Intro2018-10-29T13:24:04+00:00

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.

Marker

A set of URLs or IDs that determines the spot

A marker can be

QR, NFC, GPS, iBeacon or Eddystone

in any combination possible – depending on your project

Spot

a location or an object

A spot might be

a location like a restaurant or landmark

an object like a product packaging or business card

Page

texts, images, videos, audios, maps, links ...

The actual content

with all media forms

by xamoom always shipped in the right language for the end user

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.

QR Code

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
Strengths:
  • Widely known
  • Supported by the iPhone’s camera app or Google Lens (Assistant) on all Android phones
  • Cheap to print
  • Possibility for branding public places with smart labels
Weaknesses:
  • Users often don’t know that they do not need a scanner app anymore
  • Bad reputation among marketers due to very bad usage sometimes

NFC Tags

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
Strengths:
  • Extremely easy to use: Just place the phone one it
  • Wow effect at first use
  • Almost all smartphones have it
  • Possibility for branding public places with smart labels
Weaknesses:
  • Users barely know about it
  • On the iPhone an app is needed
  • Cost of chips: 20 – 60 Cent

GPS Geofencing

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
Strengths:
  • Free because no medium (e.g. smart label) is needed
  • Easiest possible roll-out
Weaknesses:
  • Works only outdoor
  • A geofence is invisible
  • Higher power consumption on the phone

iBeacon

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
Strengths:
  • Ease of use on iPhone and Android
  • Widely spread, all new smartphones have Bluetooth
  • Exact (micro) localization within buildings
  • Low power consumption (Bluetooth Low Energy)
  • Battery lasts for years
Weaknesses:
  • Require a native app
  • Cost: depending on type 10 – 40 € per beacon

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).