In the B-to-B context, one will easily relate a smart building into an office environment, but for us, being the technology provider for indoor location services, a smart building can be any indoor environment. It can be a factory, warehouse, hospital, elder care home, retail store, shopping mall, museum, parking lot, or even a sports arena. Quuppa enables various location-based solutions for all of the above-mentioned indoor environments.
Location data can make buildings smarter, and some of the most common use cases include locating operational assets or personnel, providing access control to buildings or vehicles, understanding workflows and space utilization, and even monitoring facility conditions, such as air quality or temperature. This data provides valuable insights and can contribute to advancements in many areas such as optimizing facility operations and enhancing safety in the workplace.
What are location services in practice? If we take a car as an example, the Bluetooth® enabled Quuppa system is like a car’s engine. It provides reliable location coordinates down to less than sub-meter accuracy and sub-second latency. Our partners then take this location data and model the environment to create a digital twin or representation of the space and apply various business rules based on location. For the car example, this would be the same as building different car designs.
Location Services in Offices
Location services support a wide range of use cases for office environments, and the value can vary depending on the stakeholder: personnel, facility manager, landlord, security manager, or visitor. The most used and beneficial use cases for facility personnel are related to collaboration; find a colleague, a free meeting room, or a peaceful space to work. During the pandemic, an important safety-related use case that was recognised was the ability to ensure social distancing or trace back contact with a person who tested positive for infection. Facility managers benefit from access control applications and understanding and optimizing the office space in terms of temperature, air quality, and space utilization.
Location Services in Warehousing, Logistics & Manufacturing
The most mature industry verticals using location services are warehousing, logistics, and manufacturing facilities where large volumes of assets, equipment, work orders, and assembly lines are tracked on a daily basis. Knowing where the pallets, materials, tools and equipment, and shipments are can save a lot of time and resources, increasing operational efficiency by reducing the need for overtime work. Analysing the movements of personnel, trucks, and forklifts can also prevent injuries by providing alerts when two objects get too close to each other or risk entering a dangerous zone.