What is Proximity Location System or PLS?
Sometimes it isn’t necessary to track an asset at all times but to understand whether an asset is in a specific location or not. In such a case, instead of using RTLS which tracks assets in real-time throughout a facility, Bluvision recommends Proximity Location System [PLS]. PLS is a basic version of RTLS and allows users to set real-time alerts when a specific asset (equipment or person) enters or exits a specified area or comes in close proximity to a specified area.
How does it work?
PLS solution is easy and quick to install. There is no wired infrastructure for PLS and unlike RTLS, PLS doesn’t require calibration. The BluFi gateway which is also a Bluetooth reader is placed at the entry of the area that needs to be tracked. When a beacon enters or exits this entry way, the Bluetooth to WiFi gateway relays this information to Bluvision’s cloud – Bluzone. Enterprises can use Bluzone to create user-defined policies to alert the concerned individuals that a specific asset has either entered or left the designated area. Gateways could also be placed in a specific area and policies created to send alerts when an asset comes in close proximity to the gateway. PLS, as the name suggests, checks for the beacon/asset’s proximity to the assigned location.