Distance Measurement Accuracy Problem

Hi I am working on a project on android to analyze my activity in a room, but what I am noticing is that the beacons are very consistently giving me distance readings that are much closer to the beacons than I actually am with very large fluctuations in that distance.

For example, I am sitting 6 meters from a beacon in an open room at this moment and am getting distance readings ranging from about 1-5 meters from the beacon with 2 meters being an approximate average reading over time. Is there something I can do to improve these readings so that at least the average reading is closer to my actual distance?

Hi Scott,

It is possible to increase the signal's reliability by increasing the broadcasting power and the advertising interval of a beacon. Keep in mind, however, that it will have an impact on the battery life. You can read more about it here: https://community.estimote.com/hc/en-us/articles/201538147-How-advertising-interval-and-broadcasting-power-affect-battery-life-

Battery life was not a concern, so we had already turned it up to the maximum broadcasting power with a 200ms advertising interval. The numbers I gave above were using those settings.

Hi Scott,

I'm afraid that there is not much more I can advice. The reason might be that Bluetooth stack for Android has no noise cancelling methods therefore can be less responsive then iOS, more details here: https://community.estimote.com/hc/en-us/articles/202028913-Why-beacons-are-less-responsive-on-Android-than-on-iOS

Hello. How come I could not open the broadcasting power configuration page? Thanks.