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We’ve put together some simple guidelines on how Beacons work.

The Basics

Registration is a simple process with just a few steps

  • Provide your name
  • Add your email address
  • Choose a password

You’ll then receive an email to validate your address.

A Beacon is the name for your digital locker, with the ability to attach a range of Assets, all in one place, easily shareable and updateable.

  • This is a completely guided and intuitive process
  • Key points to appreciate are:
    • Each Beacon can have a unique name
    • You can add a description to each Beacon to explain what it’s for and what it contains
    • You have a choice when creating your Beacon or whether it is public (open for anyone to view with the link) or private (meaning you make it password protected)
    • You can add a new Asset or assign an existing Asset to each Beacon

Assets are things like your address, a location, a document or a photograph that you may want to use time and again in the Beacons you create. You can store them all and access them in a sort of library allowing you to ‘pick and mix’

This is currently a free service.

In due course we will be amending the model to allow for extra charged services and so on but for the moment please use and enjoy!

When you’ve created your account and verified your email, you’re able to add a domain to your account. This becomes your personal identified for all your Beacons.

You can use your new domain to uniquely name the collection of Beacons you now create as they all come under the umbrella of your new domain. Supposing your domain is “samandsam” then all your Beacons will now come under the umbrella of “@@smaandsam”.

Each Beacon is then identified by a tag such as “home@@samandsam” or “stagnight@@samandsam”.
This makes an easy and fun way to tell people about a Beacon you want them to have a look at.

Visit our use cases to see how easy and fun it can be.

The @@ symbol is trade marked and identifies to the world that there is a UB Reg Beacon of information.

Visit our use cases to see how your username can be used for sharing your Beacons.

Managing Your Beacons

• Use just a digital name e.g. b69a6a61
• Have your own domain name e.g. home@@samandsam
• Use a QR code

Your choice of:

  • Open “public”
  • Password protected “private”
  • Dormant

So what is the difference? Well supposing you become a pop star calling yourself “aspicx” and you create these beacons:

  • (Open) Fans@@aspicx – which has a list of forthcoming concerts, lots of photos, music clips, bibliography and so on.
  • (Password protected) – for my family where I am staying at the moment, pass codes for my house gates, my mobile etc.
  • (Dormant) – just a sort of holding locker which only I can access for data I might use in the future e.g. draft list of concerts for the next year. When finalized I can move it to my ‘open’ locker.

Your Beacon is just like a safety deposit box.  It is yours and yours alone.  UB Reg does not sell your beacons and assets,  it just stores them for you.

  • Outsiders cannot search the UB Reg site
  • They need the specific digital name, UB Reg (e.g. home@@samandsam), or the QR code plus the password if used.
  • So there is a lot of inbuilt security for what you put in your locker AND you can change it at any time, or delete it or simply move it to a dormant locker where nobody but you can see it.
  • Equally what you want to be easily available can be publicized easily (as in fans@@aspicx) and updated from time to time (e.g. numbers of tickets left).

When you view your Beacon, you’ll see a button on the right hand side allowing you to share you Beacon with someone else. Clicking this button will trigger whatever share options are on your device. Primarily this allows you to copy the unique URL to your Beacon that you can then email or share via WhatApp or other messaging services.

Remember your Beacon needs to be setup as Public or you’ll need to provide the password along with the link when you share it,

If you’ve previously shared your Beacon, but you now want to restrict access, you can either change your Beacon status to Private, or you can click the small icon next to where your link is displayed, and this will refresh your Beacon link.

Previous links will then become unusable, so users won’t be able to find your Beacon without you sending them a new link.

You’ll be shown a warning before you can change your link, otherwise you could stop people from viewing something you’ve previously shared, so use with care!

Managing Your Assets

Creating a new Asset is easy. You can either do this as part of the Beacon setup process, or you can go into your dashboard and add them at a later time.

At the moment, you can add the follow Asset types.

  • Text – type or paste in text
  • Location – drag a pin on map
  • Image – upload an image from your computer or phone
  • Document – upload a file
  • External Links – add in a link to a website, or to other files such as a Google Drive or Dropbox link

Other asset types are coming soon

When you’re viewing the Assets within your Beacon, you can arrange the order, assigning your most important Assets first.

Just go to your Beacon and on each asset you’ll see a link for Move Up or Move Down. Just set the order you’re happy with, and the same order will be shown when you revisit your Beacon, or when you share your Beacon.

If you’re still stuck and need some additional help, visit our support page and ask the team a question.