While Google didn’t make any major announcements at its Ubiquity IoT Developer Summit this week, the search engine giant did highlight its intention to further the development of open source IoT applications – where its open version of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons took center stage.
Interesting news for Gimbal (a Qualcomm spin-out), one of iBeacon’s many hardware partners. Though they haven’t yet announced any alliance with Google, it’s clear Google will be thinking far more widely than just about near term alliances. Gimbal recently announced a new partnership with digital signage manufacturer NanoLumens, to add its beacon functionality to the entire NanoLumens product line. The USB beacons will be plugged into the panels, allowing NanoLumens customers to add mobile app integrations and proximity services to their deployments.