infsoft Locator Beacons

Integrating infsoft Locator Beacons into your RTLS infrastructure enables easy monitoring of your beacons’ locations and can significantly reduce hardware effort and cost for your beacon-based tracking system.

infsoft Locator Beacons are fixed, battery-powered hardware components that can be easily integrated into a network infrastructure consisting of infsoft Locator Nodes and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons. Long battery life and low installation and maintenance requirements make them an ideal solution for various object tracking applications.

In addition to asset tracking, infsoft Locator Beacons can also serve as a beacon infrastructure for indoor navigation and location-based services.

You can select a hardware below to get to know more about it – including technical features, use cases, and more!

infsoft Locator Beacon

infsoft Locator Beacons enable localization of Bluetooth tags (beacons), and can also serve as a beacon infrastructure for client-based positioning (indoor navigation). Due to small latencies, areas monitored by Locator Beacons are subject to time-delayed tracking, making the application particularly suitable for large building structures (e.g. hospitals, offices) where real-time localization is not required in all areas. In important zones, live tracking is realized thanks to infsoft Locator Nodes that are deployed there.

Functionality of infsoft Locator Beacons

Infsoft Infographic Positioning Using Locator Beacons
infsoft infographic: server-based positioning using infsoft Locator Beacons

A set of fixed Bluetooth Low Energy receivers (infsoft Locator Beacons) are deployed in the area to be monitored. The radio-based Locator Beacons are programmed to detect Bluetooth signals at regular intervals (e.g. every 2 minutes), which are transmitted by nearby, mobile Bluetooth Low Energy asset tags (beacons). The Locator Beacons report this information to infsoft Locator Nodes in proximity. The Locator Node’s Wi-Fi or Ethernet is used to transmit the collected data to the infsoft LocAware platform®, where the information is intelligently processed and made available to the infsoft backend tools (e.g. infsoft Trackinginfsoft Analytics). The use of infsoft Locator Beacons reduces the number of infsoft Locator Nodes needed to be installed and thus the wiring effort.

Used simultaneously for client-based applications, infsoft Locator Beacons broadcast Bluetooth signals that are detected by mobile devices (e.g. smartphones) and are used for positioning based on a signal strength measurement.


Technical Features of the infsoft Locator Beacon

  • Dimensions: 72 x 72 x 18mm (LxWxH)
  • Weight: 142g (including 4 replaceable batteries)
  • Sensors: Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) 5, 2.4 GHz
  • Power supply: battery-powered, battery lifetime of up to 10 years
  • Enclosure: IP67 waterproof enclosure
  • Installation: mounted on ceiling (magnetic mount including 2 boreholes, sold seperately)
  • Price: unit price 20 €, mount 8.20 €

Product Sheet infsoft Locator Beacon


Use Cases for infsoft Locator Beacons

The use of infsoft Locator Beacons proves beneficial for numerous applications. Here are some examples:

infsoft Locator Beacon Smart Plug

infsoft Locator Beacons Smart Plug provide transparency on energy consumption and costs and ensure efficient energy management. Unlike Locator Beacons and Locator Beacons Road Stud, infsoft Locator Beacons Smart Plug are connected to the power grid. Consequently, they are not affected by latency limitations and BLE communication occurs without time delay.

The smart sockets enable real-time monitoring of mobile BLE asset tags as well as continuous collection of power consumption data. By wirelessly transferring this information to the infsoft software tools, historical and current data can be viewed at any time and can be compared with selected periods. Devices with high power consumption can be easily identified. In addition, energy-saving profiles can be stored that take individual or all devices off power at specific times.

Functionality of infsoft Locator Beacons Smart Plug

Positioning And Energy Monitoring Using Infsoft Smart Plug
infsoft infographic: server-based positioning and energy monitoring using infsoft Locator Beacons Smart Plug

Individual consumers (e.g. PCs, printers) are connected to the Locator Beacons Smart Plug. Via Bluetooth, the collected consumption data is forwarded to an infsoft Locator Node, which transmits it to the infsoft LocAware platform®. Here, the data is visualized and made available for evaluation. In addition, individual consumer operating times can be stored as well as automated notifications, e.g. when previously defined threshold values are exceeded.

In order to locate mobile BLE tags (beacons), the Bluetooth signals emitted by the beacons are received by the Locator Beacon Smart Plug, transmitted to an infsoft Locator Node and then transferred to the infsoft LocAware Platform®.

Repeater Functionality of infsoft Locator Beacons Smart Plug

infographic repeater function infsoft locator beacon smart plug
infsoft infographic: repeater functionality of infsoft Locator Beacons Smart Plug

By establishing a network of Locator Beacons Smart Plug acting as repeaters, the collected scan data from a Locator Beacon-based tracking system can be sequentially forwarded to the nearest Locator Node. This further minimizes the number of infsoft Locator Nodes required (typically to one per floor) and significantly reduces installation time and costs. Due to high signal coverage, in most buildings a maximum of five Locator Beacons Smart Plug per floor will be sufficient to forward the scan data to a Locator Node.


Technical Features of the infsoft Locator Beacon Smart Plug

  • Dimensions: 110 x 62 x 67mm (LxWxH)
  • Sensors: Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) 5, 2.4 GHz
  • Input voltage: 100-240V AC 50/60Hz
  • Maximum load: 16A
  • Plug type: US/EU/UK/AU/FR
  • Price: unit price 30 €
infsoft Locator Beacon Smart Plug

Use Cases for infsoft Locator Beacons Smart Plug

The smart Bluetooth Low Energy sockets allow for continuous monitoring of energy consumption. Here is an examples:

infsoft Locator Beacon Road Stud

Just like the infsoft Locator Beacons, the infsoft Locator Beacons Road Stud can be used for time-delayed tracking of assets. They are characterized by the fact that they are installed on the ground rather than on ceilings or walls. Furthermore, road stud beacons are extremely resistant to weather conditions and weights of five tons and more. Therefore, the road stud beacons are perfectly suited for reliable tracking of assets on wide open spaces. Seamless tracking across indoor and outdoor areas can be realized when infsoft Locator Beacons are installed at the inside while infsoft Locator Beacons Road Stud are mounted at the outside.

Functionality of infsoft Locator Beacons Road Stud

Positioning Using Infsoft Locator Beacons Road Stud
infsoft infographic: server-based positioning using infsoft Locator Beacons Road Stud

infsoft Locator Beacons Road Stud are distributed evenly across the area on which assets are to be tracked. The assets are equipped with BLE beacons transmit signals. The signals are received by the infsoft Locator Beacons Road Stud and forwarded to an infsoft Locator Node 1400. The Locator Node sends the data to the infsoft LocAware platform® where the positioning and intelligent processing of the data takes place.


Technical Features of the infsoft Locator Beacons Road Stud

  • Dimensions: 100 x 100 x 25mm (LxWxH)
  • Weight: 140g
  • Sensors: Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) 5, 2.4 GHz
  • Power supply: battery-powered, battery lifetime of up to 3 years
  • Enclosure: IP68 waterproof and IK08 shockproof enclosure
  • Installation: fixed on ground with screws or epoxy resin
  • Price: unit price 20 €
infsoft Locator Beacon Road Stud

Use Cases for infsoft Locator Beacons Road Stud

The road stud beacons are especially well suited for industrial environments. Here is one possible application scenario.

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