Positioning technologies are standard in many areas these days. We all use GPS in everyday life to navigate from point A to point B. In addition to navigation, there are many other areas in which location technology is helpful. In addition, they are based on different systems depending on the area of application. Since GPS does not work reliably indoors due to the lack of visual contact with the GPS satellites, an IPS (Indoor Positioning System) has to use other location methods. For example Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) or passive Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID).
Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)
A location system for indoor and outdoor use is geotracking with the help of beacons (small radio transmitters that send out Bluetooth signals). These are attached to the site and each point is precisely measured in a grid. The visitor now installs an app on their smartphone and this communicates with the beacons via Bluetooth. A very precise determination of the location takes place, which enables visitors to navigate easily and independently (e.g. at trade fairs, airports, train stations, etc.). Another advantage is the recording of visitor flows (escape route utilization, number of visitors according to Corona guidelines), theft protection, inventory management of goods and much more.
This system was installed by us at the Utrecht Exhibition Center and the Cologne Exhibition Center. Around 450 beacons in Utrecht and around 1500 beacons in Cologne (indoor and outdoor) ensure precise orientation.
Radio-Frequency Identification RFID
RFID is the contactless exchange of data between an RFID transponder and an RFID reader. The RFID reader builds up an (electromagnetic) magnetic field for data transmission, which supplies the RFID transponder with energy as long as it is in the area of the energy field. Data can thus be exchanged. Information can be read from the chip of the RFID transponder or new data can be stored there.
This system is ideal for access control, time recording, anti-theft protection, cashless payments and much more. Lost transponders can be blocked immediately, every access can be documented and access rights can be changed flexibly.
If you are looking for the technology that is perfectly tailored to your company, please do not hesitate to contact us. As a reliable partner who is at your side for all your questions, we will find the best solution for you. Of course, we not only carry out the installation, but also regular maintenance to ensure reliable operation.