being specified into new construction. In both applications,
the primary goal is tracking traffic flow.
For example, Bluetooth beacons are being installed to
track the movement of people even before the building is
occupied. In this application, beacons provide an understanding of how offices and conference rooms are—or will
be—occupied as well as where and when traffic flows lightly
or heavily. This is captured by tracking mobile phones.
Assuming there is an app that individuals download, the systems can also identify who is in what location and for how
long. In construction, that means understanding the presence
of subcontractors. In a finished building, the same technology
can be used for tracking when security guards move through
the building at night, how long housekeeping spends in each
room, and whether a conference room is being used at all, or
if it should be assigned to a new purpose.
Indoor location company Bluvision, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.,
has customers who use its beacon technology for building
design and architecture of large corporate spaces to enable
analysis about how work spaces are used early on. John
Sailer, Bluvision COO and senior vice president of sales and
marketing, said that adds value for customers who could use
the technology to manage their workspace. The workforce-
optimization-use case for beacons is in its early stages, but it
is providing enough benefit that the trend is growing among
building managers and occupants.
Bluvision’s installations typically consist of the company’s
BluFi Bluetooth to Wi-Fi gateways that literally plug into out-
lets to enable the capture of historical tracking data, tagged
items and people. Once they are plugged in, technicians com-
mission the beacons and create locations for the gateways.
Getting the technology in place during construction can
benefit the construction crews as well as the owners and even-
New builds already come prewired for capabilities such
as audio, video, Wi-Fi connections and other services, so the
installation of Bluetooth beacons is not a far cry from existing
trends, Sailer said.
Project management automated
During construction, some general contractors and building owners have begun using beacons to better manage
BLE indoor positioning systems