Tracking Movement and Progress via Bluetooth

Bluetooth signals emanating from laptops and cell phones could provide an opportunity to monitor how long it takes vehicles and pedestrians to travel from one point to another. The information would be most useful in tracking the speed of a commute, or progress through airport security lines.

Once tracked, a real-time feedback could be established to respond to delays:

  • TSA personnel could be reassigned to trouble spots to improve traveler progress through security.
  • Additional entry gates could be opened to handle unexpected loads in an airport.
  • Police or tow trucks could be dispatched to delayed regions on highways.

The monitoring would likely require a disclaimer in our litigious society ("The xyzzy org is monitoring your radio transmissions to improve service. At no time is your cell phone or wireless device data compromised."). A system need not glean any more than a unique ID of the transmission (versus actually accessing data) and track the location of that ID through a facility / traffic flow.

Of course, over-responsive wireless devices (those set in ‘discovery mode’) might alert their user, creating nothing less than a security panic for the (rightfully, in these digital daze) paranoid.

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About Michael Coates
I am a pragmatic evangelist. The products, services and solutions I write about fulfill real-world expectations and use cases. I stay up-to-date on real products I use and review, and share my thoughts here. I apply the same lens when designing an architecture, product or when writing papers. I am always looking for ways that technology can create or enhance a business opportunity .. not just technology for technology's sake. My CV says: Seasoned technology executive, leveraging years of experience with enterprise and integration architectural patterns, executed with healthy doses of business acumen and pragmatism. That's me. My web site says: Technology innovations provide a myriad of opportunities for businesses. That said, having the "latest and greatest" for its own sake isn't always a recipe for success. Business successes gained through exploiting innovation relies on analysis of how the new features will enhance your business followed by effective implementation. Goals vary far and wide: streamlining operations, improving customer experience, extending brand, and many more. In all cases, you must identify and collect the metrics you can apply to measure your success. Analysis must be holistic and balanced: business and operational needs must be considered when capitalizing on a new technology asset or opportunity.

One Response to Tracking Movement and Progress via Bluetooth

  1. Pingback: Traffic Data Collection via Cell Phone Signals « OpsanBlog

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