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End-to-End IoT Ecosystems for Localisation and Condition Monitoring

Articles | By HID Global | 21 December 2017
The entire facility is outfitted using the same wireless infrastructure, thereby keeping implementation costs low and optimizing the entire operation. The entire facility is outfitted using the same wireless infrastructure, thereby keeping implementation costs low and optimizing the entire operation. Photo: HID Global

HID Global provides connectivity from a single source with RFID and BLE

Precision, accuracy, and efficiency are key benefits of integrating RFID technologies into your operational environment. Contactless RFID is a proven technology for the track-and-trace of assets and provides essential capabilities for optimizing and automating industrial workflows and logistics. However, business stakeholders are demanding faster and more substantial results using fewer resources. As you can imagine, this puts additional pressure onto supply chain, manufacturing, and other operational functions across the organization.

It‘s the old adage: do more with less.

By Richard Aufreiter, Director of Product Management, HID Global

Increasing connectivity of both everyday life and working life

There are key drivers to making a true IoT ecosystem a reality, and an increase in internet connectivity is one of them. Our daily lives at home and at work are online – connectivity is everywhere. Power source density is increasing. Battery life is improving year on year. Electronics are using less power. Miniaturization is dominating manufacturing. Furthermore, sensor technology which can detect temperature, motion pressure, and force is powering new productivity solutions. Lastly, data is king. Organizations are using analytics to make definitive business decisions.

Visibility of assets in real-time supports decision making

Passive RFID will continue to be a valuable option for many industrial applications. As industry operations evolve, demands arise for the real-time visibility of assets and items to optimize the workplace by understanding an item’s current location as well as the past, present or future condition of critical equipment. To fulfill these needs, active tags based on Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE) and other technologies are being adopted. Organizations need an end-to-end ecosystem to collect, aggregate, and manage real-time data into useful information to drive mission critical decisions.

Easily locate and manage assets

Companies like HID Global address a growing demand for accurate, real-time visibility of the location of an organization’s assets and item management to improve operational efficiency across different functions – such as the ability to track assets including their historical path location to within one-meter accuracy. Industrial or healthcare organizations need to find tools in a factory, hangar, or expansive work areas throughout a building or across multi-building facilities.

From ladders and carts to emergency hospital equipment, implementing a simplified robust RTLS can save valuable time by locating the required items and having the right tools available to be productive. Production and inventory management processes are automated to gauge equipment utilization and personnel accountability, and to increase locational awareness of products and tools. Location services can also be used to optimize building utilization and management.

Organizations can quickly analyze occupancy rates for health and safety compliance, or empower facility & security personnel to react quickly during emergencies with immediate occupancy data.

Achieve optimal performance and equipment health

Lost capacity and equipment downtime are the biggest threats to a manufacturing operation. In many cases, organizations need increased visibility of equipment performance using multiple data points to monitor and react quickly to critical events. Using instant information, creating predictive and actionable analysis in a meaningful format is achievable. Armed with valuable equipment data, operators immediately know when equipment fails, therefore improving the operational workflows and performance efficiencies across the organization.

A one system seamless experience is achievable

The entire facility is outfitted using the same wireless infrastructure, thereby keeping implementation costs low and optimizing the entire operation. The HID Location Services and Condition Monitoring system, enabled by Bluvision, combines the power of Bluetooth Smart (BLE) beacons, BLE to Wi-Fi gateways, and a cloud service portal. Together, these technologies deliver a seamless operational experience across the organization and turn beacons into true Internet of Things (IoT) sensors.

  • Seamless experience – Sensor Beacons (Beeks™) are available in multiple form factors to deploy across many applications. They support multiple beacon protocols including both iBeacon and Eddystone and use cases, with the longest battery life on the market.
  • Easy to deploy – the cloud service platform easily integrates into existing business application systems using REST APIs to customize data streams, dashboards, and reports. The complete system requires minimal infrastructure that is compact, easy, and quick to install. Additional investment in costly complex servers, antennas, or other ancillary equipment is no longer required.
  • Superior accuracy – streamlined proprietary technology is architected into compact components to provide industry-leading precision, despite challenging environments. Blufi Gateways are used to communicate the beacon location and sensor data directly to the HID Bluzone Cloud Service portal via BLE and Wi-Fi. Experience powerful performance and accuracy without the complexity.
  • Highly secure – leveraging end-toend AES encryption, data transferred within the platform is kept secure. Communication between beacons, BluFi, and the Bluzone cloud portal is encrypted with strong AES 256 bit and SSL/TLS algorithms. Additionally, strict policies are set to aggregate and create autonomous tag data to prevent personal traceability.

This article was originally published in the December 2017 issue of RFID & Wireless IoT Global. Download your personal digital copy of the magazine now and gain exclusive insight into more use cases and the potential of RFID & Wireless IoT technologies for process optimisation in different industries.

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