a concept working quickly before spending time on a native app.

What you will need
1. A Google account
2. A Beacon - I used a beacon from Bluecats (https://bluecats.com/)
3. Any iOs device (OS 8+) or Android Device with Google Chrome installed

How it works
You will set up the Beacon set up to emit a static URL using the Eddystone protocol.
The URL will navigate the user to a Google Web Form. You can use any URL (your own website if you want) but it must be using HTTPS.

Any device with BLE support, with an appropriate receiving app, will pick up the URL.  But therein lies the problem ! Most guests will not have the native app and…