The Gimbal U-Series 5 Proximity Beacon (the ‘Beacon’) is a small, USB-powered device that transmits a Bluetooth™ Smart / low-energy (BLE) signal that can be detected by other devices (e.g., smartphones or other devices capable of receiving the signal). This signal enables the identification of the Beacon.
Note: Do not power the beacon from a USB external battery. Doing so may cause the Beacon and/or the battery to function improperly.
The Beacon works by periodically transmitting this signal via short-range radio (Bluetooth Smart/LE). The Beacon has no user interface (UI), cellular or GPS capabilities. The Beacon’s identity is encoded within the signal it transmits and includes a sub-segment device type.
WARNING - CHOKING HAZARD: Small parts. Not for children under 3 years of age.
(L x W x H)
|0.76 in x 0.61 in x .28 in
(19.3 mm x 15.6 mm x 7.1 mm)
|Over-the-air firmware update||Yes|
|Transmission||Beacon Transmission Type||Bluetooth® Smart (AKA Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy); 2.4GHz Channels 37 (2402MHz), 38 (2426 MHz), and 39 (2480 MHz); non-connectable advertisements. Compatible with iBeacon™ technology and Eddystone™ (may require configuration update and automatic firmware update).
Note: These advertising channels are allocated in different parts of the 2.4GHz spectrum and are designed to coexist with 802.11/Wi-Fi.
|Transmission Interval||Configurable via Gimbal Manager/ Gimbal Beacon Manager App|
|Transmission Power||Configurable via Gimbal Manager/Gimbal Beacon Manager App from -23dBm (Low) up to 0dBm (Full Power)|
|Transmission||Typically up to ~110 ft (~33 meters) though can often be seen at further distances in ideal, clear line-of-sight conditions at full transmit power|
|Environmental||Operational Temperature||-10 °C to 65 °C|
|Humidity Survival||95% RH|
|Certifications and Safety||Countries Supported||Please visit https://manager.gimbal.com/supported-countries/ for the list of countries supported by Gimbal|
|Safety||General Safety Requirements: UL 1642; UL 60950-1;
Canada, Identical to UL 60950: CAN/CSA-22.2 No. 60950-1
European Norm (Per IEC 60950-1 2nd Ed): EN 60950-1
The Beacon is not FDA certified. Any use by customer in an environment requiring such certification is at customer’s risk and Customer is responsible for any liability resulting from such use.
Each U-Series 5 Beacon is designed for use in any standard, powered USB port. It’s advisable to leave your Beacon in its package until ready to use. When ready to use, remove your Beacon from its package.
Your Beacon is now associated with your Gimbal Developer Account and ready for use. Repeat step 4 to activate additional Beacons on your account.
Note: If you’ve ordered U-Series 5 Beacons in bulk, we can provide you with a shipping manifest that allows for bulk activation of your Beacons in Gimbal Manager. Contact Gimbal Support through Gimbal Manager on the web for further details.
After removing your Beacon from its packaging, simply plug it into any standard, powered USB port to turn it on. It will take approximately 10 seconds for it to turn on and start transmitting its normal signal.
To check whether your U-Series 5 Beacon is operating normally, you’ll need to use the Gimbal Beacon Manager application from the App StoreSM on an iOS® device. Once installed, simply login using the same Gimbal Developer Account (and organization, if configured) which you have used to activate your Beacon. Once logged in, you will see all your Beacons that are powered and near your device under the My Beacons tab.
Gimbal U-Series 5 Beacons are designed to never need configuration when used in conjunction with the Gimbal SDK as integrated into your mobile application. In fact, more than 95% of our Beacons that have been deployed as of this writing have never been reconfigured. However, should you want to adjust certain settings, you may do so.
Note: presently, an iPhone® 4S or newer is required for this step. Formal support for iPad® and other operating systems may be available in the future.
Note: At this point, you have assigned a configuration to your Beacon in Gimbal Manager on the web but you still need to apply the configuration to your Beacon.
Once your Beacon shows a different ‘Assigned Configuration’ vs. its ‘Applied Configuration’ in Gimbal Manager on the web, you’re ready to apply the configuration to your Beacon.
For troubleshooting tips and Frequently Asked Questions, please visit https://manager.gimbal.com/, login with your Gimbal Developer Account and click on ‘Support’.
Scientific research on wireless devices and radio frequency ("RF") energy has been conducted worldwide for many years, and continues. In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) set policies and procedures for wireless devices. The FDA issued a website publication on health issues related to usage of cell phones where it states, "The scientific community at large believes that the weight of the scientific evidence does not show an association between exposure to RF from cell phones and adverse health outcomes." Still, the scientific community does recommend conducting additional research to address gaps in knowledge. That research is being conducted around the world, and the FDA continues to monitor developments in this field. You can access the FDA website at http://www.fda.gov (under "C" in the subject index, select Cell Phones > Research). You can also contact the FDA toll free at (888) 463-6332 or (888) INFO-FDA. The FCC issued its own website publication stating that "there is no scientific evidence that proves that wireless telephone usage can lead to cancer or other problems, including headaches, dizziness, or memory loss." The publication is available at https://www.fcc.gov/engineering-technology/electromagnetic-compatibility-division/radio-frequency-safety/faq/rf-safety or through the FCC at (888) 225 5322 or (888) CALL-FCC. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) states that concerns about the potential health effects of using cellular phones - "and specifically the suggestion that using a cell phone may increase a person's risk of developing brain cancer - are not supported by a growing body of research on the subject." You can access NCI's review of the research via this cancer.gov article.
This device operates above 1.5 GHz with a maximum EIRP less than or equal to 5 Watts as a mobile device with a minimum separation distance of 20 cm.
If you are concerned about RF, there are several simple steps you can take to minimize your RF exposure. You can minimize usage of the device near the body. You can also place more distance between your body and the source of the RF, as the exposure level drops off dramatically with distance. Wireless devices marketed in the United States are required to meet safety requirements regardless of whether they are used against the head or against the body.
For further information, see the following additional resources:
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
10903 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20993
Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street SW
Washington, DC 20554
American National Standards Institute
1899 L Street NW, 11th Floor
Washington D.C., 20036
The Gimbal U-Series 5 Proximity Beacon has been approved for operation in United States of America by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user's authority to operate the equipment.
This device complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
The Gimbal U-Series 5 Proximity Beacon has been tested to the limits for a Class B digital device, according
to Part 15 of the FCC rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful
interference in a residential installation. The Beacon uses and radiates radio frequency energy and if not
installed and used according to instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications or be interfered with. There is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular
If the Beacon does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined switching the Beacon's power switch to the ‘off' position, try to correct the interference by taking one or more of the following actions:
If the Beacon is being interfered with try to correct the interference by taking the following actions:
The FCC ID for the Gimbal U-Series 5 Proximity Beacon (model 900-0004-000) is R6CGUS5.
CAUTION: The Beacon should not be used in airplanes, hospitals, or locations where cellular telephones and other electronic devices are prohibited.
The Gimbal U-Series 5 Proximity Beacon has been approved for operation in Canada by Industry Canada (IC).
This device complies with Industry Canada license-exempt RSS standard(s). Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
Le présent appareil est conforme aux CNR d'Industrie Canada applicables aux appareils radio exempts de licence. L'exploitation est autorisée aux deux conditions suivantes: (1) l'appareil ne doit pas produire de brouillage, et (2) l'utilisateur de l'appareil doit accepter tout brouillage radioélectrique subi, même si le brouillage est susceptible d'en compromettre le fonctionnement.
The Industry Canada certification number for the Gimbal U-Series 5 Proximity Beacon (model 900-0004-000) is 10756A-GUS5.
The Gimbal U-Series 5 Proximity Beacon has been approved for operation in the European Union and other countries which require the CE Mark.
Output power: 0.74 mW @ 2402-2480.0 MHz
Gimbal, Inc. hereby declares that this product is in compliance with the essential requirements and other relevant provisions of Directive 1999/5/EC and to all applicable EU directive requirements. The complete declaration of conformity can be found at: https://docs.gimbal.com/manuals/us5_CE_conformity.pdf. This device complies with ICNIRP exposure levels.
The Notified Body Opinion Number (NBO) for the Gimbal U-Series 5 Proximity Beacon (model 900-0004-000) is AN15C10780-1 (Notified Body Nr: 0984).
The Gimbal U-Series 5 Proximity Beacon has been approved for operation in Australia and New Zealand by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) and the Radio Spectrum Management (RSM) business unit of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), New Zealand.
Display of this RCM mark indicates that the Gimbal U-Series 5 Beacon (model 900-0004-000) is in compliance with all applicable Radio Spectrum Management (RSM) and Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) regulatory arrangements—telecommunications, radio communications, EMC and EME—and with applicable state and territory electrical equipment safety requirements.
The Gimbal U-Series 5 Proximity Beacon has received a type approval Certification from the Government of India, Ministry of Communications & IT, Department of Telecommunications. The Equipment Type Approval number for the Gimbal U-Series 5 Proximity Beacon (model 900-0004-000) is NR-ETA/1933.
The Gimbal U-Series 5 Proximity Beacon has been approved for operation in Japan by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC).
The MIC Type certification number for the Gimbal U-Series 5 Proximity Beacon (model 900-0004-000) is 007-AD0074.
The Gimbal U-Series 5 Proximity Beacon has been certified for operation in Korea under Clause 2, Article 58-2 of the Radio Waves Act by the Korea National Radio Research Agency. The certification number for the Gimbal Series 5 Proximity Beacon (model 900-00004-000) is MSIP-CRM-213-900-00004-000.
The Gimbal U-Series 5 Proximity Beacon has been approved for operation in Mexico by both the Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (IFETEL) and the Normalización y Certificación Electrónicica, S.C. (NYCE).
The IFETEL Certificado de Homologación number for the Gimbal U-Series 5 Proximity Beacon (model 900-0004-000) is RCPGI9015-0841 and the NYCE certificate number is NYCE/CT/0531/15/TS.
La operación de este equipo está sujeta a las siguientes dos condiciones: