What are beacons? The functionality of beacon tags is relatively simple. Beacons are small Bluetooth devices that broadcast a near-constant radio signal to smart devices in the area. This signal indicates the Bluetooth user’s proximity to that beacon and, subsequently, a specific location. Additional beacons can be installed to accurately identify an individual’s position down to meter level. The technology can be easily integrated with other systems and everyday devices due to existing widespread adaptation of the Bluetooth standard. More importantly, beacons offer a diverse array of opportunities for healthcare professionals including better physical and digital security, decreased wait times, and higher equipment utilization rates.
A beacon system with the beacon in the field receiving and sending data to a system manager
Below are some beacon types.