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By Claire Swedberg

Bluvision Launches Beacon-based RTLS

Bluvision, a provider of enterprise Bluetooth beacon solutions, has announced the launch of its real-time locating system (RTLS) solution for enterprises.

According to the company, industries that have been slow to adopt RTLS solutions have cited the limitations of the location accuracy provided, the cost of readers and tags, and the complex infrastructure requirements. Bluvision says its RTLS solution addresses those concerns since it offers accuracy greater than 1 meter (3.3 feet)—even in large open environments containing many people, metal objects or RF noise—requires minimal hardware, is easy to implement and comes with the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO). The solution leverages Bluvision's Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons and proprietary location engine to determine the specific locations of assets (equipment, inventory and individuals) in real time, and can also show history, path and dwell-time analytics.

Bluvision's RTLS employs beacons with custom firmware, beacon gateway devices, and advanced algorithms running on the cloud. The solution does not require wired hardware, and can be installed quickly by plugging in the company's BluFi gateways, provisioning beacons through the cloud and attaching sensors or tags to the assets to be tracked. The low cost of the devices and remote fleet management, the company reports, translates to scalability that is crucial while tracking assets for large global enterprises.

Bluvision has already been receiving a great deal of interest from enterprises seeking a more affordable RTLS solution, according to Subhashree Sukhu, Bluvision's marketing manager, or that are trying to move away from major infrastructure requirements. The company is currently working with multiple clients on pilot projects, he says, and many are interested in personnel and equipment tracking.

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