Looking to install proximity beacons in your store, or in your local ballpark, or in various phone booths around your city? First, you’ll need to decide which brand of beacon you’ll be installing, which isn’t easy — there are now a lot of various beacon hardware options at a wide range of prices. A good place to start sorting through is this new report by Aislelabs, a beacon services provider, which looks at 16 different beacon hardware makers.

There are a surprising number of considerations when choosing which line of beacons to buy. For instance, some beacons advertise themselves to devices by sending pings out more often, which increases the chance of a usable connection and signal, but drains battery life more quickly. Do you want your beacon hardware to have a battery, or are you going to plug it into USB or a power outlet? Finally, how much do you…

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