IFS Labs is aiming at connecting next-generation, context-aware asset and equipment data capture with smart devices and beacon technology.

The solution leverages wireless sensors (BLE-beacons) mounted on the equipment that broadcast the location of the asset to smart devices. In effect, the beacons will tell service technicians what assets are in the immediate vicinity and, using the smartphone app, lets technicians easily drill down in IFS Applications to access more information about the asset in question, such as open work orders and service history.

We see that this solution could be extended into a route planning tool for assets further afield, or even equipped with speech recognition technology to drive further efficiencies.