IoT News Roundup

Mist offers BLE platform for scalable, standards-based asset visibility; Domino's franchise groups deploy Unified Office's IoT Operations Performance Suite; EEMBC benchmark reveals energy cost of using BLE for Internet of Things; Xicato, LumiFi partner for multivendor lighting control; Fujitsu, VMware expand strategic collaboration to offer IoT solutions for automobile industry.
By IOT Journal
Apr 07, 2017


Mist Offers BLE Platform for Scalable, Standards-Based Asset Visibility

Mist, a provider of smart wireless networking systems, has announced a new asset-visibility service. This new service, an extension of the company's Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) offering, enables companies in almost any vertical to locate mobile devices and assets using standard BLE technology. In addition, Mist has expanded its recently announced BLE Alliance program to include new strategic vendors that share a common goal of using BLE asset visibility to save time and money while improving operational efficiencies.

"Many usage scenarios exist for indoor location services," said Gartner's Tim Zimmerman and Annette Zimmerman in a prepared statement. "They differ in the types of people or assets being tracked whose location is needed to improve not only a business process, but also the granularity that is required to make better business decisions, such as optimized maintenance and staffing."

"Mist is the first vendor to offer an open, scalable wireless networking platform that brings connectivity, indoor location services, asset tracking and IoT together in a seamless and cost-effective manner," said Sudheer Matta, Mist's VP of products, in the prepared statement. "The whole Mist platform leverages machine learning and modern cloud technologies to simplify wireless operations and deliver amazing new location based services."

Example use cases for Mist's Asset Visibility service include health care—users can locate assets, patients and caregivers and obtain real-time visibility into workflows and resource utilization; retail and warehousing—companies can find associates, forklifts, ladders, pallets and strategic assets; hospitality—businesses can optimize staffing resources based on traffic patterns, connect guests to nearby associates for rapid service, and find mobile resources like luggage carts; transport and logistics—firms can track assets and optimize paths in loading docks and warehouse; and enterprise—users can quickly locate employees in an emergency, check in visitors automatically, find available conference rooms and measure traffic patterns for resource planning.

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