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April

Beacon-Based Solutions: Blessing for Efficient & Safe Workplace

Posted by anshita

Employees are the core part of any organisation, no matter if it is a question of being a large enterprise or a small one. Shielding health and safety of the employees has been a great challenge for any organisation despite proving to be a long term sustainability factor for a success. Especially, workers working in the most hazardous conditions on this planet full of twists and turns need that extra provision of health and safety, which in turn rewards the organisation to be a success. So for all businesses, occupational safety and health of the OSH is an aspect that you have to really shine light on. Many organisations have led the line to solve this gruesome problem. It is done with the help of BLE technology through beacon-based solutions and beacon-based application development.

Beacons have also been a fundamental part of Internet of Things (IoT). According to ABI Research, it is estimated that by 2020 there will be over 400 million beacons installed worldwide.

Let us have a brief look of BLE technology solutions for health and safety in some of the Real-world cases.

Beacon-Based Solution for Health and Safety 

The beacon-based solution should be designed for tracking and emergency communication solution for field workers and miners for connected and unconnected environments. Industry grade sensors should be deployed throughout the area of working to detect any accident like fire, hazardous gas leakage or flood. If any of these happens, it generates and send the alert messages to control room operator. The Beacon device provides supplemental data in the absence of GPS signals and communicate its location data through BLE technology to GPS Locator watch or any other wearable. So it proves to be helpful as the indoor safety purpose regarding location awareness and delivering an ideal beacon-based solution for those who have to work alone.

The beauty of the device is that if any individual wearing this device falls, fall detection automatically sends alert.

Beacon-Based Solution for Asset Tracking

Beacon devices can be formed into absolutely compact size and by their power-efficiency, they can run on coil cell battery for ages. Workers wearing PPE can also make use of  beacon devices, that provides a feature to track the assets/ people. Traditionally, there was the use of RFID technology, where scanning was to be compulsory. But with the use of beacon-based solution, you can get rid of scanning.

For example, You can identify  a worker in a particular area without scanning his badge. This can be very helpful at mustering points in the event of an emergency. As per ehs today, number of PPE manufacturers are already incorporating the beacons into their products. This helps to make smart PPEs which not only tracks but also manages the safety and security for the workers.

Beacon’s Role in Proximity Warnings 

Proximity Based Solution using BLE Device allows business to collect more data, accurate data. Beacons can be mounted on a fixed location or a moving platforms such as forklifts and heavy machinery in a mobile state. This will allow to provide a whole different class of application for safety and proximity warning messages. The purpose of such beacon-based solution is to warn the workers or to stop the truck or machinery automatically. Moreover, warning alerts when the workers are close to a collision with such moving hazards.

Beacon-based Solutions for safer workplace

Beacon-based solutions can be leveraged as a cutting edge technology for social networking concepts. This imparts businesses globally to keep their workforce informed and safe. However there are certain limitations regarding the accuracy of standard geofences. Beacon-based solutions can solve that problem by improving the location accuracy. We know that beacons are more accurate in terms of location tracking. It has more narrow range than GPS, Cell tower triangulation and Wi-Fi  proximity. Moreover, they use Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to provide location accuracy down to a few meters. This further improves if more beacons are present in the same area. Beacons can be attached to transmit the project’s identifying information to any mobile devices that approach its location. The app can detect these beacons accurately to within 20-70m with very little impact on the battery.

Businesses require extremely high location accuracy or need to separate individual project areas within close proximity to each other.  Beacon-based solution is a great way to improve the geolocation feature for them.

Proximity solution for your business

The advantages of beacon-based solutions is unimaginable. The future with beacon-based solutions really looks positive. We, at LetsNurture, have our own beacon devices developed. Moreover, we have catered our clients by providing beacon-based solutions for their ideas which are a reason for their success. Kaleri app (iOS and Android) is just one of the many beacon-based applications we have developed for our clients.

Get in touch with us now, if you are having any idea and looking for similar beacon-based solution but do not know how it can be implemented from the installation to the execution.

 

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