Bluetooth LE technology is automating key industries – enhancing visibility and compliance through all the major steps of the manufacturing and production process. Bluetooth 4.2. and 5.0 beacons gather sensory data which enables businesses to make informed decisions and automate heating, cooling, and lighting systems. Automation relies on a constant stream of sensory data.
Here are the most common sensors:
Accelerometers measure motion or changes in velocity over time. Cell phones, lap-tops, and cars all use accelerometer data to promote safety and protect devices from sudden falls. In industry, these sensors can detect sudden faults in production line and send alerts to personnel through custom applications. They allow you to determine if an object is moving uphill, whether it will topple if it tilts x-degrees, or whether it’s moving horizontally or angling downward
Temperature sensors measure, you guessed it, temperature. These sensors can turn your beacon into a weather station or quality assurance monitor for cold chain production. Hospitals which must keep oncology medication at a certain temperature save millions each year in prevented spoilage. These systems pay for themselves in the first detected malfunction.
Ambient Light Sensors
Ambient light sensors measure any changes in light due to the open doors, switched lights, and people passing between the sensor and a light source. They can act as a security measure to ensure that rooms are not tampered with and to detect the presence of persons within a building after hours. They are also tools for industrial efficiency and can work together with software to dim and brighten electronic displays and monitors according to presets.
Magnetometers refer to individual sensors used for sensing magnetic fields or to systems which measure magnetic field using one or more sensors. In industries, these sensors can measure the magnetization of a magnetic material like a ferromagnet. Their data can also detect sudden failures in equipment which rely in part on magnetization.
Barometric pressure is the force exerted by the atmosphere at a given point against an object. Fluctuations in barometric pressure are usually a sign of changing weather conditions. In Food and Beverage industries, changing pressure can impede sensitive processes. Changes in pressure within chambers can alert industries to equipment failures and inform management decisions.
Location sensors work through tri-lateration between three or more beacons and can also function as part of a mesh network to alert users via an app as to the location of belongings or family members. This sensor is critical in developing applications which require accurate location data such as way-finding and indoor positioning systems.
Real-Time Location Systems using Bluetooth Smart BLE (4.2 and 5.0) automate quality assurance and process management by providing management with up-to-the-second visibility to each step of the production and manufacturing process. RTLS using Bluetooth Smart BLE ensures each piece of equipment, part, product, and employee is monitored in real-time, preventing bottlenecks, product loss, and inefficiencies. Ensure compliance and safety by adding real-time virtual comparisons during inspections. Through the aggregation of time-stamped location data, management can get to the source of quality issues easily and ensure greater compliance.
Key Benefits: Compliance, Quality Assurance, Avoid Bottlenecks, Reduce Inefficiencies
Bluetooth Smart (4.2 and 5.0) technology creates connections between smart devices and systems in businesses. Bluetooth Beacons have sensors which detect light, heat, and humidity levels. Falling below or above a certain threshold can trigger events such as turning on of heating and cooling systems. Beacons can sense when an employee with a BLE tag enters an area and turn on lights and heating systems. The aggregation and analytics of data allows companies to set heating, cooling, and lighting systems to optimal levels which creates energy efficient buildings and saves money on resources.