How to achieve long read range for beacons?

Hi folks,

I know that the new long range beacons can potentially be read from 200 meters.
Does anyone have experience reading them from that far?
If so, what receiving hardware/platform did you use?
So far, my outdoor line-of-sight tests with smartphones and a Macbook Air as beacon receivers did not yield anywhere close to that range.
Any input is appreciated.

Thank you.