GPS and iBeacon technology complement each other and target different necessities. GPS is widely adopted in applications that require outdoor positioning information without a high degree of precision, such as sports tracking apps or services like Apple’s “Find My iPhone”. Beacons, on the other hand, don't rely on GPS or Wi-Fi, and they can also be used indoors (where GPS can’t be used with acceptable level of accuracy), providing a much higher level of accuracy in proximity-based applications.
Beacons, like GPS, can also be utilised to inform user location within multiple beacons with a higher degree of precision if compared to GPS, but just like continuous GPS positioning, BLE-based positioning techniques can be battery intensive, and in most cases, they require the app to be running and completely open on the device’s screen. That said, iBeacon technology was primarily created to provide proximity-based or contextual data to iOS apps, where simple and single notifications are dispatched to the app once the user gets close to a venue or object. Little Birdy app created by CodeFish Studio is the perfect example.
A smarter version of BLE allows customers to do some extra actions just tapping the phone on an hardware called SmartBase by CodeFish Studio. This hardware work within different ranges, from the range of 40 meters to localise the person inside the venue to a "zero range" that require the contact between smartphone and hardware that allow the customer to pay, redeem or make any sort of transaction similar interaction as ApplePay. Contact Us to grab a coffee and discuss about your idea!