Employees are the core part of any organization, no matter if it is a question of being a large enterprise or a small one. Shielding the health and safety of the employees has been a great challenge for any organization despite proving to be a long-term sustainability factor for 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 organization to be a success. So for all businesses, the occupational safety and health of the OSH is an aspect that you have to really shine a light on. Many organizations have led the line to solve this gruesome problem. It is done with the help of BLE technology through iBeacon-based solutions and iBeacon based application development.
iBeacons have also been a fundamental part of the 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 at BLE technology solutions for health and safety in some of Real-world cases.
The iBeacon-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 sends the alert messages to the control room operator. The iBeacon device provides supplemental data in the absence of GPS signals and communicates 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 an alert.
iBeacon devices can be formed into an absolutely compact size and by their power efficiency, they can run on coil cell batteries for ages. Workers wearing PPE can also make use of iBeacon devices, that provide 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 an iBeacon-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 of today, a number of PPE manufacturers are already incorporating the iBeacons into their products. This helps to make smart PPEs that not only track but also manage the safety and security of the workers.
Proximity-Based Solution using BLE Devices allows businesses to collect more data, accurate data. iBeacons can be mounted on a fixed location or moving platforms such as forklifts and heavy machinery in a mobile state. This will allow providing a whole different class of applications for safety and proximity warning messages. The purpose of such an iBeacon-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.
iBeacon-based solutions can be leveraged as 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. iBeacon-based solutions can solve that problem by improving location accuracy. We know that iBeacons are more accurate in terms of location tracking. It has a 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 iBeacons 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 iBeacons 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. the iBeacon-based solution is a great way to improve the geolocation feature for them.
The advantages of iBeacon-based solutions are unimaginable. The future with iBeacon-based solutions really looks positive. We, at LetsNurture, have our own iBeacon devices developed. Moreover, we have catered to our clients by providing iBeacon-based solutions for their ideas which are a reason for their success. Kaleri app (iOS and Android) is just one of the many iBeacon-based applications we have developed for our clients.
Get in touch with us now, if you are having any idea and looking for a similar iBeacon-based solution but do not know how it can be implemented from the installation to the execution.