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BEACONS, novel devices to improve productivity in industry

Aitiip Technology Center participates in the European BEACON project, in the framework of which the various members of the consortium are developing a set of innovative tools to improve communications and, ultimately, efficiency and productivity in both industry and other applications.


Beacons are small, wireless devices that transmit signals using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology. In an industrial environment, they can be used to improve efficiency and productivity by providing location-specific information to workers through their mobile devices.

For example, beacons can be placed throughout a factory or warehouse to help workers navigate to specific locations or to find specific equipment or materials. They can also be used to track the location and status of assets, such as machinery or tools, and to trigger alerts or notifications when maintenance or repairs are needed.

In addition to helping with navigation and asset tracking, beacons can also be used to improve safety in an industrial environment. For example, they can be used to alert workers to potential hazards or to provide emergency alerts in the event of an accident or other incident.

Overall, the use of beacons in an industrial environment can help to improve efficiency, productivity, and safety by providing real-time information and alerts to workers.

In Spain, there are different examples in work environments:

Based on HPE Aruba Meridian technology, the Smart Hospital solution by SEMIC offers the improvement of various processes, including the admission process, which can be completed securely online. In Hospital Germans Trias i Pujol the project is built around 350 Aruba Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons, which provide indoor location and orientation functions, as well as proximity notificatios.

When the user enters the hospital, they simply connect to the wi-fi network and activate the Bluetooth on their device, as well as having the app installed. Once the indoor navigation option is selected, the mobile screen turns into a map that traces a route to reach the desired location (consultation room, patient room, waiting room, cafeteria, etc.) by the shortest route. In addition, Smart Hospital detects the presence of Aruba Bluetooth beacons and activates a welcome message when entering the hospital.

The admission process can be completed securely online and the patient then receives details of their appointments for the day, including waiting times and notifications of any delays, and an option to change the order of appointments when necessary. The app then guides the patient to the location of their first appointment, or to the waiting area, toilet or cafeteria if desired.

The city of Palencia seeks to consolidate itself as a Smart Tourist Destination (STD) by creating an information network through new technologies. To this end, the new signage includes 'beacons' supports based on Bluetooth technology that will help mobile terminals to understand their location and the resources and services that surround them with a high degree of accuracy. This new intelligent tourist signage will offer information 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and in the language of the tourist, as if it were an open tourist office. Thus, the visitor will be able to find out in detail about the tourist resources, the guide to restaurants and hotels, the cultural, sporting and leisure activities on offer easily and without the need to connect to the internet. Each tourist spot where the Inventrip logo is located will emit a signal using beacon technology, so that when the user connects to the installed APP, they will have access to updated information about that spot.

The Botanical Garden of Madrid deploys 250 beacons and a content app. In addition to maps and geolocation, the mobile application acts as a GPS, explaining to the user how to get to the toilets or the cafeteria. It also allows interaction with the environment, through notifications or a series of digital screens with customised content. All the contents of the app are hosted in the cloud and are created by the garden's own staff.

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