Increase accuracy of project geofences.
For many businesses the standard geolocation capabilities that are part of Blerter Core are sufficient to manage health and safety. However, there are some limitations to the accuracy of standard geofences, especially when Blerter is running in the background.
Therefore, some businesses and situations can benefit from attaching beacons to Blerter to improve the accuracy of geolocations and prompt for Check-in/out at specific entry points.
The geofencing feature within Blerter uses the global positioning system (GPS) or radio frequency identification (RFID) to define geographical boundaries. Think of a geofence as a virtual barrier.
This enables Blerter to send Check-in/out reminders when users reach/leave certain areas as well as include location information in Blerts, Hazards, RollCall and more. However, there are some limitations around the accuracy of geofencing, especially when Blerter is running in the background. Beacons are a way of improving location accuracy.
Beacons are small devices that enable more accurate location tracking within a narrower range than GPS, cell tower triangulation and Wi-Fi proximity. They use Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to provide location accuracy down to a few meters. This works even better when using several beacons in the same area.
Beacons can be attached to Blerter to transmit the project’s identifying information to any mobile device that approaches its location. The app can detect these beacons accurately to within 20-70m with very little impact on the battery.
For businesses that require extremely high location accuracy or need to separate several individual project areas within close proximity of each other, Beacons are a great way to improve the geolocation feature within Blerter.