Proximity.Directory, the world’s largest directory when it comes to proximity companies, has recently released its Q2 2017 report. The report is based on information gathered from several Proximity Solution Providers or PSPs. A total of 400 PSPs from 55 different countries are said to have participated in this report. The report particularly delved into recent trends in asset tracking and was ble to uncover the latest mind-blowing facts and figures regarding location data.
#1: By using best sms tracker of people and assets, hospitals are able to save over hundreds of thousands of dollars per year and have an immediate Return on Investment of 275%. Location data which was primarily used by the retail industry has now expanded its scope to other industries such as healthcare. Hospitals have now realized that through the use of proximity data, they can help improve their operational efficiencies. This is important since the healthcare industry rely on accurate and timely locations of moving objects for them to produce the best results.
Estimates indicate that hospitals in the upcoming years will purchase ten to twenty percent more of portable equipment than what they actually require for operational necessities. If hospitals invest in asset tracking systems, they wouldn’t need to buy that many expensive equipment or materials in the first place since they can easily determine how many they exactly need at a given time through the system. Money is thus saved and a possible return on investment of 275% is highly probable.
#2: There are over 15 million sensors that are registered worldwide. The Q2 report has indicated that 15,176,500 sensors are currently registered at Proximity.Directory. 40% of these regsitered are located in Europe, 39% are in North America, and 12% are found in Asia Pacific region. Europe and North America mainly dominates the market due to the fact that most retailers in these regions have their own omnichannel marketing strategies which are more active compared to the other regions of the world. However, the report noted that each European country only has an average of six PSPs.
#3: Wi-Fi sensors are growing twenty-five times per year. Compared to the earlier report, Q2 2016, the latest report has seen an increase in the number of Wi-Fi sensors used worldwide. Beacons also have increased by 1.7 times although Near-field communication sensor numbers have remained constant as compared to last year.
#4: 87 Percent of the proximity industry supports iBeacon. The report notes that 9 out of 10 PSPs curently supports iBeacon while Google’s Eddystone standard is supported by 56% of the proximity industry. Most PSPs, according to the report, do not work exclusively with one or the other. This is due to the fact that some protocols work better in certain use cases as compared to others. Apple and Google, however, remain to be the front-runners when it comes to the beacon protocol industry.
#5: In 2016, 24 million articles of checked in luggage were lost mostly due to inefficient location tracking. Among these 24 million, over 1 million of lost luggage have not been recovered. Due to this, the Samsonite company has teamed up with In The Pocket and has introduced Track&Go which is a recent innovation in luggage design. Track&Go is typically a specialized suitcase that has a Bluetooth beacon located inside it. The beacon can be activated through registration by the owner in its companion mobile app Travlr. Although the suitcase can only be tracked up to 70 meters from the app user’s current distance, it is a useful device that can help you determine whether your luggage was loaded on the proper plane and if not where it is currently headed. With this, you will be able to alert the airline personnel of the incident so that they can correct the mishap immediately.
Another feature in this app is when the owner tags the suitcase as lost on the app. The Travlr app will then use its user base by using location services on other user’s phones to pick up the lost suitcase’s particular signal. Once tracked, a notification will be sent ot the owner detailing the location and time that the suitcase was located. The company has stated that these innovative suitcases will be released on the market hopefully by next year.