Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Bluetooth Based Asset Tracking Module For Indoor Tracking Applications.

By Sharad Bhowmick

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  • The ANT-B11 is a Bluetooth-based compact antenna board that can improve indoor location tracking of any asset.
  • This module is suitable for positioning applications where 2D mapping of assets is required.
u-blox ANT-B11 module (Source: u-Blox)

u-blox ANT-B11 is a compact antenna board which can accurately track an object using Bluetooth Angle-of-Arrival (AoA) technology. The ANT-B11 board delivers high-precision direction finding and 2D indoor positioning that makes it suitable for commercial tracking solutions, ideal for direction-finding applications and indoor positioning in mid-size spaces. The company also provides applications which allow the user to track an asset and plot their positions in applications aiming at 2D visualization.

The ANT-B11 is the smallest Bluetooth Angle-of-Arrival (AoA) antenna board for a commercial tracking solution. It features u-Blox’s NINA-B411 Bluetooth 5.1 module for connectivity. The antenna board also runs the company’s u-connectLocate software, which executes the unique u-Blox angle calculation algorithm. In conjunction with an application board, ANT-B11 functions as an indoor Angle-of-Arrival (AoA) anchor point. The angle calculated by the antenna board does not require any additional processing. Thus, making the module ready for use right out of the box.

“ANT-B11 is the smallest Bluetooth AoA antenna board in production. A perfect building block for indoor position infrastructure, highly reliable and affordable,” says Giorgos Marakis, Product Strategy, Short Range Radio, at u-Blox.

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The ANT-B11 can improve indoor location tracking which can’t be done accurately by the GNSS modules. The ANT-B11 can be integrated into commercial tracking solutions, ideal for direction-finding applications and indoor positioning in mid-size spaces. This product is suitable for positioning applications where 2D mapping of assets is required. The module can be used in any direction-finding application. It can be used to follow assets in indoor areas, grant building access, and avoid collisions, making it ideal for industrial, retail, and medical environments.


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