17 August Asset Tracking and Analytics: Hardware for Indoor Tracking 2 MIN READ August 17, 2016 By Gina Wurms hardware, products |UWB|, |Locator Nodes|, |Locator Tags|, |indoor tracking| 0 Indoor Tracking, that is locating persons and objects inside buildings, is in high demand. There are multiple application scenarios. Locating wares during the whole production process Tracking of working equipment and vehicles Position determination of employees/patients and runway analysis Leading clients to specific products with indoor navigation Theft protection and other security applications, for example evacuation Giving drivers turn-by-turn directions infsoft Locator Nodes: individual application scenarios infsoft Locator Nodes are a piece of hardware which we have especially developed for the needs of our clients. They can capture all mobile devices (i.e. smartphones), WiFi enabled devices (i.e. WiFi tags) and Bluetooth beacons (attached to people/goods) and track them server based, without requiring an app. The small receivers are distributed throughout the building and connected to the electrical grid. One of them has internet connection. The Locator Nodes collect the data they receive from a sender (usually smartphone or beacon) and transmit them to a cloud server, where the data is processed. With the multiple tools from infsoft, it is for example possible to look at the position and to analyze movement patterns – in public space they are anonymous. infsoft Locator Nodes also work as beacons. infsoft Locator Tags: the flexible tracking solution infsoft Locator Tags are perfect for large areas with relatively few objects or people to be tracked, for example when medical equipment should be tracked in a clinic. Locator Tags are small and relatively cheap WiFi and BLE transmitters which can be attached to people or objects. In order to determine their position, Bluetooth beacons are distributed all over the building. Beacons are cheap (3-30 Euros) and can simply be stuck to the walls. The Locator Tags receive the beacon signals and transmit the data to a server where the position is calculated. The beacons can additionally be used for precise indoor navigation for clients and employees. infsoft Ultra-wideband (UWB): for high precision Indoor positioning with Ultra-wideband is relevant for certain tracking solutions in the industry environment where a high precision of 10-30 cm and low latencies are required. The installation can be server based (Visualization of positioning data in the backend, no display on a client (smartphone)) or client based Visualization of positioning data on a client (smartphone) and if necessary transmission to the backend). In order to track vehicles, wares and people precisely, you will need UWB Anchors and one infsoft Locator Tag, respectively one additional infsoft Locator Node for server based installations. Sounds interesting? Contact us With infsoft Locator Nodes, infsoft Locator Tags and Ultra-wideband we offer some interesting hardware solutions which we have developed based on the needs of our clients. If you are interested, don’t hesitate to contact us. Related links Examples of use More about infsoft Locator Nodes More about infsoft Locator Tags More about infsoft Ultra-wideband More about beacon technology Get the white paper for free Great introduction to the topic of indoor positioning Download Related Articles Indoor Tracking of People and Objects – This Is How It Works Indoor tracking of people and objects – this is how it works. Find out more about infsoft's indoor trakcing solutions. Read More "Indoor GPS" - Techniques for Indoor Positioning Without Using GPS Techniques for indoor positioning without using GPS - learn more about Indoor GPS in our blog. Read More Indoor Positioning and Indoor Navigation Using Wi-Fi Positioning using GPS does not work reliably inside buildings as there is no visual contact with the GPS satellites. A good alternative is indoor positioning using Wi-Fi. An additional advantage compared to GPS is the possibility to determine the current floor level. Read More The Role of Hardware in Indoor Positioning Projects Find out more about the Role of Hardware in Indoor Positioning & Tracking Projects - Beacons vs. Locator Nodes. Read More Indoor Navigation & Indoor Positioning Using Bluetooth Indoor navigation & indoor positioning using Bluetooth - learn more about the pros & cons. Read More Indoor Tracking Using Beacons or RFID – What Are the Differences? Indoor tracking using beacons or RFID – what are the differences? Learn more in our blog post including an infographic. Read More Comments are closed.