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HID Global Offers BLE Solution for People-Locating
The system enables companies to better manage their workforce, contractors or visitors via a beacon receiver and a Bluetooth Low Energy-enabled ID badge, with a cloud-based server tracking the locations of individuals and providing alerts and analytics to company management.
May 08, 2017—
Security identity technology company HID Global has launched a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)-based solution known as HID Location Services to allow businesses to identify the locations of individuals within a room. The solution is aimed at universities, financial and manufacturing facilities, and health-care companies that want to manage workforce location in real time.
The system has been piloted by several dozen companies, and includes technology provided by BLE firm Bluvision, which HID acquired in December 2016. Bluvision's beacon portal receivers can be installed throughout a location. Personnel are then provided with Bluetooth beacon-enabled smart cards, and data is captured and managed on a cloud-based server provided by HID Global for a monthly service fee.
"Existing solutions [using RFID] typically require a significant hardware investment in servers, antennas, readers, repeaters, plus other equipment," Lowe says, in order to ensure location granularity to within 10 to 20 meters (33 to 66 feet). HID Location Services, employing BLE technology, can accomplish location down to about a meter with less infrastructure—"namely, the installation of small gateway devices," which he says are about the size of Apple iPhone chargers. Those beacon gateways then share data with a cloud-based server.
HID Global has created smart cards with built-in Bluvision BEEKS beacons that are IP 67-rated, as well as environment- and water-resistant. They come with a coin-cell battery that has a typical life span of three years. Because of the battery, the smart cards are about 2.7 millimeters in thickness—slightly thicker than standard ID badges.
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