ProxPoints are Tag readers that facilitate unrestricted movement within predefined zones while accurately recording the locations of all Tagged assets. These readers “hear” data from Tags up to 100 meters away and send this information to Loop Cloud.
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Bluetooth LE and LTE Coverage
The ProxPoint has a 100-meter adjustable coverage radius.
The ProxPoint has four Bluetooth LE modules with one antenna per module, enabling the ProxPoint to cover a circular area with a radius of up to 100 meters.
All BlueCats Tags communicate with the ProxPoint over Bluetooth LE to transmit events, so they must pass within that 100-meter radius to effectively communicate to the ProxPoint. BlueCats recommends locating the ProxPoint at a natural choke point or high-traffic area to ensure all Tags pass near it. Alternatively, ProxPoints can be installed throughout a site to provide more real-time coverage.
The ProxPoint requires an internet connection to send Tag events and information to Loop Cloud. Each ProxPoint comes equipped with an LTE SIM card which will automatically connect to a cellular network when one is available.
Alternatively, the ProxPoint can be connected via M12 x-code to a CAT5A or higher cable to get internet from an Ethernet connection.
Note: If network connectivity is lost, the ProxPoint will automatically attempt to reconnect to the network. All events are stored on the ProxPoint until a successful connection is made, so there is no risk of losing stored events.
Please review these site prerequisites before installing your ProxPoints.
- Power outlets need to be live and available where the ProxPoint will be mounted.
- Ethernet outlets need to be live and available if Ethernet connectivity is required. The maximum allowable length of Ethernet cable is 100 meters.
- Indoor ProxPoints should be mounted in a centralized location with a solid line of sight to as much of the building/room as possible.
- Outdoor ProxPoints should be installed on utility poles (telephone poles) or similar mounting positions with a height of 10-20 feet for optimum coverage. Alternatively, they can be mounted to the side of a building or other existing structure.
Note: The ProxPoint defaults to LTE for an internet connection. To set up a ProxPoint with an Ethernet or Wi-Fi connection, please contact us.
Note: Wooden telephone poles are ideal for ProxPoint mounting.
For indoor use, we recommend mounting the ProxPoint in a centralized location with a solid line of sight to as much of the building/room as possible. Breakrooms, dining areas, and entryways are generally good location choices. The only ProxPoint infrastructure requirement is a power source.
As an IP67-rated device, the ProxPoint can also be installed outdoors. The ProxPoint plug should be connected to power at a weatherized receptacle and follow all electrical safety standards. The higher the ProxPoint is mounted, the larger the coverage area. Mounting on a pole at a height of 10-15 feet is ideal.
Note: The ProxPoint and power supply are IP rated for outdoor installation. BlueCats recommends plugging the ProxPoint into a weather-rated receptacle, following safe electrical practices.
- ProxPoint enclosure
- AC Power Adaptor
- Mounting hardware (user-provided)
- LTE Antenna
- GNSS Antenna
- 2 straight Bluetooth LE antennas
- 2 right angle Bluetooth LE antennas
InSTALLING YOUR PROXPOINT
- Remove the ProxPoint from the packing box.
- Attach the four Bluetooth LE antennas at the connectors labeled BT1-4: one straight antenna and one angled antenna per side.
- Attach the LTE antenna to the connector labeled LTE. The LTE antenna has an adhesive back that allows for mounting to a wall or telephone pole. It should be located 20 cm or more from the ProxPoint and oriented vertically
ProxPoint with all antennas attached.
NOTE: The LTE antenna should not be mounted to thin, metal pipes. It should be adhered to a telephone pole, wall, the side of a building, or any other flat surface. Mounting it to a metal pipe significantly impairs the antenna’s ability to receive an LTE signal. If you wish to mount your ProxPoint to these types of pipes, please contact BlueCats for optional pipe-mount LTE antenna options.
4. Attach the GNSS antenna to the connector labeled GNSS. The antenna is magnetic, attachable to any magnetic surface, and can be adhered to a wall using double-sided tape.
5. Connect the provided power cable to the PWR connector on the ProxPoint, then plug the receptacle end into wall power.
6. If using Ethernet: Plug the M12 end of the Ethernet cable into the ETH connector on the ProxPoint, and the other end into a live data outlet.
The Proxpoint has a dual color (red or green) LED that indicates its power and connection status. The LED indicates the following statuses.
- Solid Red LED – Powered on, no internet connection.
- Blinking/flickering Red LED – Powered on with no IP address.
- Solid Green LED – Powered on, connected to the internet, and communicating with Loop Cloud.
- Blinking Green LED – Successful internet connection, but not successfully communicating with Loop Cloud.