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Integrating with Fosbury Explore

In this Article I will explain how to use a pack of 4 Glimworm Beacons together with the Fosbury Explore platform in order to set up a demo

Fosbury is one of the leading iBeacon platform provider and has a number of products which can be used to get up and running with the minimum of effort. Their Explore product gives you the ability to download an app from the AppStore and immediately make a demo of your platform.

Fosbury has an e-wallet based platform which allows you to create PassBook cards which is an even simpler way to demonstrate iBeacons to your clients and also has a downloadable SDK with which you can embed the Fosbury system into your own apps. These are covered in 2 additional tutorials

fosbury explore


 

Step1 – Set up the beacons

For this, as in most of my other tutorials, you will need 4 beacon set up with the following scheme. I Use this in most of my tutorials and there is a separate page dedicated to explaining how to perform this setup

# Name UUID Major Minor Range
1 Bobby [default] 100 1 20m
2 Barney [default] 100 2 20m
3 Brendan [default] 100 3 20m
4 Cindy [default] 200 1 20m

 

Step2 – Login to Fosbury

The nice guys at Fosbury provide a 14 day trial of their platform which is great because it allows you to follow this tutorial without paying. In order to continue you need to follow these steps

Get a login

Set up the beacons





Create the Experiences

Fosbury calls thee potential actions you can attach to beacons Expereiences In our case we are going to set up the following 3 Expereinces

  • Bobby will welcome you when you come near
  • Barney will lead you to a website
  • Cindy will call a Webservice when you come nearby and when you leave

Lets start by setting up Bobby’s Expereince


Bobby

Bobby will welcome us

Barney

Barney will display a link to a website

Cindy

Now for the most complicated – cindy will inform a web service when you enter and leave her region. For this one please enter your own email address in the web hook string as this will be used later

In the example you will need to enter a web hook and in this case we have one that you can use for testing, just substitute the email you are using for your Fosbury account after the &em parameter. You will need 2 experiences, one for entering the zone and one for exit

Entering the zone

For this Expereice use the following web hook replacing [email protected] with your own name

https://glimwormbeacons.com:3000/webhook/[email protected]&e=in&b=cindy

Exiting the zone

For this Expereice use the following web hook replacing [email protected] with your own name

https://glimwormbeacons.com:3000/webhook/[email protected]&e=out&b=cindy

 

Step3 – Download the App

fosbury explore

The Fosbury app can be downloaded from the App Store and you should use the same login at you used to sign up for your 14 day trial so that all of your Experiences are downloaded.

Download

Login

Login to the app using your Fosbury account and the experiences will be synchronised to your device



Check the experiences

In you now press “Show Expereices” you will see the list of experiences that have been synchronised to the app. and it should look like this



 

Step 4 – Try out Bobby

Now we are ready to demo – first move towards Bobby. You should see a message like this

 

Step 5 – Try out Barney

Now we are ready to demo – first move towards Barney. You should see a message like this



 

Step 6 – Now we are ready for the Finale – Cindy

Cindy requires you to be able to see the effects of the web hook you entered. I have set up a page in which you can do this. Navigate your browser to

 https://glimwormbeacons.com:3000/ 

and then enter your email and select Fosbury Explore

When you enter cindy’s zone you should see the screen acknowledge this by changing the images at the top half of the screen and down below you will see the JSON payload



I won’t explain in full how the web hook works but it is a nodeJS Express and socket.io installation which is available for you to demo

 

Round up

In this tutorial you should now have a working Fosbury Explore app and a demo you can show your clients

The back office of Fosbury can be used to integrate with the full API and to integrate with a custom app