Hardware that is affordable, seamless, and unobtrusive!

 

PlaceForge utilizes “Bluetooth Low Energy” (BLE) transmitters and receivers to collect position data. The PlaceForge hardware tracks which fobs and tags come within range of one or more hubs.

The hub receivers pass this data along to TimeForge’s secure remote servers through your local network.

So, the PlaceForge hardware continuously tracks anything equipped with a fob or tag transmitter.

 

 

How the Hardware WORKS

 

HUBS

Hubs are Bluetooth receivers that form the backbone of a PlaceForge network. The hubs get signals from fob and tag transmitters, and they connect to your existing network to give all of this info to a secure remote server in real time.

Hubs must be placed in fixed locations and plugged into an outlet (or an extension cord, power strip, etc). Hubs are about the size of a large computer mouse, and they have a signal range of about 75feet. So, hubs get signals from fobs or tags whenever the fob/tag is within at least 75ft or so of a hub.

Since hubs plug into outlets, they never run out of power. Also, hubs can communicate with an unlimited number of fobs or tags that are within range of a hub.

FOBS

Fobs are what your staff members carry to signal to a hub. Fobs are about the same size as a small car fob you’d have on your key ring. Fobs can clip to an employee’s badge or belt loop or simply be tucked into a pocket.

Fobs communicate to hubs whenever they are up to within about 100 feet of each other. Fobs don’t communicate with other fobs. They only send signals to hubs. Each fob has a unique signal, so the hub knows which unique fob it is getting a signal from.

The fobs run on a lithium watch battery that lasts for months, and a fob will let a hub know when the battery is running low.

TAGS

Tags are basically the same thing as a fob, except tags are attached to a thing instead of carried by a person. For example, you would attach a tag to a shopping cart or a serving tray to know where these things are.

Tags signal to a hub whenever they are up to within about 100 feet of each other, and a hub can communicate with an unlimited number of tags. Unlike fobs, tags don’t have distinctive signals. So, the hub doesn’t know which specific tag it is getting a signal from. However, hubs do know what kind of thing the tag is on. So, a hub can see the difference between a shopping cart and a shopping basket (or the difference between a serving tray and a bus cart, etc).

The small matchbox-size tags run on a lithium watch battery that lasts for months, and the larger playingcard-size tags run on several “AAA” batteries that last for more than a year. Tags will let a hub know when their batteries are running low.

Some PlaceForge SOLUTIONS

 

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See exactly WHERE sales staff are spending the most (or least) of their time. Know exactly WHICH areas of your store are (or aren’t) being visited most by customers. Decide HOW to maximize your entire retail space!show me MORE
See exactly WHICH areas are most popular with guests (and when). Know exactly WHERE your assets and staff are (and have been) at all times. Decide HOW to efficiently maximize each guest experience!show me MORE

Installation & Dealer SIGNUP

 

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The process of installing and activating the hub receivers that form the backbone of a PlaceForge network is somewhat technical. The hubs are small (about the size of a fist) and plug into regular 110V power outlets. So, installing even dozens of hubs can be done quickly without affecting your normal retail operations. However, each hub needs to be configured and connected to your local network.

Also, ceilings can be a really convenient place to install hubs where they won’t be accidentally moved and can have a clear unobstructed “line of sight” range to fobs and tags. If your retail or restaurant space has high ceilings, then installing hubs is something that you wouldn’t want to do yourself.

Therefore, we arrange hub installations through a third-party professional installer. The entire process takes a day or two.

If you are interested in becoming a dealer for PlaceForge network equipment, then we’d like to hear from you! Installation is very similar to setting up a wireless security system or a wireless network. Therefore, we’d really like to hear from you if these already match your current installation work, and we’d REALLY like to hear from you if our potential customers also match.

Simply click the “DEALERS Contact” link, fill out some basic info, and we’ll be in touch!

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