Ibeaconing: A low-cost, wireless student protection system

Blake Lucas, Liran Ma*, Dechang Chen

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For children with autism, normal social stimuli can provoke unpredictable reactions that could place those children in dangerous situations. In most schools, teachers have the two-pronged task of instructing and monitoring these children. In order to simplify this task, we propose integrating new iBeacon technology with the capability of Raspberry Pi computers to construct an entry/exit scanning system. The students will be wearing iBeacon equipped, irremovable bracelets (transmitting on a low power setting), which will be donned when attendance is taken. The Raspberry Pi computers placed above each door will scan for iBeacons continually. Since the iBeacons will be transmitting on a range of −30 to −20dBmW of power, they have a maximum horizontal range of 2m. If the iBeacon is within range of the door for more than two seconds, the Raspberry Pi will send a “distress signal” to a server, which is retrieved by the smartphone application, prompting a system-wide alert to be triggered. The benefits of implementing such a system include costeffectiveness and a decrease in the latent period between alert detection and action.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWireless Algorithms, Systems, and Applications - 11th International Conference, WASA 2016, Proceedings
EditorsYacine Challal, Qing Yang, Wei Yu
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9783319428352
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event11th International Conference on Wireless Algorithms, Systems, and Applications, WASA 2016 - Bozeman, United States
Duration: 8 Aug 201610 Aug 2016

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume9798 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference11th International Conference on Wireless Algorithms, Systems, and Applications, WASA 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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