Beacon, BLE, and the Future of Commerce

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Information about Beacon, BLE, and the Future of Commerce

Published on March 7, 2014

Author: jcleblanc



Overview of how PayPal uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) / Bluetooth Smart within the PayPal Beacon product, which we see as a piece of hardware aimed at revolutionizing physical shopping.

Beacon, BLE, and the Future of Commerce Jonathan LeBlanc (@jcleblanc) Global Head of PayPal Developer Evangelism

Connection: Continuous vs Intermittent Throughput: 0.7-2.1 Mbit/s vs 0.27 Mbit/s Power Consumption: 1 mW vs 0.01-0.5 mW Range: 100 meters vs 50 meters

Physical Shopping

Using the Location

How the Technology Works A transparent bridge from device to IP Central Device Peripheral Bridge IP Address Endpoint

A Person Walks into a Store

Broadcasting to Connect Beacon broadcasts who’s here message Device PayPal app wakes up & connects to beacon Bridge

The Initial Connection Beacon selects unused token, sends with nonce, metadata, and signature Device App verifies signature with public key, decides to check in via metadata Bridge

Checking in App sends encrypted checkin metadata to PayPal Device PayPal servers decrypt data and check consumer in Endpoint

Wrapping Things Up PayPal servers send encrypted message back Device App decrypts / verifies message & disconnects Endpoint

Point of Sale Integration

Don’t be Creepy

What’s in Store for Us?

Thank You! Jonathan LeBlanc (@jcleblanc) Global Head of PayPal Developer Evangelism

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