“Battery-life is one of the biggest challenges for the Beacon industry growth due to the high servicing costs. Each time a beacon requires a replacement battery there is an associated service cost, and that adds to the total cost of ownership,” said Barry Jenkins from UK-based GCell, a new maker of Bluetooth beacons for proximity marketing.
The company just announced their entry into the iBeacon hardware market with the G100 Indoor Solar Beacon. This energy harvesting iBeacon offers a renewable energy supply and a 100-millisecond advertising rate as default.
Price of the GCell G100 starts at Â£33 GBP at low volumes and the company offers discounts for large volumes.