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Eddystone is an open standard for bluetooth beacon signals developed by Google.[1] Ein beacon is a small bluetooth sender (typically with it's own power supply, like a small batterie), which continously emits signals over Bluetooth Low Energy[2] (Bluetooth LE). With these signals, mobile devices, such as smartphones, can locate their position.[3]

The competing standard from Apple is called iBeacon.[4] However, Eddystone-Beacons can be used with iOS-devices, too.[5]


The name Eddystone was choosen after a british lighthouse, which is located at the coast of the Cornwall county.[6]


  1. "Eddystone format". developer.google.com (Offizielle Entwickler-Doku von Google). Abgerufen am 2018-03-08. 
  2. "Bluetooth Low Energy (4.0 / 4.1 / 4.2)". elektronik-kompendium.de. Abgerufen am 2018-03-08. 
  3. Galen Gruman (2014-07-22). "What you need to know about using Bluetooth beacons". infoworld.com. Abgerufen am 2018-03-08. 
  4. "iBeacon". developer.apple.com (Offizielle Entwickler-Doku von Apple). Abgerufen am 2018-03-08. 
  5. "Intro to Eddystone". deverloper.estimote.com (Entwickler-Doku von Estimote). Abgerufen am 2018-03-09. These packets can be discovered with any BLE APIs, e.g., Core Bluetooth on iOS [...] 
  6. Ron Amadeo (2014-07-14). "Meet Google’s >Eddystone< — a flexible, open source iBeacon fighter". arstechnica.com. Abgerufen am 2018-03-09. The name "Eddystone" might sound a little weird, but Google says it's named after the Eddystone Lighthouse in the UK. The motif is that beacons guide users and apps in the real world the same way lighthouses guide ship captains in the night.