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Benefits of Using Wireless APs for WiFi Tracking

Posted on Mar 22, 2024 by
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The essence of the WiFi tracking is to leverage existing wireless access points infrastructure to collect data such as device location, dwell time and movement patterns. By analyzing this data, organizations can gain insights into user behavior, identify areas of network congestion, and detect any unauthorized devices. This approach takes full advantage of deployed wireless network equipment without requiring additional hardware investment, providing a cost-effective and scalable solution for real-time monitoring and management of Wi-Fi networks.

The Benefits of Wi-Fi Tracking

  • No additional equipment required. Wifi tracking utilizes the existing Wi-Fi network infrastructure without additional hardware investment. Since Wi-Fi access points are already deployed indoors, their signal strength and location information can be directly used for tracking without adding additional equipment.

  • Wide coverage: Wi-Fi access points are widely deployed in indoor environments and can provide large coverage. This means they can provide location services to entire indoor areas without the need for additional equipment or base stations.

  • Multi-point tracking: Because Wi-Fi access points can detect the signals of multiple mobile devices at the same time and collect their signal strength and location information, multi-point tracking can be achieved. This means multiple devices can be tracked and located simultaneously within the same area, providing more accurate location information.

    Wifi tracking

  • Moderate accuracy: The accuracy of wifi tracking is usually between a few meters and more than ten meters, which is suitable for most indoor scenes. Although the accuracy of Wi-Fi tracking may be relatively low compared with other tracking technologies (such as GPS), it is sufficient to meet the needs of many application scenarios.

  • High compatibility and strong popularity: Wi-Fi technology is widely popular, and almost all modern mobile devices support Wi-Fi connections, so Wi-Fi indoor tracking has good compatibility. Users do not need to install additional hardware or applications, they only need to turn on the Wi-Fi function to enjoy location services.

Which Functions of Wireless AP are Beneficial?

Wireless Access Point (AP) can provide the following function points in Wi-Fi indoor tracking, helping to achieve more accurate and reliable tracking:

In terms of security, FS’s wireless AP supports WPA3 network security protocol and WIDS wireless intrusion detection system. WPA3 provides more advanced encryption and authentication mechanisms to protect wireless networks from malicious attacks. Wireless intrusion detection systems are used to monitor and identify potential security vulnerabilities and attacks in Wi-Fi networks. It can help protect Wi-Fi networks from unauthorized access and interference, ensuring the reliability and security of tracking systems.

In wifi tracking systems, Indoor Access Points (APs) support OFDMA, MU-MIMO, and 1024-QAM technologies to enhance data transmission efficiency and capacity. OFDMA is a multi-user access technology that enables simultaneous transmission of multiple data streams, supporting more device connections and data transfers. MU-MIMO technology allows APs to transmit data to multiple devices simultaneously, improving network throughput and efficiency while reducing competition among devices. Utilizing multiple antennas for data transmission and reception enhances tracking accuracy and reliability. 1024-QAM is an advanced modulation technique used for transmitting higher data rates in Wi-Fi networks, providing increased data throughput and transmission capacity, which are crucial for supporting large-scale data transfers and delivering precise tracking data. The application of these technologies improves the performance of indoor tracking systems and provides users with a better tracking experience.

Indoor Access Points

The energy consumption of network equipment has always attracted much attention. TWT technology brings changes in network energy efficiency advantages. It allows negotiation between the device and the wireless access point and periodically wakes up the device to receive data, thereby reducing the device's standby power consumption. This means that the device can accurately manage wireless resources according to actual needs and effectively reduce terminal standby power consumption. It makes significant contributions to IoT scenarios, such as smart homes.

Traditional AP management relies on the local network, but cloud management migrates the AP management platform to the cloud. Through centralized management, it can realize fully automatic network discovery, unified configuration and upgrade, real-time monitoring and comparison of faults and self-repair, greatly improving management efficiency and stability.

AP-N515

What Wireless Access Points are available?

FS has some representative indoor products such as AP-N515 and AP-N505 that support all the above functions and are worth recommending to you. There are also outdoor APs provided for you.

   
Product Model
Wireless Standard
802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax
802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax
802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax
802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax
Max Client Devices
256
1024
1536
1024
Power-over-Ethernet
802.3af
802.3af/at/bt
802.3af/at/bt
802.3af
Management
Airware Cloud, WLAN Controller, Gateway
Airware Cloud, WLAN Controller, Gateway
Airware Cloud, WLAN Controller, Gateway
Airware Cloud, WLAN Controller, Gateway
IP Rating
IP41
IP51
IP51
IP68
Environment
Indoor
Indoor
Indoor
Outdoor
 

Conclusion

By analyzing the signals sent and received by the AP, the wifi tracking system can determine the location and movement trajectory of the device and realize the indoor tracking function. This is particularly important in indoor environments such as retail stores, shopping malls, hospitals, and airports, as it can provide users with accurate navigation services, improve user experience, and support refined tracking marketing and target customer analysis. The deployment and configuration of wireless APs are crucial to the performance and accuracy of indoor tracking systems, so when building a Wi-Fi indoor tracking system, selecting appropriate AP and location layout strategies is necessary.

Related articles:

Use Wireless AP for Wi-Fi Indoor Positioning System in Various Industries

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