Therefore our unconventional BLE mixes the advantages of the active and passive RFID, plus the ones coming from the new BLE Technology, as the reduced costs and the open standard IoT-based. The BLE used with our point of view goes from consumer application to the industry one and is suitable to respond to the market expectations, in all those scenarios where the tracking of people and items (both indoor and outdoor) is required.
Compared to the standard logic in which Bluetooth Low Energy is used in retail, the Beacon is not seen just as a fixed “lighthouse”, but in our BluEpyc system Beacons are in movement, while Gateway are in fixed position to monitor particular area (warehouse, hospital, parks, museum, etc.).
Adopting this approach, the BLE can be used in order to implement a Real Time Location System, for indoor environment where GPS cannot be used.
With this process the RTLS becomes possible with a Zone Method; the Gateway setting a filter on the RSSI of the signals received from Beacon can modify the covered area.
By modifying the Beacons power transmission and the RSSI filter on the Gateway or EchoBeacon, is possible to split the whole area to control, in more sub-areas and realize a RTLS with Zone Method.
Based in one of the biggest advantages of the RFID, where antennas can receive hundreds of unique ID of tags at the same time, we designed the BluEpyc BLE Gateway Reader family devices (Observer), with the same anti-collision performances and so able to detect an high number of Beacons/Tags.