30 July infsoft Locator Beacons with Repeater Functionality 2 MIN READ July 30, 2020 By Katja Streich technical posts |company news|, |hardware|, |Bluetooth|, |Locator Beacons|, |indoor tracking| 0 infsoft Locator Beacons are battery-powered hardware components that are particularly impressive because of their ability to function both as receivers and transmitters and are thus suitable for asset tracking solutions as well as indoor navigation systems. Soon their features will be extended to include a repeater functionality. This will considerably reduce the initial effort and costs for the setup of a tracking system. HOW DO INFSOFT LOCATOR BEACONS WORK? In server-based scenarios, we use infsoft Locator Beacons to enable time-delayed asset tracking with low latencies. The Locator Beacons are programmed to receive Bluetooth signals at regular intervals (e.g. every two minutes), broadcast by nearby mobile Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) asset tags. In the classic application scenario without repeater function, the data is transmitted via BLE 4 from the Locator Beacon directly to an infsoft Locator Node in its vicinity. The Locator Node then sends the data to the infsoft LocAware platform® for further handling and processing. Compared to a Real-Time Locating System (RTLS) where no Locator Beacons are used, this already significantly reduces the amount of Locator Nodes to be installed. HOW TO USE LOCATOR BEACONS AS REPEATERS? At the moment we are working on the realization of an extended functionality of our Locator Beacons. As a result, it will be possible to build a network of Locator Beacons acting as repeaters, which can forward the collected scan data sequentially to the nearest Locator Node. This will minimize the number of required Locator Nodes to one per floor. Due to high signal coverage, in most buildings a maximum of five Locator Beacons per floor will be sufficient to forward the scan data to the Locator Node. As a long-term goal, the Locator Beacons should become able to communicate across floors, which means that eventually one Locator Node per building will be enough. Resulting from these developments, we will be able to tremendously reduce the installation effort and costs for our customers. When used without repeater functionality, the Locator Beacons communicate via Bluetooth Low Energy 4 and can only acquire data packets for scan data of three BLE asset tags. Locator Beacons with repeater functionality, on the other hand, communicate via the new BLE 5 standard, which allows for a significantly higher data volume (scan data of 60 BLE asset tags) and thus longer battery life. General information on infsoft Locator Beacons Do you have questions about infsoft Locator Beacons or would like to discuss your RTLS project with us? Don’t hesitate to contact us. Get the white paper for free Great introduction to the topic of indoor positioning Download Related Articles infsoft Locator Nodes: Modular All-Rounders for Indoor Positioning We at infsoft have developed our hardware with the aim of making our indoor solutions usable for a variety of application scenarios. Read More Indoor Navigation with Beacons – How to Use Them in the Most Intelligent Way Indoor navigation with beacons – how to use them in the most intelligent way. Learn more about the most frequently asked questions. Read More 5 Ways Beacons Enhance Customer Experience With beacons, the offline world can be connected with the online world in order to enable a holistic customer experience. Read More Setting up an RTLS in a Hospital There are several options available for implementing an RTLS in a hospital. In this post we discuss using the existing Wi-Fi infrastructure in comparison to acquisition of a complete solution from one provider. Read More Google Presents Its New Beacon System Eddystone - New Standard Is Fully Compatible with All Solutions by infsoft Google presents its new beacon system Eddystone - new standard is fully compatible with all solutions by infsoft. Read More infsoft 2018 Year in Review This blog post looks back on the year 2018 and describes the developments and trends that characterized infsoft's business year. Read More Comments are closed.