BC2500 Asset Tag – Preparation

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GPS-accurate, real-time tracking for your largest worksites

The BC2500 Tag is a rugged device designed to locate assets within large controlled sites. The Tag solves its own location via GNSS and broadcasts the coordinates via Bluetooth Low Energy (LE). The BC2500 Tag delivers high levels of accuracy (2.5 meters CEP) with a battery life of up to 10 years.

 

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Activation

To prepare your BC2500 Tags for association:

  1. Open the box and remove the Tags from their packaging materials.
  2. To activate a Tag, remove the white adhesive label on the side of the Tag that says REMOVE BEFORE USE, along with the small magnet underneath it, and discard them. 
  3. When the magnet is removed, the Tag automatically activates.

Note: This is a one-time action, and replacing the magnet will not deactivate the Tag.

Please proceed to Outdoor Tracking – Loop Mobile when you’re ready to associate your BC2500 tags to your assets.

Placing the 2500 Tag

Once a 2500 Tag is associated with an asset, the Tag is ready to get a GNSS fix, transmitting its GNSS coordinates to the ProxPoint or mobile device running Loop Mobile nearby.

For the BC2500 Tag get a fix:

  1. Go outside and place the Tag on the object you wish to track (the Tag needs a view of the sky to get a fix, so it’s important that you are outside).

  2. Without moving the Tag, open the Loop Mobile app on your mobile device and stand within 15 feet of the Tag. Wait at least three minutes. Depending on your Tag settings, the duration before your Tag gets a fix may be longer than three minutes. 

  3. In the Activity Log for the Tag you will see whether it is stationary and if it has sent its GNSS data to Loop Cloud. There are three possible conditions.

    1. Waiting – waiting to confirm beacon is stationary and attempting to obtain GNSS fix

    2. Stopped – fix obtained,  waiting to send to Loop Cloud

    3. Stopped – fix obtained, sent to Loop Cloud

Note: The mobile device running Loop Mobile receives the GNSS fix from the Tag via Bluetooth. You must have your mobile device within 15 feet of a Tag so they can communicate.

Fix Obtained Once a fix has been obtained, the time and date it was obtained will be displayed here.

Fix Sent – Once a fix has been sent to Loop Cloud, the time and date it was sent will be displayed here.

If you tap on the Location button on an asset, Loop Mobile will open Google Maps and show the asset’s location on the map. Additionally, if you tap on the right arrow icon, you will be taken to the full detail view for a Tag or Asset, including reported temperature, battery status, etc. 

Once you have successfully created an association between a Tag and Asset, and placed the Tag outside with a view of the sky, you can view the Activity screen to check the status of your Tag. Once the GNSS Status changes to “Stopped obtained, sent to Loop Cloud”, you can login into your Loop Cloud dashboard to see the GPS Tag locations on the map.

Place the BC2500 Tag on the asset, ideally with a clear view of the sky.

BC2500 Tag States

After activation, the BC2500 Tags are perpetually checking which state they are in: Moving or Stopped.

MOVING

Tags transmit their movements via Bluetooth to your mobile device; they do not attempt to get a GNSS fix.

STOPPED

After remaining still for three minutes, the Tags transmit that they have Stopped, then attempt to get a GNSS fix. If the Tag successfully gets a fix, it transmits the GNSS coordinates to a nearby ProxPoint or mobile device running Loop Mobile.

If the Tag does not get a fix, it continues attempting to do so (while Stopped) until it reaches its daily maximum fix attempt limit (typically between 6 and 10 per day). After this limit is reached, it will shut down for the remainder of the day. 

Note: The maximum number of fix attempts (between 6 and 10 per day) can be changed by BlueCats administrative staff. If you need any assistance, please contact us for technical support via the BlueCats Help Center.