Intro – a quick start
xamoom offers everything you need for a mobile solution (app, mobile web, location-based service, smart packaging etc.). It has been developed with the greatest flexibility in mind. Thus, many applications are possible.
This manual tells you everything about creating and running a great mobile service. Please, take the time to go through each section at once or come back to special topics later on.
What you need to get started
You do not have to install any software or run updates every now and then. We are happy to manage everything for you.
All you need is …
- … a modern browser. We recommend Google’s Chrome or Mozilla’s Firefox.
- … an Android smartphone for using our Service App that writes NFC tags and gives you all the beacon IDs you need. Every cheap phone will do the job.
Then head over to xamoom.net to start.
There is one thing that is core to understanding the basic concept behind xamoom:
A MARKER defines the SPOT that has a PAGE.
However, not every page needs to be bound to a location or object.
xamoom serves perfectly fine as a data warehouse for content applications.
How consumers use it
One CMS for many platforms. Give your users a variety of access points to your valuable content.
Content from the xamoom CMS can be displayed on a variety of devices in different ways. The aim is to reach as many people as possible and to efficiently reuse content.
- Smartphone and tablets: mobile web, apps
- Desktop computer: integration into various other content management systems like WordPress, Joomla, Typo3 or Drupal
- Voice assistants like Amazon’s Alexa
- Car stereos via Bluetooth or app integrations for Android Auto or Apple’s CarPlay
Content is always delivered in the right language (if available) and in a very accessible way so that visually impaired people can consume content as well.
And remember: We offer a huge set of APIs that developers can use to build custom solutions. The documentation can be found at xamoom.github.io.
In many cases the user has to do something:
- Scan a QR code on a smart label
- Tap on an NFC tag with the smartphone
- Have Bluetooth on for being ready when coming into the range of an iBeacon
- Select a menu item for access to content on nearby locations
- Ask Alexa for specific location in the respective skill
In any case the page associated with the location/object is being opened.
All location identifiers
xamoom supports all techniques to identify the user’s context – the geo position or the proximity to an object.
None of those techniques is perfect – all of them have their specific strengths and weaknesses. But together they perform well in concert.
A two-dimensional code that contains a URL. With QR scanner apps or the iPhone’s camera app decode the URL and opens it in the browser.
|Precision:||a few centimeters|
A tiny chip holds a URL. The phone emits tiny amounts of energy and wakes the chip up. Subsequently, it reveals its information and the URL is opened in the mobile browser.
|Precision:||a few millimeters|
A circle (“geofence”) around a point on the map. In this imaginary circle, an app display the fitting information. In mobile browser a special URL (e.g m.pingeb.org/nearby) must be opened.
|Precision:||ideally +/– 5 meters|
Small Bluetooth transmitters with a battery that broadcast constantly information that broadcast three IDs. If they fit to an installed app, it can react accordingly.
|Precision:||various zones from 30 centimeters to 200 meters|
With xamoom every combination is possible:
- Smart labels (NFC and/or QR)
- Smart labels with GPS geofence
- only QR code, printed in a brochure or on a product package
- iBeacon with GPS geofence
In addition, our flexible architecture allows us to react fast. Future technologies can be introduced quickly. Examples would be optical image recognition, EAN codes, text recognition or LiFi (data through LED light).