Any business leader knows that keeping up with technological advances is necessary in order to stay competitive. One of the most exciting advancements in recent years has been the development of Bluetooth indoor positioning systems.
Early adopters of this technology have had great success using indoor positioning beacons to help customers, employees, and visitors navigate around spaces such as airports, shopping malls, office buildings, museums, convention centers, factories, corporate campuses, etc. Now that indoor real-time location services (RTLS) have been proven effective, many more businesses are now investing in RTLS Bluetooth systems.
Perhaps your company is one of those interested in having in a Bluetooth indoor positioning system installed. If so, here are a few things you should consider before finding the indoor navigation system that’s right for you:
Who Will Be Using Our Bluetooth Indoor Positioning System and Why?
The first thing you need to consider before having RTLS Bluetooth installed is who the end user will be and how they’ll utilize this technology at your company. You can’t automatically assume that all employees, customers, and visitors will need your Bluetooth indoor positioning system or use it in the same way.
Let’s say, for instance, that you want to use indoor positioning beacons to track equipment in your warehouse (asset tracking). Visitors to your business obviously don’t need access to this type of information while managers do.
But if the indoor navigation system will be installed in a shopping mall, you’ll likely have a variety of users including customers, employees, suppliers, etc. Each type of user will have different requirements; these needs should be taken into consideration when designing your company’s RTLS Bluetooth system.
What Size is the Area that Needs to be Covered?
Are you on a large corporate campus that needs to have both indoor and outdoor spaces covered by RTLS Bluetooth? Will there have to be indoor positioning beacons installed on multiple floors of your office building? Do you want the loading dock of your business included in the Bluetooth indoor positioning system?
It’s important that you have an idea how much space needs to be included before asking an indoor navigation company for a quote. The cost of having indoor navigation installed is dependent upon the size of the area it includes.
For instance, the number of indoor positioning beacons used with RTLS Bluetooth is based upon the size of the area covered, which ultimately affects the overall cost. Also, covering an exceptionally large indoor/outdoor space could limit your choice of indoor navigation systems to more expensive options.
Before you get too far into the decision-making process, make sure you know how much area the Bluetooth indoor positioning system needs to cover.
How Accurate Do I Want My Indoor Navigation System to Be?
Some indoor navigation systems are capable of extreme accuracy; they can pinpoint locations within just a few centimeters. But not every business needs that kind of accuracy in their Bluetooth indoor positioning system. It all depends upon the needs of your business and how you plan to use your indoor navigation.
For example, if you’re using RTLS Bluetooth for a convention center, the indoor navigation doesn’t need to be accurate down to a few centimeters. In that case, the indoor positioning beacons can successfully direct visitors to the correct exhibit hall with an accuracy range of several meters.
But if your business is interested in using indoor navigation to track company assets, such as equipment, inventory, or personnel, that level of accuracy won’t be enough. You may not need your Bluetooth indoor positioning system to pinpoint assets within a few centimeters, but you’re definitely going to need accuracy that’s more exact than several meters.
Gather the Info and Make the Call
Whatever the needs of your business, having a Bluetooth indoor positioning system installed can help maximize your company’s potential, efficiency, and employee satisfaction. Just make sure you have gathered all the necessary information before shopping around at any RTLS Bluetooth system providers.
Take some time to consider the purpose of your indoor navigation, who will be using it, the area that needs to be covered, and how accurate it should be. Once you have this data, you’re ready to take the next step and find a reliable RTLS Bluetooth company to create a system that works for you. SPREO has been and continues to be leading the forefront when it comes to location & navigation technology, complex mapping engines, and more. Reach out to SPREO for help in designing your system.