Bluetooth Asset Tracking System With IoT Technologies
Go beyond barcodes and QR codes for asset tracking automation. BLE tags allow you to track assets efficiently in real time,
with no or minimal employees participation. Use smartphones for the bulk BLE tags scanning. Update status
of the assets batch at once with a click of a button in the mobile app.
IoT gateways allow you to track and monitor assets automatically 24/7.
Why Use Bluetooth IoT Technologies For Asset Tracking
Out of the existing IoT asset tracking technologies Bluetooth is the most practical and popular for several reasons:
Lower cost of Bluetooth IoT devices
Bluetooth tags, sensors and gateways are widely available and are relatively low cost. For the asset tracking system Bluetooth has the best price to value ratio.
Bluetooth is compatible with mobile phones, tablets and computers
Most modern smartphones, tablets and laptops have built-in Bluetooth chip. It is easy for the BLE asset tracking system users to
interact with and locate tracked assets using their own mobile devices.
Bluetooth has a good scanning range
You can detect assets in the radius of 100 meters or more using Bluetooth gateways and BLE tags.
BLE beacon tags
BLE beacons that are used for the Bluetooth asset tracking are small, low-cost devices. You can purchase them from many different vendors.
It is easy to attach BLE beacons to the assets and enter assets into the tracking system using a smartphone and a mobile app.
Bluetooth technology is standardized
Bluetooth technology is standardized and is widely adopted. You can combine BLE devices and asset tracking software
from different vendors and have a well functioning asset management system.
Bluetooth devices are easy to deploy
Setting up a Bluetooth asset tracking system does not require much effort. The BLE system deployment process is less complex as compared to some other IoT technologies.
Bluetooth is secure
Bluetooth offers built-in security features, such as encryption and auth protocols. You can use it to protects the data exchange between the IoT devices,
making an asset tracking systems secure.
Bluetooth low energy has low power use
Bluetooth low energy (BLE) is designed for low power use.
This allows asset tracking IoT devices to operate for a long time without battery replacements.
Bluetooth Asset Tracking System Components
An IoT module of the QR Inventory software includes all components that you need for the automated asset management, tracking and monitoring.
We provide BLE tags for the assets,
sensors and gateways. On the software side, a Bluetooth asset tracking system includes a mobile app,
a gateway software and a cloud software.
BLE Asset Tracking Hardware
Bluetooth low energy (BLE) tags,
waterproof, durable, suitable for the outdoor environment. BLE tags have a good scanning range and a long battery life.
BLE IoT sensors.
Bluetooth temperature and humidity sensors. Use them for the remote conditions monitoring 24/7. Receive instant alerts on adverse conditions.
Bluetooth IoT gateway. An IoT gateway
with edge data processing capabilities.
Use it for a fully automated asset tracking system that does not require employees to do any extra tasks.
BLE Asset Tracking Software
Cloud software and backend database. You can set up IoT gateways and sensors, review real time asset tracking data via a
secure cloud software web interface from anywhere.
Asset tracking mobile app. Use an asset tracking mobile app to review documents, track assets and
fill out equipment maintenance forms.
Bluetooth IoT gateway software.
A BLE gateway software is responsible for collecting BLE tags and sensors data and
doing in place (edge) pre-processing.
Filtered and batched data are sent from the gateway to a
backend cloud software for storage and reporting.
Modern Technologies Automate Asset Tracking Process
The need to make industries smarter than they were has made asset tracking and monitoring system an essential feature of the modern enterprises...
As a result, more companies are investing heavily in IoT-based asset tracking and monitoring.
Franklin Okeke, Tech Republic
Digital Asset Management System
An IoT module of the QR Inventory software gives you the right tools and set of technologies for your needs and budget.
You can use employees with the smartphones for
the fast and efficient field asset tracking. If this is not an option, you can implement a fully automated asset tracking and monitoring system
using BLE tags and IoT gateways.
BLE sensors help you monitor assets conditions remotely 24/7. You get an instant alert if any of the values go out of the acceptable range.
Always know where your assets are,
quickly identify missing assets and where they were seen last. Prevent assets misplacement, operations delays due to the missing tools and equipment,
and costly equipment breakdowns.
How Bluetooth IoT Asset Tracking Work In The QR Inventory Software
IoT asset tracking technology, a BLE asset tracking system implementation and reports.
IoT Asset Tracking With Bluetooth
Use a dedicated Bluetooth IoT gateway or a smartphone for the real time asset tracking.
A QR Inventory software uses Bluetooth low energy technology (BLE) for IoT asset tracking.
Bluetooth low energy is the only IoT technology that gives you a choice between using an IoT gateway or a smartphone.
The only hardware that you really need to have for the Bluetooth asset tracking system are
BLE tags are constantly broadcasting an asset ID number. This number can be picked up
by a mobile phone or tablet, or a dedicated Bluetooth IoT gateway. Regardless of which
BLE signal receiver you pick, the
asset info is sent to the cloud software in real time. Live data are instantly available to the authorized software users via reports.
How To Implement Bluetooth IoT Asset Tracking System
Set up the IoT asset tracking system once, and it works by itself.
In order to set up a Bluetooth IoT asset tracking system, you need to:
Attach BLE tags to the assets.
Enter or import assets into the software.
If you need to monitor assets conditions, install IoT sensors in the specific zones. You can also attach a sensor directly to an asset.
If you plan to use Bluetooth IoT gateways, install gateways in the locations where you plan to track assets (yard, warehouse, job site).
Connect gateways to a network and set up scanning parameters. You can do it by logging into the IoT gateway, or remotely via a cloud software web interface.
Set alerts if needed. You can receive alerts on assets appearing or disappearing from the specific locations, alerts on missing asserts,
as well as sensor values that are out of range.
Once it is done, you will be able to review real time asset location, movement history and conditions logs 24/7.
Review reports on demand via a cloud software web interface.
Bluetooth IoT Asset Tracking Software Reports And Alerts
What data do you get from the Bluetooth asset tracking system?
You can view and download the following data in the Bluetooth IoT asset tracking system:
Current assets location.
Assets movement history.
Past assets locations, and for how many days or hours an asset has been at each location.
Asset usage report.
Missing assets report, with date and location where the asset was last seen. Optionally you can check which employee handled an asset.
Alerts on misplaced and missing assets, out of range conditions, etc. Alerts include date and time when the problem was detected,
and date and time when it was corrected.
When assets passed through the gates, on which truck or with which employee.
Assets discrepancies report (a truck left with one set of assets and returned with another).
Bluetooth IoT Asset Tracking Software: Features & Benefits
IoT based BLE asset tracking system gives you the full picture of the company assets. You can check real time assets location,
see a list of assets in each location, and assets movement history. You can check assets utilization over time, identify over and under utilized assets.
Quickly identify missing assets and who handled them last. All these data are recorded and submitted to the cloud asset tracking software
automatically, without a need for the company employees to do anything extra.
Full Assets Visibility 24/7
Real Time Asset Data
Current assets location. Review where equipment and assets are at any given time.
Assets movement history. Review where assets have been during any time period, and for how long.
Easy job site billing. Check what equipment was used on each job site, when and for how many days for the job site billing.
Asset usage reports. Check how assets were utilized, idle vs working time. Optimize equipment rental, purchases and usage plan.
Missing assets. Find out which assets are missing. Missing assets are those that were not detected anywhere during certain number of hours.
Access Anywhere. Check reports on the office computer via the cloud software web dashboard, or on the mobile devices in the field.
Automated asset tracking system. IoT based asset tracking is done automatically, 24/7, without any manual labor.
Minimal Or No Employee Participartion
Automated BLE Asset Tracking System
Automated asset tracking with IoT gateways. Bluetooth asset tracking system with IoT gateways collects and reports assets
location automatically. Field employees do not need to do anything and can concentrate on doing their main job.
Fast asset tracking with a mobile phone. You may choose not to use Bluetooth IoT gateways. In this case company employees
can update assets status in bulk just by clicking several buttons in the mobile app. When you use BLE tags there is no need to scan each item.
Remote data access. You can access assets locations, movement history and usage reports on demand from anywhere via a cloud software web interface.
Link assets to employees. Use BLE beacon tags for company employees to find out who was handling equipment and asset.
Identify misplaced assets. Receive an instant alert if asset appeared in the wrong location, or disappeared from the location where it is supposed to be.
Set up alerts and rules via the cloud software web interface, or by logging directly into the IoT gateway. Adjust alerts as needed.
24/7 Asset Conditions Log
Remote Assets Conditions Monitoring With Bluetooth Sensors
Automated asset monitoring. Use IoT sensors to remotely monitor asset conditions, such as temperature, humidity, vibration, etc.
Timely equipment maintenance. Use asset monitoring data to schedule maintenance as needed, prevent costly downtime.
Digital documentation. Digital logs of the temperature and humidity conditions are securely preserved in the cloud and are accessible on demand.
Asset conditions alerts. Get an instant alert if data reported by the IoT sensor are outside of the acceptable range.
Set up alert rules via a cloud software web interface.
Streamline Equipment Maintenance
Digital Work Orders And Asset Maintenance System
Asset maintenance tracking. Digital equipment maintenance system that allows you to manage a full asset maintenance cycle.
Start by creating a maintenance work order and dispatching it to a technician's mobile phone. A technician completes maintenance form in the field on a smartphone.
From a smartphone a form is sent to a back end cloud software for the instant access and review.
Custom equipment maintenance forms. Create custom equipment maintenance forms via a cloud software web interface.
Field data access. Field workers can instantly access equipment documents and past maintenance history, and make informed decisions.
Alerts and reminders. Receive automatic alerts on upcoming events or outliers reported in the equipment maintenance form.
Events can include preventive maintenance, adverse equipment conditions as reported by the IoT sensors,
upcoming warranty expiration, etc.
Field - office link. Keep everyone in the loop. All authorized QR Inventory software users can instantly access, submit and update data.
They can do it on the mobile devices
in the field and on the desktop computers in the office.
Digital documents. Digital documents are securely preserved, are easily searchable and are accessible on demand 24/7.
Track Assets Your Way
Flexible And Easy To Use Asset Tracking Software
Asset tracking system that works on its own. One of the barriers to the adoption of the asset tracking software is that company employees won't do
assets scanning on consistent basis. A Bluetooth asset tracking system with the IoT gateways does not require company employees to do anything extra. Once
assets are tagged with the BLE tags and IoT gateways are set up, tracking and monitoring is done automatically.
Flexible and customizable software. Easily adjust asset tracking system to your needs.
Ongoing improvements. We are listening to your feedback, and are constantly adding new features to the asset management software.
With our cloud hosting you get upgrades automatically.
Scalable software system. A QR Inventory software will grow with your business, from 20 assets to 100,000+.
Flexible Hosting Options. Host a QR Inventory software with us, on your company's network or with another cloud hosting provider, such as Azure or AWS.
Bluetooth IoT Asset Tracking Options
Bluetooth IoT asset tracking system allows you to find a right balance between the degree of the asset tracking automation and time and money investment.
Out of all IoT asset tracking technologies Bluetooth low energy (BLE) is the only one that can directly communicate with the mobile devices (smartphones and tablets).
Therefore, you can skip dedicated IoT gateways, and use company employees with the smartphones for the efficient asset tracking, in the field and warehouse.
You can bulk update status of all assets with the attached BLE tags with one click in the mobile app.
If you already have a network of tablets, whether iPads or Android tablets, you can use them for the automated asset tracking. You can install a gateway
application on the tablets, and they will turn into the IoT gateways. You won't need to invest money into the additional hardware.
You can also use a network of dedicated Bluetooth IoT gateways for a fully automated asset tracking system.
Business Use Cases For The Bluetooth Asset Tracking System
Bluetooth Tool And Equipment Tracking
Check work tools in and out in seconds with the BLE beacon tags and a smartphone or an IoT gateway
Automate equipment and tool tracking using Bluetooth low energy technology. Attach BLE tags to the tools and equipment,
and use a smartphone or tablet for the bulk scanning.
check out to the employees or
job sites and tools return.
Process large batches of assets fast with one click in the mobile app.
You can also use dedicated gateways for tracking equipment and tools automatically on the job sites and in the shop or warehouse.
Access tools location, transactions and usage history, calibration and maintenance reports via the cloud software web dashboard.
Give field employees instant access to the equipment and tools spec sheets and operation instructions on a smartphone.
Verify that an employee has the right certification before he is allowed to check out a tool.
A QR Inventory software gives you a full tools accountability and lifetime tools management history.
Modern technologies, such as Bluetooth, IoT, smartphones, mobile apps and cloud software, make it easy and fast for the
company employees to track, manage and use work tools and equipment.
Make construction inventory tracking fast, efficient, and error-free with the Bluetooth tags
Use BLE beacon tags and a smartphone for tracking inventory, materials and parts that you order for a construction project.
Track construction project inventory as you receive it in the warehouse, store, move to the job site, and use it for a project.
Use a smartphone and a mobile app for the bulk inventory updates with one click in the mobile app.
With the QR Inventory software you can have a full asset accountability for the construction jobs. You will always know what
parts you ordered for the job, what was delivered and what is yet to be received. You can check where inventory is stored,
what has been sent to the job site and when, and what has been used for the job. Modern technologies, such as
Bluetooth, smartphones, cloud software, and mobile apps allow you to manage inventory efficiently and error-free. At the same time
field and warehouse employees are not distracted from their main jobs.
Bluetooth Warehouse Inventory Management With IoT Based Climate Control
Use BLE tags as an alternative to RFID for the efficient warehouse inventory management. Control warehouse climate using Bluetooth IoT sensors and gateways.
Bluetooth low energy (BLE) is emerging as a lower cost and more user friendly technology than RFID for the warehouse inventory management.
Both BLE and RFID technologies allow for the bulk scanning, which makes inventory management process in the warehouse fast and error-free.
BLE or RFID works better than barcodes or QR codes for the large warehouses. QR codes or barcodes
are simply not as fast and efficient as Bluetooth or RFID. With the high inventory volume flowing in and out daily efficientcy of inventory management is the key.
The advantage of the BLE vs RFID for warehouse inventory management is the native Bluetooth support by the devices that people use -
smartphones, tablets, and computers. For RFID inventory management system you will need to have dedicated RFID readers. But inventory tagged with the BLE
beacons can be managed with the regular smartphones: Android or iOS. Native support of the mobile devices makes
inventory management system less expensive and easier to use for the
Use Bluetooth to automate work in progress tracking for the custom manufacturing jobs
With Bluetooth asset tracking system you can manage WIP inventory and track work orders through the process efficiently without a need to scan every single part.
You can attach BLE tags to all materials, parts, and components as you receive
BOM inventory in the warehouse.
Once all incoming BOM parts are tagged you can track inventory moving through the process steps automatically. You can use either
mobile phones, tablets or BLE gateways for WIP tracking.
Prevent inventory spoilage and waste with the automatic IoT conditions monitoring
If you are dealing with the assets and inventory that should be stored under or should operate at the specific conditions,
an IoT monitoring system will give you a peace of mind.
An IoT system that combines asset tracking with the conditions monitoring ensures that items are always stored or transported within the proper
temperature and humidity range. You will not just get temperature and humidity logs in the areas monitored by the IoT sensors.
You will get a data log for each asset or inventory item, based on the item location and movements.
If any asset or inventory item is moved to the zone with the adverse climate conditions you will get an instant alert. If the temperature or humidity changes and becomes
unsafe for any of the inventory items currently stored in this zone, you will get an alert as well. You will also have continuous
digital data logs for all assets and inventory to ensure product safety and traceability compliance.
Bluetooth tags are bluetooth low energy (BLE) beacons that broadcast asset identification number at the regular time intervals.
The advertised asset ID is picked up
by the Bluetooth receiver, which can be a smartphone, tablet, computer, or a dedicated Bluetooth gateway. The Bluetooth receiver can
pick up BLE beacon advertising at a distance of tens of meters (the exact range depends on the specific BLE tag, and is often configurable).
This ability gives Bluetooth asset tracking a big advantage as compared to the barcodes, QR codes, or even NFC. Instead of scanning each individual item,
you can bulk scan the whole pallet, skid, or truckload with one click.
You can use BLE tags either for tracking assets using a smartphone and bulk scanning,
or for the automatic asset tracking using Bluetooth IoT gateways.
Physically BLE tag is a small lightweight plastic tag, round, square, or rectangular, an inch or two in width and length, and around half an inch or less thick.
It is suitable for putting on the small equipment, tools, and other assets, as well as on or inside inventory bins, totes, or boxes.
You can attach BLE tags with a zip tie or screws. Some BLE tags have adhesive on one surface that allows you to stick a tag to the asset.
You can also put a BLE tag on or inside a box or bin for tracking small inventory items. Industrial grade BLE tags are rugged and waterproof and are suitable to
use on the construction tools and equipment.
BLE tag consists of a chip and a small coin-size battery which usually lasts a year or more, and is sometimes replaceable. If the tag is configurable, you
can usually configure advertising interval (how often BLE tag broadcasts asset ID, usually between 10 ms and 10 seconds or more) and Tx power - which is
directly related to the distance at which BLE beacon
signal can be picked up by a Bluetooth IoT gateway. This configuration will affect the battery life span.
A longer advertising interval makes BLE beacon tag less responsive but increases battery life. The same goes for the BLE signal range - if you decrease the distance
at which BLE tag signal can be picked up by the IoT gateway from 30 meters to 10 meters, for example, you can double the BLE tag battery life span.
If you want a completely automated asset tracking system that does not require human participation, you will need a Bluetooth IoT gateway. A Bluetooth IoT gateway will
pick up BLE tags advertising, format and the data and send them to the backend cloud software. Our Bluetooth IoT gateway has edge processing capabilities,
and allows for the custom configuration and setting edge processing rules.
QR Inventory and QR Mobile Data are brand names of inventory management and mobile forms software by AHG -- a provider of mobile and cloud-based applications
for business. Our unified mobile platform improves business operations efficiency by eliminating manual tasks and physical paperwork, while providing a secure
cloud storage for the business records, real time access to business data for all stakeholders, comprehensive data reporting and analytics.
Headquartered in beautiful Boise, Idaho, AHG software is used to manage hundreds of millions of dollars annually in inventory and assets.