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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 our name for your digital locker. You can create several. On UBReg you have the ability to attach a range of Assets to your Beacons, so everything is 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. You’ll probably want to use them time and time again in the Beacons you create. You can store them all your Assets in a digital library and access them whenever you like.

This is currently a free service for everyone to enjoy.

Over time, we’ll be amending the website to add on extra charged services, but the core services will remain free. Please use them and enjoy!

You’ll be able to add a domain to your account once you’ve created your account and verified your email. This will be 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 “@@samandsam”.

Each Beacon is then identified by a tag such as “home@@samandsam” or “stagnight@@samandsam”.

This makes it easy to tell people about a Beacon you want them to have a look at.

Visit our use cases to see some examples of how this works.

The @@ symbol is trademarked and identifies to the world that there is a UBReg Beacon of information.

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

Managing Your Beacons

There are three options for naming your Beacons:

• Use our autogenerated name e.g. b69a6a61
• Have your own domain name e.g. home@@samandsam
• Alternatively, use a QR code to link directly to your Beacon

You can choose from

  • 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 finalised I can move it to my ‘open’ locker.

Your Beacon is just like a safety deposit box.  It is yours and yours alone.

You’ll want to share many of your Beacons with family and friends. You can rest assured that:

  • Outsiders cannot search the UBReg site for your Beacons
  • No-one can see your Beacons without their digital name, UBReg (e.g., home@@samandsam), or the QR code plus the password (if used).
  • There is a lot of inbuilt security for what you put in your Beacon. Of course, you can also change the contents of your Beacon, move contents to a dormant locker (that only you can access) or delete contents. What you do want to be easily available can be publicised 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 it 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, whichyou can then email or share via WhatApp or other messaging services.

Remember, your Beacon needs to be set up 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 change your Beacon status to private. Alternatively, 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.

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 change the order, assigning your most important Assets first.

Go to your Beacon and on each Asset you’ll see a link for moving it up or down. Set the order you’re happy with and the same order will be shown when you revisit your Beacon, or when you share it.

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