Using iBeacon Regions with Jamf School

Jamf School allows you to use Apple’s iBeacon technology to monitor when devices enter or exit an iBeacon region. This allows you to install profiles, documents, and apps when the device is in the specified region and remove them when the device exits the region.

When creating iBeacon regions, keep the following best practices in mind:

  • Make sure that the Jamf School Student app is not blacklisted. The Jamf School Student app is used to monitor the iBeacons on your iPads.

  • The Jamf School Student app needs to be opened at least once to monitor the iBeacons. You can send an Attention Message using the Jamf School Teacher app to force the students iPads to open the Jamf School Student app. For more information, see Jamf School Teacher App Overview.

For more information about iBeacons, see the following documentation from Apple: Getting Started with iBeacons.

Requirements

To monitor iBeacon Regions, you need:

  • Devices with iOS 7 or later

  • A Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) capable iOS device
    Bluetooth Low Energy is available on iPhone 4S or later, iPad 3rd generation or later, and iPad Mini 1st generation or later

  • Bluetooth enabled

Note: It is recommended you create a new profile and deselect the Allow Changes to Bluetooth settings checkbox in the Restrictions payload to make sure students cannot turn off Bluetooth on their device. For more information, see Configuring a Restrictions Profile.

Creating an iBeacon Region

  1. In Jamf School, navigate to Organization > Settings in the sidebar.

  2. Select the iBeacons payload.

  3. Click Add iBeacon.

  4. Enter the name and an optional description for the iBeacon you want to add.

  5. Define the iBeacon region by specifying the UUID, and optionally the major and minor values.
    If the UUID is only specified, the major and minor values will be set as wild cards and the region will match any iBeacons with the same UUID. Similarly, if only the UUID and major value are specified, the minor value will be set as a wild card and the region will match any iBeacons with the same UUID and major value.

  6. Click Save.

Using iBeacons in Smart Groups

You can use iBeacon Regions in smart groups. Once a device enters or exits a region, the smart group will automatically update and add or remove the device as a member.

  1. In Jamf School, navigate to Devices > Device Groups in the sidebar.

  2. Click + Add Group.

  3. Enter the name and an optional description for the new group and ensure the Smart Group checkbox is selected.

  4. Click Add.

  5. Click the Members tab.

  6. Click Add Filter.

  7. Select “Nearby iBeacon(s)” as the rule and select which iBeacon should trigger an enter or exit region event.
    You can specify more than one iBeacon. Any device becomes a member of the smart group if the device is near one of the specified iBeacons.

  8. Click Save Scope.

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