Bluvision beacons track winds from Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma is the first major hurricane to make landfall in South Florida since hurricane Wilma in 2005. A Category 4 when it hit the Keys in Florida, over 400 miles wide with sustained winds of over 152 miles per hour, Irma caused widespread and catastrophic damage in parts of the northeastern Caribbean and Florida Keys. While Florida escaped being in the path of the eye of the storm, it was still reported to have gotten peak gusts at 72mph and sustained winds at 53mph. At the Bluvision headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, while we boarded up the office and hunkered down in our homes with flashlights, we put our trusted beacons to work on the office glass windows. The idea was to see the effect of vibration on the glass windows and also monitor HVAC so we get real-time alerts on power outages.

We placed a beacon each on the conference room windows facing the four directions– North, East, South, West. The Bluvision team kept checking the status of the beacons in Bluzone, our cloud solution.

BEEKs placed on Bluvision Office windows







Bluvision BEEKs beacons with embedded sensors

Bluvision beacons have embedded sensors for temperature (-30°C to +77°C range), motion (3-axis accelerometer), ambient light, magnetic current, and others.












Irma passed through Fort Lauderdale sometime after noon on Sunday September 10, 2017. As you can see form the hi-speed Z-axis vibration that the highest peak of vibration occurred at 2 PM shortly after which there was a power outage for 3 days as can be seen with the dip and inactivity in the metric. What can also be noted is that the winds were coming South-West so the East window experienced the most vibration.

Highest winds recorded on Bluvision Office windows during Irma


Tracking power outage at Bluvision office during Irma


We are lucky Irma passed through without causing much damage to us at Fort Lauderdale. We are also glad we were able to monitor the office status remotely using our beacons and didn’t have to sit through the sweltering heat at 107.6°F.

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Read about how Bluvision beacons can be used to monitor temperature of perishable items during power outages.

Subhashree SukhuBluvision beacons track winds from Hurricane Irma
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Bluvision SDKs and BEEKS App Developer Updates | June 5, 2015

Attention Bluvision Developer Community: our team is thrilled to announce our completely updated Android and iOS software development kits (SDKs). Each platform SDK is now available for download on the Bluvision developer site. The enhancements include:

  • Intelligent beacon scan
    Improved beacon scanning to help you see what’s important. Our new SDKs allow you to create and apply various filters to your beacon scan. You only want to see beacons with a particular signal strength and certain identifiers. Set up those filters and that’s what you get!
  • Easy access to advertisement values
    Want to know what your beacon is broadcasting? The SDKs will tell you as soon as you start scanning for beacons. Each advertisement value (such as a beacon’s identifier) is automatically read, parsed and made available for you.
  • Simplified beacon interaction
    Know all about your beacons by just connecting to them. Their details will automatically be read and stored within a configuration for your convenience. To change your settings, just create another configuration and have our SDKs write it to the beacon.
  • Safe configuration
    Safety first! The new SDKs ensure that you don’t change any beacon settings in a way that would harm its functionality and connectivity. If you try to configure your beacons with a wrong setting, the SDKs will correct it for you.
  • Easy beacon ranging
    Location, location, location. Each beacon that our SDK has scanned now includes a distance estimate by default.
  • Documentation
    Need more information? See the latest SDK documentation (Android/iOS) in BitBucket and the SDK app change log in our public Confluence portal.


That’s not all! To better support Bluvision’s worldwide developer community, we’ve updated our BEEKS application in the iOS App Store. The enhancements include:

  • Full support for iOS 8 and iPhone 6/6 Plus.
  • Firmware updates for iBEEK, BEEKS Extend and BEEKS Pro beacons.
  • Fine-grained advertisement rate setup; set the advertisement rate of your beacons from 0.2 Hz up through 10 Hz in 0.1 Hz steps.
  • Individual advertisement rate and transmission power setup for sBeacon and iBeacon.
  • Individual advertisement rate and transmission power setup for a beacon’s standard and energy saving modes.
  • Individual transmission power settings for each beacon type. BEEKS Extend beacons can now be set up to broadcast with up to +4 dBm. iBEEK beacons can go up to +5 dBm or all the way down to -50 dBm.

Want to learn more and experience these updates for yourself? Visit the Bluvision developer website now!

Matthew JohnsonBluvision SDKs and BEEKS App Developer Updates | June 5, 2015
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