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Kerlink launches LoRaWAN asset-tracking system

Kerlink, a specialist in Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, has launched a real-time, indoor asset-tracking-and-counting system that uses Wi-Fi or Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE).

The Wanesy Wave is an indoor anchor that includes both Wi-Fi and BLE tracking technologies. It is capable of detecting and locating Wi-Fi devices (like smartphones), using their probe request (when the smartphone automatically requests a new Wi-Fi service to connect), and can also track Bluetooth-enabled devices or tags.

Once detected, it then transmits the data using a LoRaWAN link to an industrial-grade LoRaWAN gateway, which then transfers the information to any business-application server via Kerlink’s Wanesy Management Centre which operates and manages the end-to-end LoRaWAN networks.

The anchor can be used in end-to-end solutions to enable retail units or museums to count visitors, trace their movements and retrieve their customer journeys in stores and buildings, including the amount of time they spend in different areas. Deployed across factories, warehouses and service buildings such as hospitals, the system also helps improve management-and-operation efficiency by inexpensively enabling real-time location of devices, by tracking use of assets over a period of time or by getting instant inventory of tools or equipment in a given area.

Wanesy Wave also powers social contact-tracing information to help to manage the spread of Covid-19.

Combining Wi-Fi, BLE and LoRa means that this solution provides much greater accuracy in an extended indoor range, offers a combination of area detection for various types of targets (fixed or mobile assets, people) and low energy consumption ensuring extended lifetime for battery-powered devices and tags.

“Wanesy Wave will enable retail, industry, services and leisure verticals that want to quickly leverage a track-and-trace, industrial-grade solution to improve their operations,” said Kerlink Product Manager Guillaume Boisgontier. “Small businesses can easily deploy this to better understand customer behaviour, measure the effectiveness of displays and marketing campaigns, and manage inventory. Industrial sites and hospitals can quickly deploy a solution to geolocate and manage their critical assets to save time and reach a high level of efficiency.”

Neil Tyler

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