31 August Beacon Wristbands for Real-Time Tracking Solutions 2 MIN READ August 31, 2021 By Gina Wurms general posts |Hardware|, |Beacons| 0 With beacon wristbands, efficient and reliable real-time tracking can be realized with comparatively low installation and maintenance effort. Setup of a Localization System A tracking system always consists of receiver and transmitter hardware. In most applications, the receiver hardware is distributed at regular intervals throughout the site and is permanently installed, while the transmitter hardware (usually beacons) is attached to the assets to be tracked or carried by people. The receiver hardware can be infsoft Locator Beacons and/or infsoft Locator Nodes 1400. Locator Beacons are battery powered, whereas Locator Nodes must be connected to a power source and the network. This setup of a localization system with Locator Beacons is particularly suitable in cases where area- or room-accurate localization is sufficient and a slightly time-delayed position determination, for example a position query once every few minutes, is sufficient. This is the case for many use cases, including applications in office buildings and hospitals. Problem With Very Short Sampling Intervals and High Sampling Rates However, if a tracking solution requires both high positioning accuracy and a sampling interval of a few seconds, the receiver hardware must scan its environment for signals from the transmitter hardware at very short intervals. In such a scenario, the battery life of Locator Beacons would be extremely short and the maintenance effort correspondingly high. If Locator Nodes are used instead, they have to be installed at shorter intervals, which results in a large installation effort. Solution: Using Beacon Wristbands as Receiver Hardware An alternative setup, which requires much less maintenance and installation effort, is the use of mobile beacon wristbands as receiver hardware. The Minew B10 wristbands are equipped with the firmware of our Locator Beacons and can thus function as receiver hardware just like a Locator Beacon. A high sampling rate of a few seconds is no problem in this scenario, as the wristbands can be easily recharged, for example overnight, and are ready for use within a few hours. In this scenario, the beacon wristbands are worn by people and function as receiver hardware, while fixed beacons or Locator Beacons send out signals and act as transmitter hardware. The received data is then sent from the beacon wristband to an infsoft Locator Node. Only a few of those are needed in such a scenario to relay the information to the infsoft LocAware platform®. Overall, both installation and maintenance efforts are kept comparatively low in such a setup. At the same time, reliable real-time tracking of people is possible. Do you have further questions about infsoft Locator Beacons or would you like to know if they are suitable for your project? Please feel free to contact us! Get the white paper for free Great introduction to the topic of indoor positioning Download Related Articles Types of Beacons for Real-Time Locating Systems There is the right type of beacon for every real-time localization project. Read More infsoft Locator Beacons: Everything You Need to Know In this article we will give you information on all important topics related to infsoft Locator Beacons: installation, functionality, model variants, application examples. Read More How Tracking Solutions Benefit the Tunnel Industry This article describes possible applications of positioning and condition sensors in the tunnel industry and their benefits. Read More Choosing the Right Beacon Strategy infsoft differentiates between two types of beacon inserts: Point-based and grid-based beacon application. Which is ideal for the customer depends on the application. Read More The Use of Tracking Solutions in Industrial Environments In industrial applications, a large number of sensor technologies are used to improve processes and make them more efficient. With the help of tracking solutions, processes can not only be optimized in production facilities, but also the working environment of people can be made more efficient and more pleasant. Read More 5 Ways RTLS Solutions Can Revolutionize Healthcare There are many ways indoor positioning technologies like beacons can be used to revamp the healthcare sector. Read More Comments are closed.