RTLS tracking offers many benefits–which is why it’s important to get things right when choosing a service. One of the principal questions that will need to be answered is what type of technology should be used in order to track assets, spaces, and people. Two of the most popular choices on the market are Bluetooth-based tracking and WiFi-based tracking. Here at Facility Team, we proudly offer a Bluetooth-based real time location system–and we’re confident that those who take the time to research the benefits of Bluetooth tracking will understand why. Here is an analysis of a few of the key differences between Bluetooth and WiFi when it comes to RTLS tracking.
Ease of Installation. We begin here because this is one of the most common misconceptions regarding WiFi tracking systems. Because WiFi is such a ubiquitous part of everyday life, many people are quick to assume that WiFi tracking systems will be quick and easy to implement. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Because WiFi sends out such a strong signal, additional ultrasound or infrared sensors are needed and installing such sensors can be both costly and time-consuming. Bluetooth tracking, on the other hand, can be installed quickly and inexpensively.
Accuracy. The relative strength of WiFi signals mentioned above also causes a complicated accuracy problem. Because WiFi signals pass through concrete, they can detect and report items from different floors–potentially causing confusion and undermining the entire purpose of a tracking system.
Energy Costs. WiFi also expends a great deal of energy compared to Bluetooth technology. Moreover, WiFi tracking system batteries offer a maximum lifespan of 12-18 months, whereas Bluetooth batteries frequently last longer than four years.
Pricing. In addition to the higher cost of installation and the expenditures associated with battery replacement, the price of WiFi equipment itself is much higher. This is due to the fact that WiFi tracking systems serve a very specific purpose is thus produced in limited quantities, whereas Bluetooth tracking uses the same Bluetooth technology that is so ubiquitous in modern life.
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