HID Global launches new indoor positioning services for workforce optimisation
HID Global, a worldwide leader in trusted identity solutions, announced its new HID Location Services that provides organisations with visibility into the location of their workforce in a facility, making it possible to analyse room usage for better building management and increased operational efficiency. The offering is tailor-made for enterprises, universities, manufacturing facilities or any organisation seeking to optimise their workforce and streamline facility management using proximity and real-time location services.
Harm Radstaak, HID Global’s vice president and managing director of physical access control solutions, says, “HID Location Services extends our leadership in physical access control with a cutting-edge Internet of Things, offering workforce optimisation solutions that can be easily integrated into existing systems.
“These new capabilities leverage the power of trusted identities to provide a new level of visibility for customers to better understand how buildings are used, help find people in emergency situations quickly, and deliver an extraordinary user experience.”
HID Location Services is enabled by Bluvision, a company recently acquired by HID, and provides numerous capabilities based on an organisation’s needs. Its real-time location services are ideal for monitoring and analysing the movement of personnel in a building, data which can be used to optimise the usage of facilities, common areas and individual rooms. The proximity-based services verify when personnel are near a given area, for use in cases such as monitoring employee check in and check out. It also helps organisations meet health and safety regulations by monitoring room occupancy.
The solution leverages Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and delivers unprecedented accuracy, even in large, open spaces and areas in which it has historically been challenging to implement radio-frequency identification (RFID) technologies. HID Location Services includes a cloud service, portals and Bluetooth beacons in the form of HID smart cards, providing a one-card solution for both indoor positioning services and physical access control. Its cloud-based model and minimal hardware requirements also eliminate the expensive infrastructure setup of antennae, servers and wired infrastructure to further reduce total cost of ownership. The installation simply entails plugging in AC-powered BLE/WiFi gateways and providing personnel with the smart card beacon.
Future use cases of HID Location Services can extend beyond workforce and building optimisation to include building automation capabilities, rich security features and capabilities that facilitate life safety management and compliance.
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