Apple iBeacon with AirWatch Agent v5.1+ helps manage location awareness for devices. Using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), iBeacons provide a more efficient way to track devices than using geofencing.
Bluetooth Low Energy does not drain the battery life of a device, and you can establish iBeacons to observe multiple regions simultaneously, providing more precise monitoring. This functionality also allows more privacy for end users because devices are only tracked when the device enters or exits specific locations, instead of being constantly monitored.
After setting up a third-party iBeacon, configure the iBeacon in the UEM console. Next, create iBeacon regions to monitor. Last, push device profiles with iBeacon functionality to manage iBeacons within the configured regions using the AirWatch Agent. Detect when the device enters these regions and use device event logs to find changes in iBeacon ranges.
Requirements for iBeacon
- Workspace ONE UEM console v8.1+
iBeacons from a third-party vendor
- AirWatch Agent v5.1 + for iOS
- Location services on the device must be enabled
- Bluetooth must be enabled
iPhone 4S+, iPad mini+, iPad 3rd Generation+, iPod touch 5th Generation+
iBeacon Operations Details
- A maximum of 20 regions, including geofencing and iBeacon groups may be assigned to the device. This is the maximum amount that Apple allows. A high number of iBeacon groups assigned to the device increases battery consumption on the device.
- The AirWatch Agent monitors iBeacons only. It does not use the ranging technique that determines the proximity of the device to iBeacon transmitter.
- If the AirWatch Agent is killed before a device exits the iBeacon group, the device is not detected until the AirWatch Agent is launched again.