With AirFinder, Link Labs has combined the short range benefits of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) with unprecedented flexibility in backhaul (cellular, wifi, ethernet) and the option of further driving down network architecture costs with our Symphony Link LPWAN. AirFinder supports a real-time location system (RTLS), while also supporting other BLE applications at the same time on the same network. An AirFinder RTLS system can be set-up in minutes.
AirFinder has features and functionality that blow other beacon-based systems out of the water, and offer comparable system performance to UWB and IR-systems at a fraction of the system cost and setup time.
These features include:
AirFinder delivers superior features and functionality to UWB- and IR-based RTLS systems at a fraction of the cost. All while supporting other BLE applications.
By leveraging the low-power and low-cost features of BLE with a state-of-the-art architecture.The cost of an RTLS system is a function of hardware and installation costs, maintenance costs, software costs, and the cost of data. A small AirFinder system (e.g. 10 rooms) can be installed for under $300. Trained technicians or electricians are not needed to do the installation, and an installation can be completed in minutes per room. Maintenance is simple - customers can maintain their own system, or maintenance can be rolled into the software fees. Our software is industry-competitive and constantly being improved. With firmware-updates-over-the air, you never have to dedicate staff to get updates
All you need are AirFinder smart tags, AirFinder reference points, and AirFinder access points. We match backhaul to the Internet to the location and use case; AirFinder is supported by cellular, Symphony Link, and WiFi. The smart tags and reference points are BLE devices running the AirFinder BLE profile. With a Symphony Link-based AirFinder system, some additional hardware is required.
Distributed across a facility or building; the more reference points in a network, the finer-grained the location accuracy. For example, you can put a reference in each room of a hospital to provide room-level accuracy. If you need better accuracy in the equipment and materials storage rooms, add more reference beacons. Location accuracy can get down to 1-3 meters, as good as desk level.
Link Labs not only sells its own smart tags and reference beacons, but many BLE devices can be programmed to run as AirFinder smart tags and reference beacons. Moreover, existing and emerging BLE-based applications can be made AirFinder-ready. The AirFinder BLE profile for end devices is tailor-made for inputting your application code, and once we’ve verified it works with our system, you are off and running with BLE applications from temperature and humidity sensing, to environmental and industrial monitoring, etc.