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Bluvision Boasts New RTLS-EZ Solution Deploys Within Hours
The system uses Bluetooth Low Energy gateways that plug into outlets, as well as beacons and cloud-based software, to enable a fast and low-cost solution for RTLS tracking with granularity down to 1 meter.
When vehicles leave the plant floor for storage or finishing services, the gateways continue to track each vehicle's location so that it can be easily located for shipping purposes.
Universities and other schools are using the technology to track the locations of students and personnel for safety and security. Each individual carries a Bluvision beacon-enabled ID badge linked to his or her identity. The gateways collect location data, not only to identify who is at which location in the event of an emergency, but also to provide the schools with attendance records.
Several banks and other corporate campuses, which typically span hundreds of thousands or even millions of square feet of office space, are using the technology to better manage the use of their offices. Each employee carries an ID badge with a built-in beacon. Staff members can use their badges to access their offices, while the badges can also be used for RTLS functionality. The banks thus know in which offices or spaces their workforce is located, as well as when individuals are there. This enables them to better understand how frequently their offices are used, in addition to when they may have too little or too much real estate. This solution is being offered by HID Global as one if its first "templated use cases" since its acquisition of Bluvision.
A pharmaceutical company is currently employing the technology to track the metal vats of chemicals it uses to create its products (a small tag can be applied to the vat itself). The company can also employ Bluevision's BEEKs Mini-beacons—which are the size of two U.S. quarters—attached to each piece of equipment used in its labs, and thereby track where the equipment is located, where it has been, how long it has been there, how often it is used and when it is cleaned.
"We just continue to make the technology easier to deploy," Sailer says. "When you think about how people used to install active RFID or ultra-wideband, the deployments could take four, five, six months." With RTLS-EZ, he adds, users can now input a specific gateway location assignment into the system, then walk around the area with a beacon to confirm that its accurate location is being received.
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