Beacon (disambiguation)

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The word beacon can refer to several things:

  • Aerodrome beacon, a lighting device which indicates the location of a civilian airport
  • Beacon, traditionally a fire lit on a hill to attract attention
  • Beacon (Facebook), a part of Facebook's Ads system that collects and publishes activities of its users from external websites
  • Beacon frame, one of the management frames in wireless local-area networks (WLANs) based on IEEE 802.11
  • Beacon mode service, a simple signal that some space probes use to indicate their status
  • Beacon (supercomputer), an Appro International, Inc. Xtreme-X Supercomputer named Beacon, deployed by NICS of the University of Tennessee, which topped the Green500 list as of November 2012
  • Belisha beacon, a flashing light atop a black-and-white pole placed at pedestrian crossings
  • Bluetooth low energy beacon, a device that broadcasts a unique identifier to nearby portable electronic devices
  • Distress radiobeacon, a tracking transmitter that aids in the detection and location of boats, aircraft, and/or persons in distress
  • Electric beacon, a type of beacon used with direction-finding equipment to find one's relative location
  • Web beacon, an object used to track a user's visit to a web page

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