This is a Real Time Location System (RTLS) commonly used for indoor asset tracking applications. Although the system comes pre-programmed and works out of the box, we have also included much of the source design files under a non exclusive, perpetual, royalty-free license in order to allow you to build from scratch should you like.
The system consists of 4 components:
1. BLE Beacon
2. BLE to Wifi Gateway
3. Electric Imp's IoT Backend
4. Losant application specific dashboard, data storage, and data analytics
Their are multiple applications for this RTLS with some requiring more than one gateway, for more information please see APPLICATION LIMITATION section below. All of the applications can track as many BLE Sensor Beacons as you would like to add to the system.
HOW IT WORKS
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Your building's WiFi credentials are easily uploaded to the gateways using the Electric Imp BlinkUp technology. This will then also automatically register the device with the Imp Cloud, and subsequently with the RTLS Application on Losant.
Once the gateway is configured it will automatically start picking up beacon sensor data and RSSI broadcasts. Utilizing the RTLS application, you can upload a floor map, register specific gateways with specific locations on the map, and visually log/plot beacon location and sensor data. See below image for example graphic:
Possible Use Cases
Quickly find needed tools in a factory, hangars, and work areas such as ladders, tool boxes, carts, emergency equipment, forklifts etc.
Manage and utilize parts left unaccounted for. Create alerts when parts stay in specific areas for extended periods of time.
Production / Inventory
Manage your products: keep track of where they are and create alerts when they are moved from specific areas. Understand the storage environment with a variety of sensors.
Track in real-time dangerous items such as moving vehicles or hazardous material within a location.
Understand real-time employee location and path history. Analyze workplace patterns, pathway effectiveness and hot zones; both in real-time and through historical data.
Safely account for every employee in real-time in case of emergency; Designate dangerous areas with geofences, and create alerts when non-qualified personnel enter those areas. Know where your team members, and people you need to collaborate with are, at any time.
With only one gateway a limited subset of functionalities are possible. Users will be able to detect whether a beacon is in proximity of the gateway and will be able to assess whether the beacon is moving towards or away from the gateway.
Capable Functionalities: Zone Detection, Beacon Environmental Monitoring
With two gateways beacons will be able to be directionally tracked across multiple zones.
Capable Functionalities: Multiple Zone Detection, Movement Directional Analyses, Zone Detection, Beacon Environmental Monitoring
3 OR MORE GATEWAYS
With three gateways fully featured Real Time Location Mapping is possible with BLE Beacons.
Capable Functionalities: Triangulation Pinpoint Detection, RTLS, Zone Detection, Beacon Environmental Monitoring, Multiple Zone Detection, Movement Directional Analyses
Available for download upon campaign completion:
- Electrical BOMs
- Electrical Schematics
- Electrical Layouts
- BLE-WiFi Gateway Source Code
- CAD Models
- Drawing Package
- Mobile App - Gateway Configuration
- RTLS Application
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