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By Rich Handley

Fathom Intros New Industrial Bluetooth Beacon

Fathom has announced the launch of its new industrial Bluetooth beacon, known as the Fathom Tag. The tag is designed to be integrated with the company's Fathom Hub and Fathom Control system, and to deliver accurate positioning for industrial environments. The Fathom Tag has been developed specifically for location applications. Its rugged design and five-year battery life, along with remote configuration and management capabilities, make it suitable for a variety of indoor and outdoor industrial use cases, the company reports.

"The Fathom Tag is unique to the market in that it has been designed specifically with location in mind," said Guylain Roy-MacHabée, Fathom Systems' founder and CEO, in a prepared statement. "Most Bluetooth tags are designed for non-industrial uses, typically retail environments, and are meant to simply trigger mobile apps by proximity; as such, less attention is paid to their antenna and radiation patterns. By contrast, our Fathom Tag has an optimized radiation pattern that ensures accurate positioning and a rugged design that is essential for reliable operation in warehouses, factories, and other industrial environments. While Fathom can detect and locate nearly all third-party Bluetooth beacons, Fathom optimally detects, locates and manages Fathom Tags to help address the needs of customers who require this additional level of performance."

The Fathom Tag includes an omnidirectional antenna that provides a consistent radiation pattern for determining its location; remote monitoring and configuration management via Fathom Control, including firmware updates; the ability, through Fathom Control, to remotely update groups of Fathom Tags to the same profile, such as changing power or transmit levels; concurrent iBeacon and Eddystone beaconing; a rugged industrial design suitable for use in both indoor and outdoor environments; IP67 certification; a replaceable battery; and an onboard accelerometer with board-level expansion ports.

"The Fathom Tag was designed from the ground up to work seamlessly with Fathom Hubs and Fathom Control in order to provide all the technical components that customers require to integrate accurate location data into their existing asset tracking, business intelligence or control system," said Haris Afzal, Fathom's CTO, in the prepared statement. "We also worked closely with a number of industrial users, to incorporate their feedback, in order to provide flexible installation options and increase reliability, while integrating the Fathom Tag with Fathom Control."

The Fathom Tag is sold as part of the company's location-as-a-service (LaaS) system. This includes the Fathom Hub and a subscription-based Fathom Control system and application programming interface.

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