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How is Bluetooth RTLS Useful for Organizations?

By Enterprise Technology Review | Tuesday, October 06, 2020

Real-time location systems (RTLS) have become the building block for applications that boost productivity, efficiency, and safety in every industry you can think of.

Fremont, CA: Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS) can be considered to be accomplishing the same essential task as the GPS systems of twenty years ago. Their ability helps in accurately locating and tracking assets, and people allows processes to be optimized and help the employees to indulge in activities that bring more value to the organization. The way a physical object move is viewed through a digital prism and has made RTLS crucial to achieving next-level operational efficiencies.

The system enables businesses to understand and use their assets efficiently. They make daily operations more transparent and aid in the process of optimization. Along with the development of digital transformation, several options and standards have appeared. Bluetooth, UWB, LTE, and Zigbee all provide excellent service to businesses, even if using different methods. Extracting the most out of a connected infrastructure begins with the choice of standard, and the technologies available are rapidly changing. Top 10 Sensor Technology Companies in Europe - 2020

The importance of any RTLS rests in the data it transfers or collects. The most basic systems register when an asset passes through a location. Bluetooth LE tags used in Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS) presents significant opportunities for the companies to increase the visibility of their assets, employees, and resources. The low cost of the technology also makes it applicable in settings where such advanced systems might not have been otherwise feasible. The growing popularity of RTLS systems will lead to new use cases and the replacement of older, less sophisticated systems like RFID and barcodes.

The system helps in sending a signal, and the beacon sending out this signal to the world might be stationary, perhaps mounted on a wall, or mobile, attached to someone or something moving around a space. It’s only when another device hears the signal broadcast by the beacon that any application can go to work. This not only requires receiving the signal but processing it through a piece of software programmed to do something as a result. This is why any beacon-based project requires at least two more components, such as a receiver to pick up the signal and an application to turn that information into some useful action.

A receiver is a Bluetooth-enabled device that listens to beacon signals in its range and passes all the information it grabs to the application. The application, located in the cloud, computes the data and translates it into whatever it was programmed to show.