HID Teams With Mist Systems to Develop Location Services Using Bluetooth LE

The collaboration is intended to provide a simple architecture for scalable IoT asset tracking and management that reduces costs and eliminates complexity.

AUSTIN, Texas — HID Global and Mist Systems, a pioneer in self-learning wireless networks powered by artificial intelligence (AI), are collaborating to converge Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)-based location services with wireless LAN (WLAN) infrastructure.

The combined technologies will result in better deployment, management and operations of IoT devices in large organizations such as hospitals, according to an announcement.

The Mist Learning WLAN is a single, converged Cloud-based microservices platform for WiFi and BLE indoor location services. The platform eliminates the need for expensive overlay platforms and battery-powered gateways for asset location and user engagement, the announcement states.

The collaboration is intended to combine the Mist platform with the HID Locations Services solution, which features Bluvision’s Bluetooth BLE-enabled sensor beacons for workflow and event management. Bluvision, which HID acquired in 2016, provides real-time location system technology, presence and proximity-based location capabilities and condition monitoring solutions.

The combined solution provides a simple architecture for scalable IoT asset tracking and management that reduces costs, eliminates complexity, and fosters rapid adoption across organizational functions and use cases, according to the announcement.

A typical hospital today has more than 20 different use cases for IoT tracking and management that can increase profitability, patient care and overall patient experiences, explains Rom Eizenberg, vice president of sales at Bluvision, part of HID Global.

“The introduction of AI-driven indoor location capabilities using standards-based BLE makes the deployment of these services scalable and cost effective, and reduces barriers to entry for many clinical scenarios previously locked out of benefiting from these state-of-the-art capabilities,” Eizenberg continues.

By installing Mist and HID Location Services together, large organizations will benefit from a proven solution to electronically touch and validate anything that moves, playing a strategic role in IoT environments, says Bob Friday, founder and CTO at Mist.

“As we enter a new era of ubiquitous indoor location services, it is imperative that leading vendors come together to create seamless solutions for seamless and reliable BLE deployments,” says Friday.

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