Compatible Bluetooth tags and beacons are available in the Cisco Spaces IoT Device Marketplace

Bluetooth Low Energy, or BLE, is a radio-frequency (RF) technology for wireless communication that enables wireless connectivity between devices and applications. It is used to power IoT (Internet of Things) applications in industries ranging from healthcare to manufacturing, retail, automotive and more. BLE provides a secure and reliable connection while also consuming very low energy, making it ideal for powering IoT solutions that require low power consumption and low latency. BLE allows for communication between connected devices, enabling data sharing, remote control of devices and applications, and more. With its wide range of applications across different industries, BLE is a powerful tool for powering IoT applications.

Is there a difference between BLE & Bluetooth?

Both are wireless communication technologies that can be used to connect devices over short ranges. The main difference between the two is the power consumption. BLE consumes significantly lower power than standard Bluetooth, making it well suited for use in battery-powered devices such as wearables or IoT sensors. Additionally, BLE is simpler and faster to set up than Bluetooth and can be used for more specific tasks such as beacon technology. Finally, BLE has a much smaller message size than Bluetooth, allowing for smaller data packages to be sent over longer distances.

BLE technology use cases

BLE can be used in a wide variety of use cases. In healthcare, BLE technology (asset tags powered by BLE) is increasingly being used to track the location of medical staff and equipment, monitor vital signs, manage medication administration and support patient flow. In retail, BLE powered beacons enable customers to receive targeted messages and advertisements while shopping. It is also being utilized in industrial settings to improve asset tracking and machine maintenance. By leveraging BLE technology, companies can improve their operational efficiency while providing enhanced security and cost savings. The following are some of the key use cases of BLE:

Location analytics

BLE beacons are used for location tracking and can provide the most accurate way to track exact location in indoor spaces. By sending out a regular signal, these beacons can detect and identify a person’s exact location within an enclosed space such as a shopping mall or office building. BLE’s low-cost scalability makes it an attractive choice for businesses that want to use location analytics to better understand their customers. By combining BLE with other tracking technologies such as Wi-Fi and RFID, businesses can create detailed customer profiles and track customer movements throughout the facility in real time. BLE location tracking can also be used to provide assistance to customers in navigating their way around large buildings or helping business owners understand customer footfalls and trends in order to improve overall efficiency.

Space Utilization 

BLE technology is becoming increasingly popular for space  management and sustainability. Tracking real-time occupancy and utilization of space provides employers with important insights into how their workers are moving around the facility, understanding the busiest times and days, utilization of meeting rooms, desks, etc. This can help them take more informed decisions concerning space management, thereby improving efficiencies.

Asset management

BLE is becoming increasingly popular in asset management due to its low energy consumption, compact size and ability to connect with other technological systems. BLE can be used for tracking assets as well as monitoring their environment, temperature, humidity or pressure. It can also be used to locate assets in the event of theft or loss, as it offers remarkable range and reliability. In addition, BLE devices are much more cost-efficient than other tracking methods like GPS or RFID. This makes them an ideal choice for large-scale asset management operations. In the healthcare industry, asset tracking helps medical staff track and manage inventory quickly to minimize waste, reduce cost, and provide better patient care. Through asset tracking, healthcare organizations can locate items that are needed for a particular procedure or treatment room faster than ever before.

Use your Cisco network to deploy, manage and monitor BLE devices

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