Can this be used for asset tracking as well? #iBeaconWebinar

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Can this be used for asset tracking as well? #iBeaconWebinar
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Joe Eason

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David Helms, Champ

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Beacons are applicability across lots of verticals.
The economics may not make sense for large scale asset tracking, but we do have customers experimenting attaching beacons to shopping carts and tracking things like iPads in enterpise environments by beacon-enabling MDM agent applications.

So your mileage may vary, but feel free to reach out and discuss details if you'd like.

David Helms
CPO Radius Networks
www.radiusnetworks.com
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Dennis McClain

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Asset tracking is an awesome use for this technology. If implemented properly, places like libraries, for example, can eliminate the need to physically check out a book. Once the book is not within range, a timer can be assigned to it (i.e. 7 days). The trick is to be able to seamlessly associate that book with the device of the person that took the book out of the library. #iBeaconWebinar
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Matthew Gast

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That's a neat idea, especially since Aerohive figured out years ago how to interact with library computer systems!
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Shaun Neal

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I've had a lot of discussions around this topic and I think it is a tricky one in general.  Again, it requires an iBeacon aware app on a device to interface with the beacons, so it wouldn't quite work like your typical RTLS system.  As David suggested a beacon-enabled MDM agent application is one way to do this, just don't expect this to replace traditional location systems yet.  The potential seems like it could be there, one could easily imagine a small "tag" running Android an a resident app that blindly passes on iBeacon presence info for instance. #iBeaconWebinar