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Insure you have Bluetooth enabled on your device before starting Beacon Cop. Once active, Beacon Cop will continually scans for Beacon sensors based on the Scan Time and Scan Interval in the Beacon Cop Apps. settings. When scanning you will see a red progress circle in the top right corner. When scanning is complete you will see the Beacons found dsplayed in the listview and the top Bar Chart updated with Device ID and signal strength. You can tap each bar in the chart to see additional information about the sensor.

Once scanning is completed you can update the Beacon name, set Tracking on/off and Alert On/Off. This cycle of scanning continues until stopped. You can start a manual scan anytime by tapping the Refresh Scan button. Both Scan Time and Scan Length can be adjusted and set within the APPs. preference settings. This allows you to customize when a scan occurs and for how long the scan lasts.

The Beacon sensor is small and was designed to be able to attach directly to a key chain, collar, handle, carried in a pocket or anywhere you can attach it. While not completely water proof it is water resistant. It is powered by a 3-volt coin battery (#2032 replaceable by user) with a life of approx. 3-8+ months.

 Deluxe Case Dimensions (L x W x H) 2.01"x1.26"x0.51"

Battery Removal: How to remove the CR2032 lithium battery.

Take a small pointed knife and push in and pry up the battery from the gold connection end. Be careful not to snap off the small plastic edges on both ends of the battery holder.

 

 

 

The setting in the APPs preference screen that can be adjusts are:

1. 'Scan Interval', this is the time between Bluetooth Smart scans. Default is 30 seconds.

2. 'Scan Length' is the length of each Scan Interval. A good starting point would be Scan Interval of 30-60 seconds with the Scan length of 20-30 seconds. You may need to adjust this as sensors move farther away or more sensors are in the area. Default is 20 seconds.

3. 'Out Of Range Max. Count', before a Beacon is considered missing this consecutive count must be reached. Default missing count is 3.

4. 'Notification Alert' this must be checked for any notification to take place. Default is on.

5. 'Notification Sound' a sound played when out of range. Default is off.

6. 'New Notification Sound' a sound played when a new Beacon comes within range. Default is on. A Beacon is considered NEW if the Track checkmark is set to off. Normally you should set all your Beacons to Track on.

7. 'Out Of Range Vibrate' your device will vibrate if out of range. Default is off.

8. 'Vibrate 1-3 Seconds' length of device vibrate. Default is 1.

9. 'Missing Distance' if you are registered with Group GPS and you report a missing Beacon, this is the maximum distance other users who have registed with Group GPS will be notified of the missing Beacon. Default is 1 mile.

10. 'Temperature Display' Display temperature in either Fahrenheit or Celisus format.

11. 'High Temperature Setting' You can set a High Temperature and be notified by sound if any Beacon equals or exceeds this temperature. A Beacon must also have the 'Alert' checked on to activate this option. Default is 0, which turns off this option.

Each Beacon Cop Beacon has a built-in temperature sensor with a −40°C to +125°C temperature range and will display the Red, Green or Blue images along with the actual temperature based on ambient air temperature. A user will only need to quickly look at each Beacon in the Beacon Cop App. to determine the comfort level of their Pet or Animal. Temperature accuracy is ±2°C accuracy over the temperature range You should only use the temperature reading as a guide and never leave a pet in a vehicle during the summer months.

Each Beacon can be assigned a Unique Name of up to 21 characters. Just tap the ID of a sensor in the listview and a summary of the Beacon is displayed. Tap Add/Edit Name and enter the Beacon name.

Each Beacon can be individually set to response when it goes out of range by checking the Track On/Off option to ON in the Beacon Listview. Likewise to play a alarm sound, vibrate or notification will depend on your App. preference settings.

Both the notification Alert and Sound must be checked in the preference settings to play a sound and receive a Out Of Range Notification on your device.

A Beacon is considered NEW if the Track checkmark is off. A New beacon sound will play if the new notification sound in preferences is set to play.

An additional feature of Beacon Cop allows you to report both Missing or Found Beacons to Beacon Cop App. users.

In order to be able to do this you must first Register as a Cloud Messaging user. Do this by tapping theCloud Messaging button. You can either register or unregister from the Cloud Messaging. To register enter your full name and a valid email address (you will receive emails with this address) and tap the register button. If you see the 'You Are Already Registered' message, the only action you can do is unregister. Once you register you will not need to do anything else, the registration remains until you unregister, remove the App. or uninstall and clean all the data off your device.

If you report a missing Beacon and it is found by other users of the Beacon Cop App. they have the option to report a found Beacon that is not their's. It may have just wandered into their device range and shows up on their Beacon scan. If this Beacon is missing the owner of the Beacon can be notified both by a notification message appearing on the Beacon owner's device and a email will be send with a map link of where the Beacon was reported found.

When your missing Beacon is found and you are notified you should delete your missing Beacon from the Group GPS by clicking the Missing button and selecting Delete. This will remove the missing Beacon.

Beacon Hints:

If you need to completly turn off the Bluetooth Beacon scannning you can tap the Beacon Cop image in the top tray and then tap the Scanning is (ON) to Scanning is (OFF). No scanning will be take place until you set Scanning is (On). This is good if you have to leave an area and don't want to be notified as you move out of the area and the Beacon remains.

You can tell which Beacon is the closest and which is furthest away by looking at the -dBm signal displayed for each Beacon in the Beacon Cop App. The furthest away Beacon will have the highest -dBm signal, example: -100 dBm. Likewise the closest will have the lowest -dBm signal, example: -45 dBm.

Beacon Cop does NOT autimatically restart if you shut your phone device off. If you shut down you will need to go back to you Apps. Menu on your device and click the "Beacon Cop" App.

During scanning you will not be able to made changes to Beacon Cop. Wait until scanning has completed to change or make updated.

Since Bluetooth Low Energy is still relatively new your smart device Operating System may still have bugs in it. If you stop receving signals from your Beacon you can turn off Bluetooth on your device and then turn back on. This is done in your device settings. Also as you add new Beacons you may have to go to your Bluetooth settings and click the "Search for Bluetooth Devices" before they show up in Beacon cop. Worst care if you don't see the Beacons in the App. you may need to shut down the device and turn back on to see the beacons in the Beacon Cop app.

The Beacon Cop Beacon can be made water proof by using shoe glue or plumming goop around the seam and 2 scews of the Beacon Case. When you have to replace the battery just peel off the glue, replace the battery and then re-glue.

Understanding A Fresnel Zone, How A Beacon Signal Works And Shape Of The Coverage Area:

What is a Fresnel zone and why is it important? Fist, what is it? A Fresnel zone is a cylindrical ellipse drawn between transmitter and receiver. The size of the Beacon ellipse is determined by the frequency of operation and the distance between the two sites.

When a Bluetooth Low Energy radio signal travels between transmitter and receiver, it can travel in several ways. It can go directly between transmitter and receiver (main signal). Signal can reflect off the ground and then carry on to the distant receiver (reflected signal). It can go left or right and be reflected back by a hill (another reflected signal). Fresnel zone radius describes this reflection in relation to overall radio path length. Figure 2 above shows main and reflected signals and F1 (first Fresnel zone) and F2 (second Fresnel zone). The reflection can happen at any location between the transmitter and receiver. The figure shows the reflection happening at a random location, not the centre of the path. When a signal is reflected two things happen. the phase of the signal reverses and the signal changes in phase by 180º. Since the signal is being reflected and not going in a direct line, it travels slightly further to the refection point and then on to the receiver. Therefore, the signal is shifted further in phase, by the difference in path length. Over a long path, this can amount to 180º or more.

This is being pointed out so you will understand that there will be dead spots within the Bluetooth Low Energy signal. This signal pattern will also be the same for both Front and Back of the Beacon. As you can see from the diagram above the ability to recieve a signal will decrease in size as it moves further away.