Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Bluetooth tamper-proof beacon guards high-value assets

Steve Rogerson
November 17, 2017



What is claimed to be the world's first Bluetooth beacon that is tamper proof, Beeks Mini Tamper Proof comes from HID Global subsidiary Bluvision, a provider of software-based real-time location products and sensor beacons.
 
The beacon allows for tracking of high-value assets and stops the tracking technology being removed from the asset. This anti-theft protection provides real-time alarms through the Florida company's Bluzone cloud when the beacon is removed or tampered with.
 
What is said to make the tracker desirable is the pairing of the tamper-resistant capabilities with the physical size of the beacon. At the size of two US quarter coins, the device is suitable for mounting on a variety of assets from computers and medical equipment to high value tools, where there is a requirement for discrete size and small footprint. As with the rest of the Beeks suite, it is IP67 rated and can be configured with several sensors including an accelerometer for vibration and a sensor for temperature monitoring.
 
It is also the latest addition to HID Global's Tamper Tag portfolio following HID's RFID Tamper tag which was released earlier this year.
 
"Bluvision's tamper-proof beacon is a continuation in our commitment to provide products that address real-world business problems using simple, innovative features," said Jimmy Buchheim, CEO of Bluvision. "The added capability allows for industries including healthcare, military and defence, and manufacturing to not only track high-value assets with great accuracy, but to also understand when the assets are being tampered with."
 
Bluvision's end-to-end IoT platform, which consists of sensor beacons, Bluetooth to wifi gateways and the Bluzone cloud, is built to scale to millions of connected units and manage and monitor networks of tens of thousands of assets. The real-time location system is used for tracking assets with accuracy and with features, including heat maps, geofences and flexible policy creation. The company uses machine learning, artificial intelligence and telemetry data to determine equipment health and enable proactive maintenance actions.