Answered By: Sharon Whitfield
Last Updated: Nov 16, 2016     Views: 25

A BluuBeam “beacon” is a Bluetooth low energy transmitter that broadcasts messages based on location. The beacons are lightweight, hockey puck-sized devices placed in different departments. Android and iOS smartphones running the BluuBeam app can detect a beacon when the smartphone comes within range, and display a programmed message.

If you’re in the CMSRU Library at Cooper Hospital and are in the stacks looking for books, you may hear a “ping” on your phone and receive a message about new books that we just added to our collection. Upon entering the CMSRU building, you might receive a message about a USMLE question. 

Two things are required to try it: The smartphone user must download the BluuBeam app by texting “LINK” to 38470. You must also enable the phone’s Bluetooth setting. (BluuBeam’s service is completely anonymous and doesn’t collect users’ personal information.).  If you have any questions or want to try BluuBeam, please see a member of the CMSRU staff.  Our library expects to begin to offer this service by January of 2017.