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By Beth Bacheldor

Redpoint Launches New RTLS Badge for Construction Workforce Safety, Productivity

Redpoint Positioning Corp., a developer of GPS-like indoor-positioning solutions, has announced the Redpoint B3 Workforce Safety Badge—its first commercial employee badge design with a more streamlined design than the company's previous, limited manufacturing prototypes. The badges work with Redpoint's real-time location system (RTLS) is designed to be easy to deploy, even on a temporary basis, in areas where Wi-Fi networks are not always available, and in which highly granular location data is required (see Redpoint Positioning Launches High-Precision RTLS).

Skanska USA and other construction companies are currently engaged in Redpoint-based pilot projects for safety applications that alert workers if they enter a restricted area. The Redpoint solution is also being piloted by several retailers for in-store workforce-management applications.

Unlike traditional personnel ID badge solutions, the Redpoint B3 provides high-precision indoor location information for individuals and assets within a construction jobsite, where traditional GPS solutions do not work, the company explains. The B3 is a compact, wearable ID badge that provides two-way communication and employs Redpoint's Indoor GPS platform to pinpoint its real-time location with up to 8-inch accuracy. The badge includes audible and visible alerts for hazard warnings, an emergency call button and a text-message display called e-Ink for communications.

A Bluetooth interface enables connection to smartphones and tablets for BIM navigation and other context-aware applications. The B3 includes ultra-wideband (UWB) and Bluetooth radios, and interoperates with Bluetooth beacons. It has a local Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) application programming interface (API) so that its real-time location data can be forwarded to any smartphone or tablet, or other smart device. An optional rugged badge frame is available for use in hazardous environments, such as construction jobsites.

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