Sometimes you face challenging places for location installs. Atriums are the first examples to come to mind. In this case there was nowhere to pull a Cat5 cable and get a BT11 installed. The use of a third-party beacon could help if coverage through an atrium is required.
The information about the battery-operated beacon will need to be manually entered, but then the Mist AI Engine will add it to the “beams received” and use its x,y and transmit power to help with location calculation. This can be useful when either aesthetics or just the lack of cable needs a quick fix. Keep in mind that Mist will neither be managing the beacon nor know its health. The manual configuration and placement on the map will be used and your mileage may vary.