Bluetooth Low Energy

Why we chose BLE over other technologies

Table overview

Range — the range the signal is able to reach
Energy Efficiency — the efficieny comparing power consumption and output
Connection Stability — the stability of a established connection between devices
Standard-Status — the status of establishment as a general standard technology
Hardware Expense — the amount of costs by building a solution with this technology
Setup Effort — the amount of effort necessary to set up a solution with this technology
Data Security — the status of security for transmitted data via this technology
Tracking Accuracy — the accuracy with which asset tracking is possible

Bluetooth Low Energy - BLE

What you need

In order to setup a BLE mesh for infrastructure and Asset Tracking or other use cases you need Beacons, forming a connection between each other, a Gateway, communicating with the beacons and with the internet to recieve the data in a platform or software and Asset Tags, fixed to the assets you want to track. This hardware must be installed in your site.

What you get

BLE connects all your beacons in a mesh, enabling them to communicate with each other over the mesh. This infrastructure enables a lot of different use cases e.g. Asset Tracking and Inventory Management, Access Management, Indoor Navigation, Proximity Marketing, Information Management. BLE beacons usually enable a tracking accuracy of 1 to 2 meters by low energy consumption and high data troughput. The position estimate is based on signal strength trilateration. BLE offers a high data security with individual encoding. Bluetooth is well established as an international standard and integrated in many devices.


Ultrawideband - UWB

What you need

In order to setup a UWB infrastructure you need UWB transmitters that are fixed with a ethernet cable, to be able to communicate with the internet or transmitters communicating via a mobile device and also some kind of UWB asset tag. Also you would need some kind of platform or software to aggregate the data.

What you get

UWB transmitters do not form a infrastructure themselves, but send their data to a central aggregation point. UWB enables an asset tracking accuracy of approximately 0,3 meters by very high energy consumption and high data troughput. UWB has a high data security.


WLAN / WiFi

What you need

You need WLAN hotspots in some kind of form in order to form a infrastructure and a mobile device capable of recieving WLAN signals. iOS devices are excluded caused by their settings.

What you get

WLAN enables an accuracy of 5 to 15 meters by very high energy consumption, high data throughput and high latency. The whole logic behind needs to work on the mobile device as the WLAN hotspots only send MAC and RSSI signals, which then have to be processed by the mobile device. in the past WLAN has proven that it is not completely secure from external access.


RFID / NFC

What you need

In order to do asset tracking with RFID technology you need some RFID tags for the assets and RFID scanners that are capable of scanning the tags. The data needs to be aggregated and processed in a platform or other software.

What you get

The range of RFID is below 1 meter so RFID is not for tracking in an area, but more for close range capturing of data and information. The energy efficiency is very high, as an RFID tag only is powered when scanning the RFID tag. RFID tags can be read by any RFID scanner.


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