Physical Web on OpenBeacon!

Release of new OpenBeacon Hardware and Software for the Social Web


Our Bluetooth Smart tag ...

Our Bluetooth Smart tag ...

open hardware

We turned our existing OpenBeacon tag design into the ultimate hacking, fuzzing and pentesting tool for Bluetooth Smart and released the hardware schematics and the PCB layout.

We strongly believe that the future of the Internet of Things has to be privacy enabled and must work distributed without depending on cloud services. Please join our project for enabling that vision.

... as seen by Google's app, ...

... as seen by Google's app, ...

Open software

All firmware sources are released here. Software development is officially supported under OS X and Linux.

We created a simple hello world example with support for Google's new physical web support.

Our advanced proximity tag firmware supports sophisticated AES encryption for user privacy and data integrity.

... broadcasting its own URL.

... broadcasting its own URL.


Our unique proximity features allow to resolve human contacts by detecting other tags in a radius of up to 6 meters and a resolution down to 0.5 meters.

These tag sightings are either sent in real time to the tracking and localization infrastructure or saved to the internal memory for later analysis.

Smart Proximity Beacon

The hardware on this page is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License which specifically allows commercial usage - as long as you mention the origin of our original design openly. 


You are free to manufacture the tags yourself. For that purpose you can find the schematics and hardware designs here.

You can decide to use our services for bulk orders and for custom hardware development based on this and other designs we created in the past. Any support for our project is highly appreciated and allows us to continue working on this great project.

... or get SOME FROM US

We have a limited amount of tags on stock right now. If you want to support our project by buying some tags, please send us an email to order up to 5 tags. The tag price will be probably around 25 USD per tag plus a flat USD 30 shipping fee. We are working on an nice online ordering process right now.

Beacon Hardware Design



The 3D printed tag Programmer design files will be released this week. You will get:

  • The DesignSpark Mechanical design files
  • Altium Designer Schematics and Layout for the Programmer
  • Programmer Design
  • Production Files (STL, OBJ)
  • The Bill of Materials