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Social Distancing with BLE Beacons

After listening various requests, ideas and suggestions from many business realities, who approached us as potential customers of #Beacon #Bluetooth to be used to support the social distancing required to fight the Sars-Cov2 pandemic, we’ve identified two distinct solutions, both valid and applicable depending on the scenarios that each business reality has within it.

FIRST SOLUTION:

CONTACT TRACING via APP + Bracelets / keychains

In this solution, BLE beacons help to maintain social distancing thanks to the possibility of communicating with the smartphone, in ways similar to the communication between Smartphone and Smartphone; that is, when at least one of the two people is equipped with a smartphone, thanks to acoustic, bright or vibrating alerts implemented, social spacing is encouraged.

SECOND SOLUTION

SOCIAL DISTANCING and CONTACT TRACING via Beacons communication

The solution provides the ability of the beacons to interact with each other and, thanks to the immediate light signal (vibe and buzzer), the possibility to ensure the maintenance of the distance between people. The downside of this solution is the battery life(from 10 to 30 days) , due to the continuous use of the processor to “listen” to the presence of BLE beacons in the nearby. The beacons then also broadcast a special advertising allowing for control intervention by the staff in charge (head of department /RSPP). Finally, the storage function of the MAC Address of the detected beacon can be enabled, to better track the possible chain of contagion.

Both solutions are based on our “standard” BLE beacons, which integrate many other features including the ability to send alarm signals in case of danger or call for help and, the “man down” function, in case of sickness.

Thanks to their ductility, these BLE beacons will able to be used even after the end of the Covid emergency, thus allowing long-term technological innovation.

Beacons can also be integrated in complex systems, with the presence of Gateway and Echobeacon (repeater) devices, for applications in logistics,industry and at all levels of the company. In other words, the proposed beacons, after the Covid emergency, can be rearranged for other purposes and other projects.

 

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Italdadi Srl – Indoor Position System project

Indoor Position System (IPS) project inside a warehouse with Bluetooth Low Energy:
Italdadi’s case

Company born in the 50’s, Italdadi produces metal nuts, which are shipped all over the world: males rubber carriers, niplex, corks and ring nuts, worked with a wide range of surface finishes, complete the mission of this reality.

With over 20 employees and with an annual revenue between 10 and 15 million euros generated from sales all around the world, the dynamic company’s profile is completed.

With a production capacity of more than ten million pieces per month, Italdadi has maintained over the decades a dynamism that has allowed it to distinguish its products from a simple commodity: last generation machines and a last generation information service  allow a real-time control of the productive process, devoted to flexibility and efficency, while more than 1000 containers are moved inside the warehouse(metal bins and pallets).

Italdadi’s expectations

Italdadi’s need is to  know in real-time the position of the containers and their contnent inside a 1000m^2 wharehouse: this will optimize the research of specific goods and to reduce the time of containers shifting.

In the past the research of containers required too much time, also aggravated by the risk of human error: these inefficiencies in logistical timing inevitably had also an impact on the  production.

The solution

The answer to these needs is the Indoor Positioning System (IPS), cheap and convenient, based on the Bluetooth Low Energy technology and the partnership of CD Soluzioni specialized in software management voted for IoT, Global Tag that provided the Beacons and BluEpyc, with its contribution of EchoBeacon and Gateway BLE.

Backbone plug of the Bluetooth Low Energy hardware infrastructure are the Gateways, fixed devices powered and connected to the company’s network via Ethernet, and the EchoBeacon, device working as a repeater (they receive the data from the Beacon and transmit it to the Gateway, ensuring a more granular monitoring of the area presided by the EchoBeacon) that only need to be powered, they are able to reduce installation costs and improve the location of the containers: the Beacons, applied to the containers very easily, send the radio signal (advertising interval) to the Echobeacons, and they represent the heart of the system, while the software is the brain of the system.

Going into more detail about the individual components the Beacons are attached to about 400/500 metal containers stored in the Italdadi warehouse and about 100 containers in the warehouse adjacent to the production, ready to be shipped to suppliers. Started in June 2019 with a feasibility study to evaluate the amount of hardware components to install in the areas of the company and test its performance, the project is evolved, starting from october, of 4 gateways, 24 echobeacons and more than 500 beacons installed on the containers.

At this stage of the feasibility study, the biggest challenge is the correct positioning of EchoBeacon, to ensure a 100% coverage and to avoid the channels congestion, all made more complicated by the reduced  space of the warehouse. By placing the EchoBeacon in some areas, the data transmission was impaired by electromagnetic disturbances, so the performance of the system was not satisfactory: the objective of the site survey is precisely to overcome such limits, identifying the optimal positioning of the device.
In particular, the settings of the Beacons have been evaluated in order to optimize the battery consumption  and the saving of the data in short times: the choice fell on a ping rate that will allow a battery life of 3 years. The data flow in Italdadi therefore starts from the Beacon on the container, arrives at the EchoBeacon which, with the appropriate filters and calibrations, transmits it to the Gateway, which sends the advertising packets to the “signal triangulation” software: after processing those values, the CD Soluzioni’s system returns the Beacon’s positioning to the management software, and then the container to which it is associated.

Benefits

The strengths of the system can be summarised as follows:

  • Very low cost of the Beacons applied to the containers, without reducing their performance, and ease of installation
  • The EchoBeacons do not require connection to the company (wireless) network, so they simplify and reduce installation costs while improving detection accuracy.
  • The software optimizes the radio signals received by the Bluetooth LE system and returns the desired information, i.e. the storage position of the container to Italdadi.

All of this can be translates into rapid traceability of the material to be destined for production and the possibility of sharing information that, made available to everyone, no longer depends on the presence and memory of the operators in the warehouse.

Bluetooth LE Architecture and Services

  • 000 Disk Beacony with wall-mount accessories;
  • 24 EchoBeacons wall-mount model;
  • 4 Gateways industrial ethernet.

Partners Voices

«The Beacon was the project key» states Fabio Mazzola, CEO of Global Tag, «as it was necessary to find a solution that was easy to apply but, robust enough to withstand all production processes, including the heat generated by the freshly produced nuts. We have therefore thought of a silicone type support able to resist and protect the tag from high temperature, humidity and corrosive agents; moreover, the position identified on the container has made it possible to preserve it from shocks deriving from handling by forklift trucks.»

He echoes him Dimitri Cardoni di CD Soluzioni, highlighting how “the NRG Suite is now able to support the entire production cycle in Italdadi, from detecting the position of the container in the warehouse to the processing of orders:

by integrating several operations, the Suite not only returns more information to the company, but has increased its value »

Giovanni and Roberta Poli, owners of Italdadi,  recognize that “we are very satisfied with the result obtained with an excellent quality/price ratio, we have maintained our constant commitment to innovate and improve the production process using the latest available technologies. The introduction of this system, during all  testing and acceptance phases, thanks to the work of the project team, has had little impact on our daily work, allowing us to stay focused on what is our core business»

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Italdadi Srl                          -> http://www.italdadi.it/

CD Soluzioni (Software System for production management)      -> https://www.cdsoluzioni.com/

Global Tag Srl (Beacon Bluetooth Low Energy)                   -> https://www.global-tag.com/

BluEpyc – Softwork Group (EchoBeacon and Gateway Bluetooth LE)       -> https://www.bluepyc.com/

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RFID UHF & HF new antenna layouts

A new range of antenna layouts for RFID tags is available now. The new designs, available in HF (ISO14443 and ISO15693) and UHF, are extremely beneficial in terms of performance and cost.

Depending on the project, it is possible to choose between different formats: dry inlay, wet inlay, coated paper label, or label with plastic surface (PVC, PET or PP).

RFID UHF labels 860Mhz 960Mhz                    Etichette RFID HF 13,56 Mhz ISO15693 ISO14443 NFC Smart Labels

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HF ON-METAL BROKY – Anti-Tamper HF Label For Metal

The news is that, from now on, a new RFID special tag is available in our products range.

On-Metal Broky HF is the self-destructive HF (and NFC) label which can be applied to metal surfaces: it shows if the products have been tampered with!

If any attempt is made to remove the RFID label from the metal surface, the IC chip disintegrates and it is no longer detectable by any reading device.

This tag is the perfect solution for the sealing of metal products.

Customizations are available, such as printing and encoding.
For more information about the product, please contact us at [email protected]

 

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Routy UHF – Reading range up to 30m

Global Tag adds a new RFID UHF long range tag to its product range. Routy UHF is now available!

RFID UHF long range tag

Routy UHF, long range distance tag

Thanks to its features it can be detected, with 2W ERP power, up to 30 meters and, with a mobile device, up to 8 meters, more than double than an usual reading range of a UHF tag.

This new model maintains the features of robustness, ease of application and quality in the materials used. This tag guarantees resistance and durability, even in harsh environmental conditions (Storage temperature from -40°C to + 100°C).

Technical Datasheet

Many customization options are available. For any information: [email protected] or [email protected]

 

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Watchy Slim -The new RFID silicone wristband

Awaiting the summer,  here is an absolute novelty by Global Tag. It is the silicone wristband Watchy SLIM characterized by high quality materials, an amazing versatility and a size which is smaller than any previous version; this last feature has been required by the many customers which have used the RFID silicone wristband of the Watchy Family during these years.

NFC silicone wristband

The new Watchy Slim

rfid silicone wristband

Different models of Watchy family

The specifications and options are unchanged, with the possibility to integrate LF and HF chips (also NFC). The  tag printing is available (up to 3 colors).

This new product has especially been developed for the following applications:

– Access control in swimming pools and spa
– Access control, management of lockers and micropayments in parks and holiday villages.
– Access control for rooms, SPA area, payments, during the stay in holiday villages and luxury hotels

For any clarification: [email protected] or [email protected]

 

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NAILY UHF – RFID UHF Tag with nail form

A new RFID tag, NAILY UHF, has been designed and we are glad to announce its availability starting from today.

This tag has been designed together with a spannish partner for the logisitc management of plastic containers containing fruit.
The use of RFID UHF technology allows to speed up processes, avoiding any kind of mistake during the handling of the assets.

RFID UHF nail tag

UHF Naily inserted in a plastic container for logistic purposes


The main features of this tag are the innovative form, which allows the tag to be inserted in a hole previously realized, and the great performance in terms of reading distance (up to 5m).

NAILY UHF is a versatile tag, which can be used in several application, such as:

  1. Plastic containers logistic management
  2. Wood containers tracking
  3. Public green areas maintenance
  4. Control of the location points for forklifts, pallet trucks, etc. (tag needs to be fixed in the floor)

Download pdf datasheet or visit the dedicated web-page!

 

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Chip ICode SLIX2 available

The new chip NXP ICode SLIX2 is available. It’s completely compliant with ICode SLIX chip, but with an increased user memory 2,5Kbit.

Here below an abstract from NXP product datasheet:

The ICODE SLIX2 IC is the newest member of NXP’s SLIX product family. The chip is
fully backwards compatible to SLIX and offers an increased user memory size, along with
new outstanding features and performance:
• NXP originality signature
• Increased speed for Inventory management
• Increased reading range
• Increased robustness against detuning effects
• 2.5 kbit user memory size
• Flexible user memory segmentation with separate access conditions
• Password protected on chip service cycle counter

At the following link https://www.nxp.com/docs/en/data-sheet/SL2S2602.pdf you can download the full technical datasheet.

We stay at your disposal for more information about label size availabilty and transponder with this chip. CONTACT US

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BLE WRISTBAND BEACONY – BLE Wristband Beacon with anti-removal solution

We are pleased to announce that we are on the way to launching a new product in the “BLE Beacony” product range. After having complied with market requirements and after a prototyping phase that allowed us to take care of all the details, our R&D department completed BLE WRISTBAND BEACONY. This is a silicone accessory in the shape of a bracelet that is able to incorporate the BLE DISKY Beacony in its basic form.

Bracciale Beacon e Disk Beacony

Starting from left: frontside and backside of BLE Wristband Beacony and BLE Disk Beacony to be integrated into the wristband.

 

BLE WRISTBAND BEACONY has a series of unique features, first of all the possibility of being able to choose, according to the needs of the project, between two types of closure: the first one is the buckle, as in a classic watch, ideal for projects that require the free removal of the bracelet by the user (e. g., the bracelet. Traceability of the employees) and the “single-use” anti-removal closure, designed and developed for projects in which the user must not have the possibility to remove the bracelet at his own  (e. g. traceability of non-self-sufficient patients).

Bracciale BLE in silicone

Clasp with buckle

Bracciale Beacon anti-rimozione

Clasp with anti-removal clip

 

The design of the product has been studied combining aesthetics and comfort thanks to the combination of lightness (only 22 grams including the battery), robustness and the form, that follows the shape of a watch, with the possibility to add printing color logos, characters etc..

In addition, the tests performed show an excellent degree of impermeability and resistance even in the presence of chemical elements such as salt or chlorine.

WRISTBAND BEACONY BLE will be available in mass-production from March; the prototype version is already available for our customers, that can preview the benefits of the new Bluetooth Low Energy accessory.

 

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