HID Global Acquires Bluvision to Expand Bluetooth Solutions

Bluvision adds active BLE products and expertise to HID’s businesses and enables the company to address a larger portion of the growing IoT market.

AUSTIN, Texas – HID Global has acquired Bluvision, a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) provider in the enterprise Internet of Things (IoT) market, for undisclosed terms.

Bluvision is a complete IoT ecosystem provider, offering real-time location system technology, presence and proximity-based location capabilities and condition monitoring solutions. The company also specializes in cloud infrastructure, gateways, beacons and software as a service (SaaS).

The addition of Bluvision’s products expands HID’s “component continuum” from high-end, passive RFID components (LF/HF/UHF) to active BLE, according to the company. In addition, Bluzone from Bluvision delivers cloud services that are said to be well aligned with HID’s data services strategy.

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In a news release, HID said the acquisition will expand its real-time asset tracking capabilities, boost its ability to address the IoT market with Bluetooth offerings, and extend the company’s cloud services for access control and related applications.

“Bluvision will expand HID Global’s offerings with BLE products and help us further differentiate from the competition,” says Stefan Widing, president and CEO of HID Global. “We are extending our lead in BLE-based IoT solutions that we created when we launched our mobile access solution two years ago. With our combined solutions and technologies, our customers’ ability to manage assets and people within buildings will increase significantly.”

Jimmy Buchheim, the head of Bluvision, states that under the umbrella of HID, the company will have the support and expertise to continue driving technology to the next level in the IoT space, as well as speed innovation.

“We share a common vision with HID Global to deliver an unparalleled combination of accuracy, convenience, security and scalability that enables our customers to determine the specific location and condition of assets and people in real time in ways that were previously not possible,” Buchheim says.

Bluvision will continue to maintain its operations in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The Bluvision team will report to Marc Bielmann, vice president and managing director of the identification technologies business within HID.

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