Great idea and a huge opportunity, isn’t it?
Bluetooth Beacons are small transmitters that are permanently sending a signal in a distance from a few inches/centimeters (close) to a few foot/meters (near) and up to 70 meters to all devices that are listening for such a signal.
Beacon Management Mobile App
All mobile devices having a Bluetooth Low Energy capability and placed in the beacons’ broadcast range will receive the signal. The applications installed on the mobile device will know what type of action to take, like showing presence notifications, transfer assets to specific locations or identifying specific goods or assets wearing beacons.
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you have to transmit energy by sending energy to this antenna. That’s why they have to be so long. Active RFID does have its own power source but it’s not as handy because of that antenna size.
It’s kind of like a lighthouse: it repeatedly transmits a single signal that other devices can see. Instead of emitting visible light, though, it broadcasts a radio signal that is made up of a combination of letters and numbers transmitted at a regular interval of approximately 1/10th of a second. A Bluetooth-equipped device like a smartphone can “see” a beacon once it’s in range, much like sailors looking for a lighthouse to know where they are.
Vehicle dealership & warehousing: on-time shipment & lower operational costs by allowing staff to quickly locate the vehicle that they need to ship to a specific customer within indoor and outdoor parking lots with cars, forklifts, trucks, golf carts, etc.
Manufacturing maintenance services: better operational availability & fewer bottlenecks by allowing manufacturing and maintenance staff to quickly find the expensive tool/equipment they need so that it never stays idle or stops production.
Coils and other rolled materials manufacturing: higher throughput rate by allowing staff to find the piece of inventory they need in order to prepare a customer order. (coils, rolled roofing materials etc.).
Pallets warehousing: fewer write-offs and overstocking by making sure that pallets are not misplaced and lost & always have an overview of where they are and where they were was last seen.
You can easily cover a large warehouse space with just a few beacons. For other internal spaces (where you have to deal with smaller rooms, corridors, lifts etc.), you can quickly deploy beacons in fleets to give total coverage.
It’s also worth noting that beacons offer greater security and more control over the type of signals being broadcast and accepted.
One case that we have talked about internally is hospitals. Medical equipment is very high-value, and quickly locating the right device can literally be a case of life and death.
Medical scanners and devices are routinely wheeled from place to place within hospitals; so tagging them with BLE beacons makes perfect sense. Because beacons use low-energy signals, they also avoid interfering with device operations. This also allows usage patterns to be monitored and optimized.
Battery life: Most beacons start with an 18-24 month battery life. However, some beacons with certain requirements and uses last some 6-8 months. Beacons with energy-saving capabilities can last over 5 years.
How can beacons last so long with such tiny batteries? Easy! They don’t actually work that hard. They let Bluetooth do all the work, and Bluetooth is incredibly energy efficient.
Supported format: Does your beacon use the iBeacon protocol? Eddystone? Beacons usually support both of these and sometimes the hardware manufacturer’s own format (like AltBeacon).
Interval: How often can the beacon transmit its message? How often you need your beacon to transmit depends on your specific scenario. (ms=millisecond).
Tx Power: The Transmission Power describes how far a beacon can transmit data. This can be as little as 4 meters, but many reach some 50-90 meters. However, it is not necessary that this number be humongous. A 50-meter range beacon can be just as useful as a 90-meter depending on the specific use.
Packets: A beacon’s “packet” is the data it transmits. This just describes the kind of information it is able to transmit. For example, iBeacon contains one packet (iBeacon itself) while Eddystone has three separate ones.
Sensors: Now, beacons are coming out with extra capabilities. They may include accelerometers, light or movement sensors.
NFC / RFID: Beacons are still very new. For some users, it’s highly important that legacy technologies (like NFC and RFID tags) and beacons work together.
It’s also worth mentioning that the ability to monitor assets does not end with finished products in a warehouse or on a shop shelf.
It’s also possible to monitor parts and materials during the manufacturing process, which again can help avoid bottlenecks in the process and aid fulfillment, and even assign staff to specific tasks based on their current proximity to particular assets. This is a low-cost way to greatly improve efficiency.
There are endless other possible asset management use-cases available, from mobile device management to optimizing transport. Take a look at our other use case examples to get inspired, or check out our range of beacons to see which best fit your business.
The beacon sends out its ID numbers about ten times every second (sometimes more, sometimes less, depending on its settings). A nearby Bluetooth-enabled device, like your phone, picks up that signal. When a dedicated app recognizes it, it links it to an action or piece of content stored in the cloud and displays it to the user. You can “teach” your app how to react to a beacon signal by developing using third-party tools