Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) – on shopfloor and supply chain
BLE beacons are low power wireless IOT devices – replacing RFID & barcodes. BLE makes gadgets smarter, compact, and affordable – tracking and monitoring outdoors as well as indoor assets.
BLE beacons are widely being used in industrial applications for:
– social distancing at workplace: beacons interact with each other to trigger a buzzer when in proximity;
– tracking manpower movement on shopfloor, for insights on multi-machine manning and productivity, using beacons embedded in access control cards of operators; the same mechanism is used to control unauthorised access;
– tracking connected products and machines with embedded beacons, for operational parameters to ensure safety and increase life-time-value;
– improving visibility through supply chain, by monitoring data from beacons embedded in product packaging, for tracking location
Hotspot gateway devices are needed to scan beacons. These gateways are GSM/BLE enabled wireless device on your warehouse floor, yard, or travelling with goods-in-transit – can, as well, be a smartphone.
Data collected is organized and analyzed to get actionable insights.