Report: ‘Asset tracking’ now a primary use case for indoor location and beacons

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Proximity and beacon data platform Unacast has released its Q2 Proximity.Directory report. The report goes beyond marketing use cases to look at how proximity sensors are being deployed for “asset tracking” (people and places) across industries such as healthcare, logistics, manufacturing and others (marijuana is one of the featured categories).

The report discusses the ways in which proximity technologies, which here include WiFi, NFC, RFID, beacons and geofencing, can help monitor the movements and location of people, vehicles and objects for greater efficiency and cost savings.

How is “asset tracking” being used in the burgeoning global marijuana-growing industry, you ask? Beacons and other real-time location systems (RLTS) are helping track plants and their byproducts through the supply chain — “in real time from growers to dispensary.” This saves labor costs — to the tune of 42 percent, according to the summary in the report.

Unacast says there are now more than 15 million proximity sensors being used in various contexts across the globe. That’s up from just over 13 million in Q4 2016. Overall, the US is the leading market for proximity technology, with 35 percent of global sensor deployments, followed by the UK and Canada.

[Read the full article on MarTech Today.]

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