Bluetooth tags, also known as beacons, are small, low-power devices that use Bluetooth technology to communicate with other devices.
They are becoming increasingly popular in a variety of industries as a supplement to GPS trackers. Bluetooth tags are particularly useful for construction companies or any company with a lot of remote assets.
One of the biggest advantages of Bluetooth tags is their ability to pinpoint the location of assets at a fraction of the cost of GPS trackers. They do not require any additional infrastructure or software to function easing the burden of tracking equipment and attachments in yards or job sites.
Another advantage of Bluetooth tags is they can be used to augment data on equipment usage, helping companies to make informed decisions about how to improve their operations. For example, usage data might lead to more accurate customer billing or better maintenance scheduling.
Bluetooth tags are also incredibly easy to install and use. They can be attached to assets using industrial tape, adhesive or traditional screws, and the information they collect can be accessed using a smartphone, tablet, or a GPS tracker with built-in Bluetooth. This means that companies can start using Bluetooth tags with minimal setup and training.
Finally, Bluetooth tags are much smaller than GPS trackers making them easier to attach to assets and more discreet. And they typically have a longer battery life than GPS trackers. For example, a Bluetooth tag as small as the diameter of a quarter can last 5 years.
Bluetooth tags are not perfect. Like the consumer devices used to track keys, they do not have a cellular connection and only work in concert with a phone or another GPS device. But because they are inexpensive, they can complement a mixed-fleet asset management strategy where it’s important to ensure that all assets are being used efficiently and effectively.
Bottom line…Bluetooth tags are better suited for certain asset management applications due to their size, cost, and battery life.
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