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Acumentive and Fathom partner to improve warehouse asset tracking

Steve Rogerson
May 9, 2017
 
A partnership between Canadian company Fathom and UK-based Acumentive aims to bring more accurate location-based asset tracking to warehouses and other logistically challenging environments.
 
Acumentive delivers smarter asset locating services through its SenseAnyWare platform, providing end-to-end value from location and sensing capabilities. Its customers are in the commercial and public sectors.
 
The partnership with Fathom extends Bluetooth LE locating capability with 2m definition for x-y locating from BLE tags, adding a positional dimension to mix with zonal and zero-infrastructure BLE tracking capability.
 
“Combining Fathom’s unique BLE positioning with the SenseAnyWare’s platform and zero-infrastructure BLE zone tracking approach provides unique, flexible enterprise asset locating, driving value through real-time control and optimisation,” said Acumentive’s managing director Martin Kruse.
 
Fathom uses Bluetooth to enhance asset tracking systems with 2m indoor location accuracy. Its asset tracking system is said to provide greater coverage than RFID, more accuracy than wifi and at a claimed lower cost than other real-time location systems such as UWB. The location technology is Bluetooth-agnostic, meaning it can track any beacon or IoT device broadcasting a Bluetooth signal.
 
“We are excited about our partnership with Acumentive because it combines our strengths in location technology with Acumentive’s market presence to deliver asset tracking that was previously not affordable for most companies,” said Adrian Stimpson, senior vice president at Fathom. “The emergence of Bluetooth Low Energy for asset tracking is taking IoT from a concept to the real world for warehouses, manufacturing facilities and other logistically challenging environments.”
 
The combined system is available from Acumentive, through BT Asset Trace available from BT.
 
Acumentive uses auto-ID – RFID, barcode, RTLS and Bluetooth – technologies and SenseAnyWare software. With over a decade of knowledge of auto-ID technology, it can deploy systems to collect and collate real-time data from multiple streams and technologies into the one platform and deliver hybrid applications.