iBeacon Regions

The Jamf Software Server (JSS) allows you to utilize Apple’s iBeacon technology to monitor when computers and mobile devices enter or exit an iBeacon region. This allows you to ensure that configuration profiles and policies are only installed on a device when the device is in the specified region.

You can use iBeacon regions as the basis for the following:

  • The scope of a configuration profile

  • The scope of a policy (This initiates the policy the first time that a computer checks in to the JSS while in the specified region.)

  • A custom trigger for a policy (The event name for initiating a policy when an iBeacon region change occurs is “beaconStateChange”. This initiates the policy immediately when a computer enters the specified region.)

For more information about iBeacon devices and iBeacon regions, see Apple’s documentation at:
https://developer.apple.com/ibeacon/Getting-Started-with-iBeacon.pdf

If you have an iBeacon device in your environment, you can add that device to the JSS as an iBeacon region. The JSS can then detect when computers and mobile devices enter or exit the region.

Requirements

To monitor an iBeacon region for computers, you need:

  • One or more iBeacon devices in your environment

  • Computers that are Bluetooth Low Energy capable and have Bluetooth turned on

  • The Computer Inventory Collection settings configured to monitor iBeacon regions (For more information, see Computer Inventory Collection Settings.)

To monitor an iBeacon region for mobile devices, you need:

  • One or more iBeacon devices in your environment

  • Mobile devices with:

    • iOS 7 or later

    • Bluetooth Low Energy capability

    • Bluetooth turned on

    • Self Service Mobile for iOS installed (For more information, see Installing Self Service on Mobile Devices.)

    • Location Services enabled for Self Service Mobile for iOS

  • The Mobile Device Inventory Collection settings configured to monitor iBeacon regions (For more information, see Mobile Device Inventory Collection Settings.)

Note: iBeacon region monitoring is not available for personally owned devices.

Adding an iBeacon Region

  1. Log in to the JSS with a web browser.

  2. In the top-right corner of the page, click Settings images/download/thumbnails/15893334/Settings_icon.png .

  3. Click Network Organization.

  4. Click iBeacons images/download/thumbnails/15893334/iBeacons.png .

  5. Click New images/download/thumbnails/15893334/New_icon.png .

  6. Enter a display name for the iBeacon region.

  7. Define the iBeacon region using the settings on the pane.

  8. Click Save.

Related Information

For related information, see the following sections in this guide:

For related information, see the following Knowledge Base article:

Smart Group and Advanced Search Criteria for iBeacon Regions
Learn about the smart group and advanced search criteria available for iBeacon regions.

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