Why does Bluetooth become a mainstream high-precision locating technology?
Today, all your smart devices support Bluetooth communication in documents, photos and data. Do you know that Bluetooth can be used for real-time locating in different scenarios? In fact, a wide range of location-based services have been developed using Bluetooth® technology over the years, and it can achieve a 0.1-0.3m accuracy level in real-time locating at present.
Transmitters (usually called tags) and receivers (usually called anchors) constitute basic hardware facilities for Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) real-time locating system (RTLS). Using Bluetooth technology, tags and anchors communicate raw position data through a 2.4GHz special band. Two methods are mainly used to locate high-accurately, Bluetooth AoA (Angle of Arrival) and Bluetooth AoD (Angle of Departure). In BLE AoA Positioning System, a transmitting device uses a single antenna to transmit a unique signal, and the receiving device has multiple antennae arranged in an array. As the transmitted signal crosses the array, the receiving device collects data to calculate signal direction via elevation and azimuth angles. This method guarantees a 0.1-0.3m level of accuracy. In addition to BLE AoA, UWB supports high-precision locating as well. Why choose BLE AoA?
Except for low cost, low power consumption, high concurrence and so forth, an open ecosystem is one of the main reasons to choose BLE AoA.
Bluetooth is a short-range wireless radio wave technology standard that is used for exchanging data between mobile or fixed devices, which means that all devices equipped with Bluetooth function can be regarded as potential terminals used for real-time locating. In the latest core specification, Bluetooth Core specification v5.1, Bluetooth supports high-precision locating due to Bluetooth Direction Finding. As a result, a considerable amount of equipment already in use can become terminals of real-time locating, while UWB technology needs specialized tags and devices.
With open ecology, Blueiot is compatible with protocols from Bluetooth 4.2 to Bluetooth 5.1 (more comprehensive range and more rapid speed than Bluetooth 4.2) and can access all Bluetooth Low Energy terminals. Using Bluetooth protocol, any smart terminal can be located, tracked, and navigated in indoor and outdoor spaces with one line of code, whether it’s a mobile phone, wristband, watch, earphone, stereo, anti-lost device, or car.
For a more comprehensive ecosystem, Blueiot designs its practical application software (supports Android & iOS systems), which, once installed on smart Bluetooth devices, the devices can transmit location data to Blueiot anchors, which are deployed in the proper position. In this way, Blueiot builds a connected and digitized IoT network for customers and partners and provides a varied choice of transmitters, receivers and exploitable application scenarios.
In addition to smart devices with built-in Bluetooth, Blueiot has specialized transmitters for different types of indoor locating. On account of the wet industrial environment, Blueiot deployed IP65 or IP67 waterproof levels for transmitters. In consideration of health care needs, transmitters use skin-friendly materials and add heart rate monitoring functions in both wristbands and sports watches. For children users, food-grade silicone, non-toxic and soft skin-friendly wristbands are designed, which also support personalized needs and a variety of colors. Even in some particular scenarios, Blueiot offers customized functions, such as anti-dismantling wristbands in the judicial scene.
Except for an open ecosystem of hardware and software, Blueiot establishes an inclusive partner ecosystem for industry partners.
Blueiot Partner Program provides professional and reliable training services for resellers, software developers, solution providers, system integrators, IT consultants and designers who are engaged in indoor positioning and are willing to become partners with Blueiot. Provided that you begin with a Blueiot demo kit, you will take participate in a 10-day training program, including an overview of the Blueiot training session, preparation, system set-up, function introduction, etc. At last, you can take a test to examine your learning outcomes or straight out of training. Besides, when you join the Blueiot Partner Program, you are not just gaining access to our product and training program, you are connecting to the use cases, incentives, marketing booster, professional technical support and sales enablement. What is more, you can acquire a partner portal that can manage your orders, reward and courses in the future.
Using Blueiot solution partner program, solution providers, platform and system integrators, software developers, and technology partners can combine Blueiot’s technical capabilities with marketing resources to expand market share and attract new customers worldwide. Over 500 clients from 47 countries have been successfully served by Blueiot and its partners using Bluetooth AoA positioning technology up to now.
With more IoT businesses and companies pursuing industry 4.0 requiring indoor positioning, Blueiot expects the BLE AoA positioning technology can help them achieve their goals and accelerate the construction of smart cities. Become our intimate friends and find out how Blueiot real-time indoor positioning system can benefit your business!
Blueiot (Beijing) Technology Co., Ltd is a world-leading RTLS (Real-time Location System) provider committed to developing high-precision locating products and solutions for indoor applications in healthcare, logistics & warehouse, manufacturing, smart retail, smart buildings, etc.
Blueiot locating system applies cutting-edge Bluetooth AoA (Angle of Arrival) technology and brings its accuracy level down to 0.1m, 10 times higher than traditional Bluetooth technology.