THE OFFICIAL Proximity Beacon FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS INFORMATION
1. THE Proximity Beacon(Genusity) WHAT IS IT?
The Proximity Beacon is a small device that can fit in the palm of your hand. The Proximity Beacon, based on Google ‘nearby’
technology, continuously broadcasts a user-programmable message to a maximum distance of 1500 feet to Android
devices with Bluetooth enabled. The message can be up to 40 characters plus a clickable link to a website. This
message shows up as a silent notification on an Android device.
NOTE: Android devices represents about 60% of the U.S. and Canadian market and 87.5% of the international market outside the U.S.
2. CAN THE Proximity Beacon BROADCAST MESSAGES TO APPLE DEVICES?
No. Apple devices at this time are not able to use Google’s ‘nearby’ technology. And no, we don’t know if and when Apple devices will ever be able to use Google’s ‘nearby’ technology.
3. HAVE YOU OR ANYONE CHECKED WITH CRTC TO SEE IF THIS VIOLATES THE ANTI-SPAM LAWS?
Yes this has all been verified. It is within CRTC regulations and doesn’t violate anti-spam. There’s no permanent text, email, notification, etc… ( When You Setup your android phone you agree to accept services from google )
It’s a temporary notification that they are able to view via your broadcast. If they don’t wish to view they can mute
… It’s the same technology used in stores, airports, stadiums etc … Just now more affordable to the average
person and most importantly … SMALL business owner.
4. I NEED INFO ON LEGALITY OF IT, DO WE HAVE ANYTHING?
These Beacon devices have been in use for a few years. Ours is the only one that uses the Google Nearby technology notification. It’s fully CRTC, Anti-Spam, FCC and FTC complaint. It’s not a text, not an email, doesn’t use data on the customers phone or access the contacts or information, and it doesn’t ping the phone either The end user, if they have their Google nearby notification settings and their Facebook nearby notifications settings turned on gives
permission for the notification to be received, however the end user doesn’t get pushed to a website or video unless they click on the link itself in the notification and say yes to it.
5. IF IT’S BROADCASTING VIA BLUETOOTH AND SOMEONE ALREADY HAS A BLUETOOTH DEVICE PAIRED
AND CONNECTED, DOES THAT BLOCK THE SIGNAL AS PHONE CAN TYPICALLY ONLY CONNECT TO ONE
BLUETOOTH DEVICE AT A TIME?
No it does not block the signal.
6. DOES THE SETTING VIEWABLE FOR ALL BLUETOOTH DEVICES HAVE TO BE ON?
No. Only Bluetooth enabled and Location enabled on an Android based phone .
7. HOW DO I CHANGE THE MESSAGE AND HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
In the Proximity Beacon back office, you’ll go into your back office, each unit has a serial number or code on the back match the numbers up to the one in the back office, type in 40-character message and url and hit enter. Once you do that, it’s done. Takes up to 24 hours to change the message, every message is looked at by a human being to ensure it’s a compliant message.
8. HOW WOULD SOMEONE STOP RECEIVING MESSAGES?
They’d have to turn the Nearby feature off or swipe the message/messages away.
9.. CAN EACH UNIT HAVE A DIFFERENT MESSAGE?
Yes. each unit can have a different message and different secure https link
10. WHAT IS ‘NEARBY NOTIFICATIONS’ TECHNOLOGY?
‘Nearby’ Notifications is an Android feature which enables contextual discovery. Associate your website or app with a beacon and devices nearby will display the message in the Nearby section of Google Settings, light up the Nearby Quick Settings tile on supported devices, and promote messages that perform well as notifications. Learn more about this revolutionary technology here:
11. DOES THE URL HAVE TO BE HTTPS?
YES. If Google pops up with a warning that it isn’t a secured site, it’ll stop people from proceeding.
12. DOES Proximity Beacon (Genusity) OWN THE TECHNOLOGY OR HOLD THE PATENT?
No we don’t own it. What we have is an exclusive to work with the network marketing industry. Other people can sell a unit to somebody who’s in network marketing but they don’t have the exclusive to go to a company or to go through top leadership and have them come on board. We do. The beacon itself does the notification. This one is the only one that uses the technology of Nearby technology.