Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)
Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) (or Smart Bluetooth) technology is a cost-effective, standardized wireless personal network technology. Because it is a low cost, low energy type of active RFID, BLE lends itself to asset management and control. At Barcoding, Inc., we have launched a solution called Active Asset Tracker™ (AAT™) that leverages BLE to deliver one of the easiest and most effective asset tracking solutions on the market. BLE sensors, like those used in AAT™, enable organizations to monitor asset movement as well as temperature. AAT™ describes a use case of “Internet of Things” or IoT.
What is Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) Technology?
Advantages of BLE Technology over Adjacent Technologies
- Open architecture
- Low cost and small size
- Low power requirements (able to operate for months or years on a button cell)
- Compatible with a large installed base of mobile phones, tablets, and computers
Sample Use Case of BLE Beacons for Enterprises: Track Asset Movement in Your Building
Let’s say you want to identify the presence of assets in your building or facility. These assets might be large racks, containers, equipment, etc. In the past, you might have reviewed expensive active RFID or GPS systems—but with BLE, there is a solution that is simple enough to work on your smartphone.
Using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) long range capabilities and a few Cloudnode (or read points), our AAT™ system can eliminate the installation of passive reader portals by each door and the need to determine the direction of travel. AAT™ can log the asset “Not Here” when the asset beacon is not seen for a period of time (15 minutes). This is useful in wide open facilities where assets are floor stacked or stored on deep racks. The long range BLE beacons in the AAT™ System can still be seen and viewed.