Up until now Bluetooth Beacons have been used in consumer settings, like mobile marketing, retail, and museums, to trigger location-based information on nearby portable devices. Schildknecht is now adapting the Beacon for industry, giving it a range of new features to cope with this new role:
Power supply via 24V or battery, protection class IP65, and optional sensor connection via M8 make the DATAEAGLE Beacon well suited for industrial use. It has a range of up to 30 meters and a battery life of up to 1 year. All this opens a variety of new application areas, where these small, but sturdy and versatile devices can make an important difference on the road to Industry 4.0.
The DATAEAGLE Beacon allows objects to communicate with each other and it can be used to localize and identify machinery, spare parts or tools, to optimize production processes, or to store data. The DATAEAGLE Beacon can communicate with any device, as long as it is equipped with a Bluetooth interface. And communicating with e.g. the DATAEAGLE 2730 gateway it can transmit data to a control system or to the cloud.
Bluetooth beacons play an important role in Industry 4.0 as they allow objects to communicate with each other. Thus, industrial production processes are improved by the connectivity and identification of its workpieces, machines and persons. When used in combination with a sensor gateway, such as DATAEAGLE 2730, the DATAEAGLE Beacon will transmit selected data to a control system or to the Cloud.