Barcoding, Inc., Baltimore, Md., launched Active Asset Tracker (AAT), a solution that leverages the power of the Internet of Things (IoT) and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons to turn physical assets into sensors for near real-time physical inventory visibility.
In combination with Barcoding’s mobile AAT app (compatible with iOS and Android), the BLE beacons allow users to continuously and accurately track information about an asset’s presence, temperature and movement. Once placed on tracked assets, the beacons communicate data every two seconds to smartphones over 150 feet away, even when inside a vehicle or container. From the mobile application, users can change an asset’s “state,” such as “en route” to “on site.” The beacon’s LED indicates this status to assist in asset identification.
Data transmitted from the beacon includes asset ID, signal strength, battery life, location, LED state, minimum/maximum/current temperature and more. Users can view this information from the app’s dashboard and set up email alerts based on threshold exceptions. Easy to deploy and integrate with existing equipment, beacons come with serialized barcode labels to enable quick association with assets. Plus, beacons are powered by a button cell with a battery life of up to five years.