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Launch of BlueCats NOW at the NRA exhibition Chicago

BlueCats launch an innovative product for the Hospitality Sector

Launch of BlueCats NOW at the NRA exhibition Chicago. BOOTH 5859 BlueCats latest innovation for hospitality is designed to eliminate staff wandering a venue when delivering food or drinks. The BlueCats “NOW” Guest Positioning Solution (GPS) is based on a “Smart Table Flag” which uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to locate a guest, so food and drinks can be delivered fast and fresh! The benefit and attraction for hospitality vendors are BLE’s ubiquitous nature, that allows for other technologies to interact within a single platform. For example, all smartphones can hear BLE signals, so the BlueCats “NOW” solution can give granular context to an app to enable “Order at the Table” and even “Pay at the table”. For the back of house, the addition of BLE sensors to monitor temperature, air quality and movement, opens further opportunities for automation and monitoring of activities with the same single platform. WHAT IS BLUECATS "NOW" ? Searching for guests...

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Enterprise IoT Summit 2017

At the recent (28-29 March 2017) Enterprise IoT summit in Austin, Texas, the BlueCats Team hosted a booth demonstrating our core Bluetooth Low Energy technology and beacons. We demonstrated: the ability for customers to use our beacons to transmit sensor data and state over the air using very low power at great distances; the ability to track assets and people using our new Edge Relay (https://www.bluecats.com/edge-relay), as well as triggering events based on whether assets/personnel are on or off site; our new site entry and exit solution for construction clients; and how simple it is to use our edge relay to transmit local sensor data from hundreds of BLE enabled sensors to your cloud or on site infrastructure. Our CEO Nathan Dunn also joined the Smart Cities panel to discuss how BLE plays a part in the future of sensor networks, citizen services, and platform extensibility. Missed our information regarding the capabilities of...

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Edge Relay Introduction

Edge Relay Introduction In early March of 2017 we released an incredibly innovative product called BlueCats Edge Relay, the response was immediate, and humbling. Since that time we have been fielding unprecedented interest from companies that want to understand more about how Edge Relay is going to help them better utilise existing Beacon networks, but more excitingly, from companies wanting to build new and innovative products with Bluetooth as the core foundation. The Origin of Edge Relay At BlueCats we have been developing world class Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) solutions since 2012, before iBeacon was coined. We know the strength of BLE, especially when it comes to Beacons in proximity and retail environments. However, there were constraints that we’re limiting Beacons true potential - Simply put, the constraints of iOS and Android meant we were playing the game by someone else's rules. We knew BLE had a lot more to offer, but we needed...

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Beacon Insights Dashboard

Let me pose a variation on an old, but useful philosophical question. If a beacon transmits its signal into the surrounding space, but there is nothing around to hear it, does the beacon really exist at all? This may be contrived but actually highlights both a real world challenge in managing a beacon deployment and at the same time presents a great opportunity to gather decisive insights about when a smartphone enters specific locations that you care about. What are beacon visits and insights? Beacons are one-way transmitting devices, unaware of their surroundings. However when you pair them with a smart device you now have the opportunity to both monitor the state of your beacons (proving that they do in fact exist!) and at the same time use your knowledge of a beacon’s installed location (configured with rich meta-data in the BlueCats platform) to determine which devices have visited a location and when....

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Everything’s bigger in Texas

Our new R&D and Distribution Centre opens in Austin Along with our other offices in Sydney, Melbourne and London, we have been firmly planted in Austin Texas going on 4 years now. However as the home of our growing Engineering and R&D teams and primary distribution centre we were in need of a bigger, better, brighter space to support our team. We have now settled into our lab and distribution warehouse in Downtown Austin.   You may notice the branding isn’t quite what you are used to seeing from BlueCats. If you’ve ever visited Austin, Texas you’ll recognise the uniqueness of the signage throughout this thriving tech hub. We wanted to make sure we keep that tradition going.   If you are in Texas and want to see what we are up to, we’d love you to drop by for a visit.   You’ll find us at: 301 Chicon St, Suite A Austin, Texas, 78702 USA +1 512 524...

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