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In view of the current situation with Covid-19, enterprise managers have to start thinking about creating comfortable working conditions for the staff. More and more companies around the world are searching possible ways of preventing Covid infection and ensuring staff safety in the long term. There are cases when social distancing or cleaning a workplace does not help to prevent the disease, thus, it is necessary to use more effective ways that allow keeping employees’ health.
Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is a combination of networks and the industrial equipment related to them, supplemented by software and built-in sensors. The system is intended for gathering and exchanging data and can be controlled automatically without human intervention. Recently IIoT systems have been widely used in many spheres of life, for example, for solving various corporate tasks with the aim of increasing performance efficiency and building innovation models of running business.
Radio frequency identification technology, or RFID, is a modern positioning system intended for tracking assets or persons. The platform consists of software, readers and RFID tags (transponders) installed outside or inside the building. Identification via RFID tracking is carried out by means of radio signals that allow the reader to define and record the data stored in tags.
Geofencing, or geofencing technology, is widely used in business. Using geofencing technology, it’s possible to set borders of certain areas and initiate any events when a user with a mobile device gets into the area. Geofencing can be compared with an invisible fence whose location is defined by GPS, RFID, Bluetooth beacons and other technologies. It covers everything that appears within the defined radius and allows businessmen to direct necessary notifications to potential clients.
In recent years Wi-Fi positioning system (WPS) has found more and more application in many spheres. It is used not only outside but also inside buildings where GPS navigation can’t work properly because of signal blocking, multiplicity of paths and a number of other reasons. Wi-Fi provides the exact location of objects and persons, which helps to optimize business processes and increase company’s profit.
The modern real time location system is the basis for developing applications which increase efficiency, performance and safety in all spheres. It can help in exact locating people and tracking assets or vehicles, which allows employees to optimize business processes and concentrate on beneficial activities.
The iBeacon technology is a promising development from Apple intended for transmitting Bluetooth signals to the devices located within the range of indoor navigation beacons. Thus, there is a possibility of locating objects in the building. The main operating principle is in setting up tiny beacons that are connected with users’ smartphones by means of the Bluetooth Low Energy standard.