What are BLE Beacons?

November 25, 2023

Davis Johnson

What are BLE Beacons

Indoor Wayfinding

Understanding Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) Beacons

Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons are small, battery-operated devices that utilize low-energy Bluetooth technology to transmit signals to nearby devices, such as your smartphone or tablet. These signals contain unique identifiers that can be detected by BLE-enabled devices within their proximity.

BLE beacons are an excellent choice for indoor navigation due to their low power consumption, enabling them to function for extended periods without frequent battery replacements. These devices have become a cornerstone in wayfinding technology, transforming indoor navigation into a seamless and user-friendly experience for you.

Cartogram’s Utilization of BLE Beacons

At Cartogram, we are passionate about providing you with an unparalleled indoor navigation experience, and BLE beacons play a central role in achieving this goal. We use beacons with a battery life of 3-4 years to determine the indoor location of users from transmitted signals.

Precise Location Determination

When you enter a hospital with the Cartogram-enabled app on your smartphone, either as a standalone app or by integrating our SDK into your app, our BLE-enabled technology springs into action. The app scans for nearby BLE beacons, which serve as fixed reference points within the indoor space. By detecting the unique signals from multiple beacons, our app triangulates your position with precision, providing real-time navigation to guide you on your journey.

Indoor Positioning System (IPS)

Our wayfinding software operates on an advanced Indoor Positioning System (IPS) that relies on BLE beacons as integral components. This robust system ensures continuous and accurate positioning, even in areas with limited GPS signals. Thanks to this IPS, you can navigate confidently through intricate indoor environments, knowing that we’ve got you covered every step of the way.

Seamless Navigation Experience

With BLE beacons providing continuous positioning information, our wayfinding software offers you a seamless navigation experience. Say goodbye to getting lost or feeling uncertain! You can access turn-by-turn directions, interactive maps, and voice prompts, all working harmoniously to ensure you reach your destination with ease and confidence.

Personalization and Integration

At Cartogram, we understand that every hospital is unique, and we take pride in delivering personalized solutions for your indoor navigation needs. BLE beacons’ versatility allows us to customize our wayfinding software to suit various indoor environments, whether it’s a hospital with multiple floors, a shopping mall with numerous stores, or a large corporate campus. Our technology adapts to your world, ensuring you get the most out of your indoor experience.

Advantages of BLE Beacons in Cartogram’s Wayfinding Software

  • Enhanced Precision: Our BLE beacons offer pinpoint accuracy, empowering you with reliable navigation guidance even in the most complex indoor spaces.
  • Low Power Consumption: We know the importance of long-lasting experiences. With BLE beacons’ energy efficiency, you can navigate with confidence, knowing that our system will remain fully functional throughout your journey.
  • User-Friendly Experience: Our seamless integration of BLE beacons into our software creates an intuitive and stress-free indoor navigation experience for you. You don’t need to worry about complex instructions or confusing interfaces – it’s all designed with ease
    in mind.
  • Customizable Solutions: You are at the center of what we do, and our BLE beacons’ versatility allows us to tailor our wayfinding software to your specific needs. Our solutions adapt to your venue, ensuring a personalized navigation experience that’s
    uniquely yours.
  • Future Proof: With the release of ultra-wideband SDKs for Android and iOS, BLE beacons and UWB beacons will coexist, improving security and accuracy while maintaining the BLE backbone of your installation.


Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons have emerged as game-changers in the indoor navigation landscape, revolutionizing the way people explore and navigate complex indoor environments. With Cartogram’s innovative use of BLE beacons in our wayfinding software, we empower you with precise, seamless, and user-friendly indoor navigation experiences. When you’re navigating a sprawling hospital, our BLE beacons light the path ahead, guiding you every step of the way. At Cartogram, we are committed to illuminating your indoor wayfinding journey, making it easier, more enjoyable, and tailored specifically for you. Let’s embark on this adventure together, and let our BLE beacons lead you to your destination, with confidence and ease.


In this article, we highlight the significance of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons in transforming indoor navigation experiences. BLE beacons are small devices that communicate with smartphones through low-energy Bluetooth signals, facilitating accurate indoor positioning. Cartogram utilizes BLE beacons strategically in its wayfinding software to offer precise navigation, seamless user experiences, and personalized solutions for various indoor environments. By triangulating the user’s position and providing continuous navigation guidance, Cartogram ensures stress-free exploration of complex venues like hospitals and shopping malls. The integration of BLE beacons empowers users with user-friendly turn-by-turn directions and interactive maps, making indoor navigation effortless and enjoyable. With the flexibility to customize solutions and optimize energy consumption, Cartogram’s BLE beacons shine as indispensable tools, illuminating the path for users and enhancing the indoor
navigation landscape.