Multi Technology

Multi-technology (Bluetooth Low Energy, NFC, QR code, Wi-Fi) and scalable, enabling rapid integration of new contactless technologies


“Map-centric” interfaces to easily geolocate connected points and associated contactless technologies


Manageability of large numbers of beacons and associated contextualized content


Seamless integration with your own or your partners’ IT systems


Easy and intuitive management of your affiliates


Real-time performance analysis tools, ability to generate customized reporting dashboards


Native privacy management

Our integrated internet of things platform

Connecthings deploys networks of contactless technology beacons (Bluetooth Low Energy – BLE -, NFC, QR code, Wi-Fi) in public spaces (urban furniture, monuments, shopping centers, airports…), and turns passive, urban assets into smart, connected interaction points, which are able to communicate with inhabitants’ and visitors’ smartphones and mobile phones.

By integrating our MOBILE SDK in your applications, you enable your users to interact with our entire fleet of contactless, geolocated beacons, or specific zones of your choosing.


With ADTAG – our SaaS beacon and contextualized content management platform – you define at any time the content of your notifications, alerts and messages aimed at your users, thereby ensuring that you send the right information at the right time.

Types of contactless beacons at your disposal

Our solutions currently leverage beacons that use Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), NFC and QR code contactless technologies. Our beacon deployment and management solutions are scalable and can easily incorporate new technologies.

Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons
Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) is a technology based on a low energy standard communication protocol called Bluetooth 4.0. It allows any compatible smartphone, equiped with an application that has integrated our MOBILE SDK, to detect the signal of a nearby Bluetooth beacon.

When a smartphone enters the detection range of a BLE beacon (several feet), the signal emitted by the beacon “awakens” the application. Once awakened, the application interfaces with ADTAG, and retrieves and displays the content of the relevant “push” notifications.

Both iOS and Android devices are able to receive notifications, even if the app is closed.


NFC beacons
NFC (Near Field Communication) is a wireless, short-range, high-frequency communication technology. In theory, it allows two peripheral devices to exchange information at a maximum distance of 4 inches (10 cm); practically speaking, the devices must be placed between 0.4 to 0.8 (1 to 2 cm) inches from each other.

Smartphones must be placed at a short distance from the NFC tag, and can then open a contextualized web page or dedicated application in “pull” mode.

QR code beacons
A QR code is a two dimensional barcode, which can store digital information (text, website address etc.).
QR (“Quick Response”) means that the content of the code can be quickly deciphered once flashed by a mobile phone/smartphone equiped with a camera or dedicated reader application.


An SDK (Software Development Kit) is a set of programming tools to design mobile apps, software programs, games etc. for a specific device and/or operating system.

When integrated, Connecthings’ MOBILE SDK allows an application to interact with our entire network of contactless beacon technologies.

Once our MOBILE SDK is integrated, the application is configured to act as follows:

  1. It can listen for Bluetooth signals emitted by BLE beacons registered in ADTAG
  2. It can interact with NFC tags and QR codes

When your application is “awakened” by a Bluetooth signal, or when it reads an NFC tag or a QR code, it triggers the display of notifications and actions on the smartphone, and uploads anonymized usage statistics back into ADTAG.

Connecthings’ MOBILE SDK enables you to configure the type of actions to be launched when your application interacts with Bluetooth beacons. These settings are defined thanks to various available variables and methods.

Our Developers Center contains our MOBILE SDK documentation library, which includes all the parameters and methods that will enable you to implement the user experience that fits your needs (user friendliness, information-push, marketing operations…).


Connecthings’ MOBILE SDK is available for iOS and Android platforms.


The beacon and contextualized content management platform

ADTAG is a SaaS platform designed to manage large numbers of beacons deployed in the urban space in real-time. These beacons are equipped with contactless technologies: Bluetooth, NFC, QR Codes, tiny URL, wi-fi.

ADTAG enables you to precisely define the mobile experience associated to each point and corresponding technologies – i.e. the target webpage, data, and information that will be displayed on the user’s device when it interacts with one of the technologies of a given point. ADTAG allows you to manage and contextualize your users’ mobile experience in time, for instance throughout the day, the week etc., or through a more event-driven approach.



Main ADTAG features

  • “Map-centric” interface to enable networks of contactless beacons to be easily viewed and managed
  • Easy identification of the beacons’ characteristics (settings of the Bluetooth, NFC, QR code beacons)
  • Tools to create “ad hoc” networks of points and to program targeted information campaigns, for instance in the case of events, cultural happenings…
  • Integrated SDK management available for partners (key generation, quota implementation…)
  • Monitoring of battery power level for Bluetooth beacons deployed on the field
  • Multi-criteria search engine to identify exact points (or groups of points) that possess one or several specific characteristics – for instance, all bus stops within a 100-yard radius around the train station
  • Ability to temporarily change the content of Bluetooth notifications
  • Analytics dashboards with generic and customized metrics


Our beacon deployment and maintenance app


Since 2008 and the implementation of our first mobile services, Connecthings has been assisting its clients in deploying their beacons on the field, with ADLINKER – a mobile application specifically developed to optimize deployment time and reduce association errors on the field.

ADLINKER (on Android) enables field operatives to associate contactless technologies (Bluetooth, NFC, QR codes) to geolocated points registered on ADTAG.

ADLINKER is then used to ensure the maintenance of the deployed beacon network.