Knowing the technology that goes into products and how it works can help manufacturing and logistics companies make informed decisions about which asset tracking and monitoring solution can advance their business. Link Labs solutions give companies the option to choose indoor or seamless indoor-outdoor location tracking with AirFinder OnSite or AirFinder Everywhere, through patented technology you won’t find anywhere else on the market.
BLE is a type of wireless communication technology. Bluetooth LE is an even more efficient form of Bluetooth because it conserves even more energy by going into sleep mode when not in use. This technology enables various wireless devices to connect and communicate with each other to deliver a specific message. Industries such as healthcare, manufacturing, and warehousing – have found great benefit from Bluetooth LE for tracking and monitoring their most critical assets via an asset management solution. Due to small data transfers, tags offer lower-power consumption, faster transmission speed, and accuracy, creating a positive impact on a company’s performance. One benefit is that batteries do not need frequent replacement. Companies can save on battery costs and labor costs.
AirFinder XLE® is a groundbreaking technology that extends the battery life of Bluetooth LE IoT tracking devices by up to three years and improves accuracy in asset location to within a meter. XLE® is a great option for companies looking to track assets more precisely across a broad and open indoor area. Through patented firmware technology stemming from Bluetooth LE (BLE), we refer to it as XLE® because of its even greater ability to save on battery life and provide even more precise location measurements to a tagged asset. XLE® is ideal for an indoor commercial setting, as many companies need to find assets several times a day down to their near-exact location – without straining the battery life of the IoT components.
Real-time locating systems, also known as real-time tracking systems, are used to automatically identify and track the location of objects or people in real time, usually within a building or other contained area. Through IoT platforms that incorporate all of the hardware and software components necessary to track and monitor equipment, assets, and people, a RTLS is a powerful tool to enhance workplace productivity.
Many companies offer indoor asset tracking, but with AirFinder Everywhere you can track your assets outside as well. Two technologies that provide outdoor tracking are cellular and GPS. Cellular grabs the address of the nearest cell tower to give a rough location approximation. GPS uses a network of satellites to detect locations on earth. Unlike traditional RTLS GPS and cellular asset trackers, the SuperTag sips rather than gulps power. You can even configure each device to provide updates more or less often to conserve battery life.
RFID location tracking uses Internet of Things (IoT) technology to identify assets like inventory, equipment, or even people. New versions are continually being developed to improve their capabilities. Through various means of RFID asset management, such as active and passive, users have the power to select the option that works best for them. Link Labs uses a form of active RFID called RTLS.
Wi-Fi sniffing is a form of technology used to determine location information without connecting to user networks. Instead of directly connecting to routers, the AirFinder system can triangulate its location based on signals that different routers provide. When it comes to asset tracking outdoors, there’s a few technology types that AirFinder Everywhere uses that provide various benefits. One of those technologies is WiFi sniffing. Our AirFinder solution can be configured to use GPS, Cellular, or WiFi sniffing to track the location of remote assets. WiFi sniffing uses the least amount of battery.Learn more about Wi-Fi Sniffing
Cellular-based asset tracking systems are expensive and unnecessary for assets that stay in a defined area, and using RFID or Bluetooth LE (BLE) can require a lot of expensive infrastructure to install. But blending a powerful long-range system like Symphony Link with GPS or BLE can minimize costs and open up a world of possibilities.
Pulling wires to RFID readers and connecting them to existing WiFi networks is both expensive and time-consuming—but a Symphony integration is simple, with no IT integration necessary.
Aside from Symphony Link, no other existing technology can monitor assets on the frontier of IoT without a significant investment in infrastructure.
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