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Apptricity Introduces Industry-First 20-Mile Bluetooth Beacon

By CIOReview | Tuesday, August 18, 2020

New Bluetooth beacon connects devices 20x beyond any competitor with up to a 90 percent reduction in Cost of Ownership.

FREMONT, CA: Apptricity has announced the introduction of its new 20-Mile Ultra Long-Range Bluetooth beacon. This Bluetooth, from the Apptricity Development Group, is the longest-ranging safe connection on the market, with the power to transmit data up to 20 miles outdoors and pierce up to 20 floors indoors.

“Our new 20-Mile Ultra Range Bluetooth is a significant technology breakthrough,” said Tim Garcia, CEO of Apptricity. “Many of our global customers were struggling with the range and costs of connecting most of their IoT assets, so I challenged our engineers to develop a lower-cost Bluetooth tracking solution that could cover at least 10 miles. They exceeded expectations. We were able to pick up the signal from over 20 miles, and are working with our engineers to see how much further we can take this technology.” 

To date, the only option for enterprises looking to track their assets and inventory over distances of this length was using LTE (mobile) or satellite beacons. However, these options could work, but the total operational cost-constrained what was practical to connect. The cost of the ownership for the Ultra Long-Range Bluetooth Beacons is upwards of 90 percent. Less than LTE and satellite solutions. 

When you evaluate indoor tracking solutions, the cost and complexity of designing and installing the digital mesh “via edge devices and antennas is significant, and often the price of a tight mesh” to deliver the required accuracy can be cost-prohibitive. Our ultra-long-range Bluetooth solves the challenge both in the reduced complexity of the mesh and the increased savings in the total installation and operational costs. Several vital industries will directly benefit this indoor capability retail, medical, and public sector government.

 

“Having been a supplier and partner of the United States Military for the past 15 years, we have been able to attract an amazingly talented technical team to create world-class products. We are able to leverage the technology we have needed to solve the global challenges of our Military and apply those solutions to the commercial sector, helping companies like Verizon and Brinks globally track, monitor, and manage their critical assets and inventory,” Garcia adds.

The Ultra Long-Range Bluetooth Beacon is highly configurable. Versions can be developed with or without GPS, multiple battery options exist to extend life, encryption options are available, the signal can be tuned for energy savings, and other capabilities can be adjusted to create a bespoke solution for your enterprise. 

Jeff Roster, ex-Gartner analyst and Leader of Apptricitys Retail Advisory Board, says, “The reason I joined a vendors organization after serving as an industry analyst for several decades was due to the fact that Apptricity met the critical criteria that I had hoped for from a vendor to solve some of the most complex challenges in the Retail sector. With this Bluetooth announcement, Apptricity has the capability to transform the Retail environment. This is a game-changer.” 

Gary Daichendt, a board advisor to Apptricity, said, “This technology will open up not only the range of current applications but the introduction of new ones not before considered feasible. I suspect that there will be significant interest in licensing it from other vendors.”

Apptricitys initial targeted commercial markets include cities and municipalities seeking the ability to track their ambulances, fire trucks, police cars, mobile equipment, and maintenance vehicles. Another critical industry is healthcare, as many hospitals seek to track their high-end, life-saving mobile equipment like ventilators and heart monitors for quick access. The additional markets that would benefit include construction, retail, transportation, manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution.

They have even been approached by pet companies that are interested in offering a 20-mile Bluetooth tag to track pets with the help of a mobile phone.

The 20-Mile Ultra Long-Range Bluetooth is an enhanced Bluetooth 5 technology, which is the latest version of the Bluetooth wireless communication standard- to provide the users with precision amplified signals. It boasts backward compatibility, ranging from 10 to 20 miles, and consists of a replaceable battery. This revolutionary Beacon is only 1.0X2.8X1.8 and is approximately 2 oz. with batteries. It is viewable from Android and iPhones with the mobile Apptricity app. The 20-Mile Ultra Long-Range Bluetooth beacon will be available later this month. 

“Apptricitys 20-mile Ultra Long-Range Bluetooth beacon will be the premier method of keeping assets secure, discoverable, trackable, and maintainable at all times - even at a great distance,” said Garcia.