HID Global, a provider of trusted identity solutions, recently introduced HID Location Services that provide organizations with visibility into the location of their workforce in a facility. These services provide facility management capabilities to analyze room usage within a site for better building management and increased operational efficiency. The offering is designed for use by enterprises, universities, manufacturing facilities, or any organization seeking to optimize its workforce and streamline facility management using proximity and real-time location services.
“HID Location Services extends HID’s leadership in physical access control with a cutting-edge Internet of Things offering for workforce optimization solutions that can be easily integrated into existing systems,“ said Harm Radstaak, vice president and managing director of Physical Access Control Solutions with HID Global. ”These new capabilities leverage the power of trusted identities to provide a new level of visibility for customers to better understand how buildings are used, help quickly find people in emergency situations, and deliver an extraordinary user experience.”
HID Location Services is enabled by Bluvision, a company recently acquired by HID, and provides numerous capabilities based on an organization’s needs. Its real-time location services are well-suited for monitoring and providing deeper analytics around the movement of personnel in a building for better insight to optimize usage of facilities, common areas, and individual rooms. The proximity-based services verify when personnel are nearby a given area for use cases such as monitoring employee check in and check out; it also helps organizations meet health and safety regulations by monitoring room occupancy.
The solution leverages Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and delivers high accuracy, even in large, open spaces and areas in which it has historically been challenging to implement RFID technologies. HID Location Services includes a cloud service, portals, and Bluetooth beacons in the form of HID smart cards, providing a one-card solution for both indoor positioning services and physical access control. Its cloud-based model and minimal hardware requirements also eliminate costly infrastructure setup of antennas, servers, and wired infrastructure. The installation simply entails plugging in AC-powered BLE/WiFi gateways and providing personnel with the smart card beacon.
Future use cases of HID Location Services can extend beyond workforce and building optimization to include building automation capabilities, rich security features, and capabilities that facilitate life safety management and compliance.