813 iLocate: Using iBeacons in Training Programs

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Friday, November 18

Emerging Tech


iBeacons allow learners to interact with their environment in new ways that were not possible even five years ago. While many learning professionals are aware of iBeacons and their disruptive possibilities, many do not understand the fundamental concepts or how to implement the devices in their training programs. Beacons can be used to provide location context in eLearning and create low-bandwidth augmented reality experiences.

In this session, you will learn about the different ways that the retail industry is using iBeacons and how you can use them in the training space. You will review how an iBeacon works and the iBeacon’s different protocols. This session also will discuss the findings of an iBeacon pilot that has been successful at CPI Security. Finally, discuss how to create beacon-driven training: both with vendor-provided tools and free open-source options. By the end of this session, you will be equipped with the tools and knowledge to deploy iBeacons in your company’s training programs.

In this session, you will learn:

  • The fundamentals of iBeacon technology
  • About successful implementations of iBeacon technology
  • About different providers of iBeacon devices and services
  • The basics of iOS application design for iBeacon training
  • About upcoming advancements with beacon technology

Intermediate and advanced designers, developers, project managers, managers, and directors.

Technology discussed in this session:
iBeacon, Eddystone, Estimote, iOS/Swift Programming, PhoneGap, Cordova, Google Drive, and iPad.

Frazier Smith

Human Resources Program Manager


Frazier Smith is an HR training manager for SnapAV, the leading manufacturer and distributor of audio, video, networking, surveillance, power, and structured wiring products for custom integrators. Frazier has managed custom learning management systems with over 24,000 users and developed native learning experiences using Swift and xAPI. Frazier holds a master of education in instructional systems technology from UNC–Charlotte and is currently studying for his doctorate at Sam Houston State University in instructional systems technology and design. At DevLearn 2016, Frazier won the Best in Show (Non-Vendor) award for DemoFest.

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