Bluetooth® is a wireless tool that allows for devices to communicate with each other without a central access point. Bluetooth low energy, also called Bluetooth LE, means it can be used without requiring power from the devices that are using it. Geotab’s IOX-BT solution incorporates Bluetooth LE beacons for tracking assets such as inventory, containers, tools, equipment and more.
There are two major types of Bluetooth devices: classic and Low Energy.
Type: Bluetooth classic
Description: Protocols prior to version 4.0. Primarily used for transferring large amounts of data
Devices/applications: Headphones, printers and file exchanges
Type: Bluetooth Low Energy (LE)
Description: The specification for version 4.0 was released in 2010. It was originally used by battery powered devices requiring short transfers of data
Devices/applications: Heart-rate monitors, smart watches, temperature sensors and home automation.
Newer versions of the Bluetooth LE specification granted increased data transfer bandwidth, allowing it to replace the classic version for almost all applications. Bluetooth LE chipsets can be commonly found in laptops, tablets and phones
The low energy specifications make this version of Bluetooth especially suited to battery-powered applications. Depending on the capacity of the batteries used, it is possible for a device to last for years before requiring a replacement.
There are two types of devices used in a Bluetooth LE system: a client and a server. A server collects and hosts data from various sensors or sources.
Pairing requires significantly more power consumption on the server side than just advertising. In order to preserve the battery longevity of the server, it’s best to keep pairing as infrequent as possible.
Combining Geotab’s Bluetooth IOX solution with Bluetooth LE beacons can realize a number of different use cases. The Geotab marketplace has several bluetooth applications that enable uses such as:
Additionally, any Bluetooth LE beacon that uses a public MAC address can be tracked and reported based on its proximity to the receiver. By attaching these beacons to your key assets, you can associate them with whichever warehouse, facility or vehicle they are currently in. This provides more information to help you manage and optimize your business.
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