Not every device or object can be equipped with a GPS transmitter. Nevertheless, these objects and tools should be located. Also usage protocols and theft protection should be available.
Using BLE beacons in combination with GPS vehicle location solves this problem. There are numerous application areas - wherever there is no permanent power supply. GPS transmitters in vehicles receive and transmit the beacon data to geoCapture. Location, loading, transports etc. are logged without gaps. Cost-effective and simple.
A BLE beacon is a small, robust radio transmitter (Ø 3.5 - 5.5 cm) that can be attached to machines, tools and objects of all kinds. A variant of the Bluetooth 4.0 standard is used for the beacons: Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) - low power consumption. A beacon therefore has a very long service life of up to 15 years. At regular intervals, signals with a range of approx. 50-100 m are sent to the environment with the individual device identification.
Signals of the BLE beacons are received by GPS transmitters, wall devices (gateways) or smartphones and transmitted to geoCapture.
In addition, the BLE beacons are inexpensive to purchase, waterproof, dirt-resistant and shockproof. Ideal conditions for use in harsh environments.
Depending on the design, beacons can transmit different data:
Its versatility opens up countless application possibilities.
The formats iBeacon (Apple) and Eddystone (Google) are very common. Both standards are of course supported by geoCapture.
BLE beacons can be attached to a variety of devices, tools or small machines. Reading out the various data becomes child's play.
Some examples for the use of beacons:
Positioning: containers, trailers, small machines, vibratory plates, transport racks, tools, scaffolding, lawn mowers, ladders, attachments, refrigerated containers
Monitoring: cold chains, temperature during refrigerated transport, route recognition, assignment of loads,
Inventory: construction sites, tool magazines, warehouses, open spaces, vehicle equipment
Documentation: operating hours, deployment protocols, transport routes, cold chains, last locations, movement, loading, use
Deployment planning/controlling: project planning, cost accounting
Crowd-GPS: Joint search for lost/stolen items by the geoCapture community
Usually the signals of the BLE beacons are received via smartphones. However, only if the corresponding app is started on the smartphone. GeoCapture therefore additionally relies on the reception by GPS transmitters. If a vehicle with a GPS transmitter drives within the range of the BLE beacons, these are automatically detected by the GPS transmitter. So you know directly which devices and tools are in the vicinity or how a vehicle is loaded. The GPS transmitters ensure a complete and reliable transmission of the data. Locations, loading, transports, and much more are logged seamlessly.
BLE beacons can also be used in buildings or warehouses. Gateways serve as stationary receiving stations. These are installed in the warehouse or on the company premises and receive regularly the signals of the devices with BLE Beacon. Thus it is permanently determined which devices are in the warehouse. This allows, for example, a lightning-fast inventory in your warehouse, at the place of action or at the emergency vehicle.
Due to the continuous transmission of the current data, you do not have to keep any handwritten protocols or make any manual entries. In addition, BLE beacons will significantly reduce theft and waste less time searching for devices or tools. This immediately increases productivity and reduces costs. Using BLE beacons pays for itself in a very short time.
On average, 24 devices per year are simply lost in the company. The company suffers a great deal of damage as a result of the search effort, the downtime and the loss of the equipment. Crowd-GPS from geoCapture provides a remedy. The geoCapture Crowd-GPS function helps you to locate lost or stolen tools or devices.
If you report a tool as lost in the geoCapture portal, the Crowd-GPS function is activated. Crowd-GPS uses swarm intelligence to search for the lost tool when it is out of range of your own vehicles. All vehicles, gateways and smartphones of all geoCapture customers then help with the search.
This is done fully automatically in the background. Only you know that the tool is reported lost. As soon as the stolen tool reaches the reception area of one of the countless Bluetooth receivers, you are immediately notified by SMS, email or voice message. The location of the device is displayed in the software.
Some tool manufacturers also equip their equipment with BLE beacons. But these systems are not compatible with each other. Each manufacturer uses its own protocols and software. This is cumbersome and not very practical.
GeoCapture supports beacons of numerous manufacturers and so all data are stored and evaluated in only one software. One system for all - unique on the market!
With geoCapture these manufacturers can be used:
Bosch (TrackMyTools), Caterpillar, HILTI (OnTrack), Milwaukee (Tick), STIHL (Stihl connect), ELA, iBeacon, Eddystone and Husqvarna.
Other tool manufacturers will also use BLE-Beacon in the future. We have therefore developed our software in such a way that we can add further manufacturers to it at any time.
Due to their robust design (DELRIN housing), beacons are ideally suited for use on construction sites. Dirt and water cannot damage the transmitters (protection class IP68).
Our beacons are provided with mounting holes. This mounting on machines, containers or tools can be versatile:
We recommend Multibond Comfort from TECHNOLIT® as the adhesive. These have been tested by our customers with very good results. You can order the adhesive directly from us.
If you have any further questions about our technology, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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