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Mist Expands Vision of Universal Standards-Based Indoor Location

Wi-Fi platform leverages IoT, ultra-wideband, radar, LiDAR, ESL, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LE

Mist Systems, a Juniper Networks company, has announced new ecosystem partner integrations that leverage ultra-wideband, WiFi radar (sensing), LiDAR, Electronic Shelf Labels (ESL) and batteryless Bluetooth LE tags to deliver advanced use cases for indoor location with high accuracy and exceptional scale.

“We are excited to build on the previous success of our location solution, including placement as a visionary in the recently announced 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Indoor Location Services, with new use cases that leverage state-of-the-art ultra-wideband, WiFi, LiDAR, ESL and Bluetooth LE technologies,” said Bob Friday, CTO of Mist Systems. “It takes a robust ecosystem to bring indoor location to stores, hotels, hospitals, campuses and other AI-driven enterprises, so we are excited to be working with the best vendors in the industry to make this a reality.”

The following table summarizes Mist’s new technology partnerships which will help customers accelerate their business success across multiple location technology areas.

Partner Technology Area(s)
Aerial WiFi Radar
InnerSpace WiFi Location, LiDAR
Inpixon Ultra-Wideband
Quarion Ultra-Wideband
SES-Imagotag Electronic Shelf Labeling
Solu-M Electronic Shelf Labeling
Sewio Ultra-Wideband
Wiliot

Boosting Accuracy with Ultra-Wideband Radio Technology

Ultra-wideband (UWB) could well be a standards-based technology that can be the cornerstone of a real-time location system (RTLS). It delivers higher-accuracy location to address additional location use cases for customers, including those for Industrial IoT (IIoT), healthcare, enterprise, logistics and retail environments. Mist has been working with Inpixon, Quarion and Sewio, three leading location and positioning technology providers and is integrating their UWB anchors and tags within the Mist AI-driven enterprise solution. UWB can enable sub 1-foot accuracy and will enable Mist to address new use cases in the safety and high-value asset tracking areas.

Minimizing Operational Costs and Complexity of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)

As more customers across many industries continue to expand their use of BLE tags for asset tracking, driving down the operational costs and complexity becomes more critical. To address this, Mist, with its Virtualized BLE (vBLE), is working with Wiliot to simplify ongoing operations and initial system deployment with machine learning on a converged WiFi, BLE and IoT access point to eliminate manual calibration while leveraging innovative battery-free tags that harvest energy by recycling radio signals.

“Part of the value of Wiliot’s sticker-sized battery-free Bluetooth sensor tags is the ability to leverage existing Bluetooth infrastructure. Mist was born with Bluetooth at its heart, so the adoption of Mist by some of the world’s biggest brands and its ability to precisely locate our low-cost intelligent tags makes for a compelling partnership,” said Steve Statler, SVP Marketing and Business Development at Wiliot.

Leveraging WiFi Sensing for Clientless (Device-Free) Location

WiFi sensing is an innovative technology that can eliminate the need to deploy tags while bringing visibility into occupancy, motion and traffic flows within enterprise, healthcare and hospitality environments. It is complementary to other location technologies such as BLE or UWB while addressing several use cases that those technologies cannot easily address.

“We are very excited to be working with Juniper and Mist in order to extend WiFi sensing technology and leverage the Mist AI-Driven enterprise WiFi infrastructure to solve customer challenges. We are already working with many customers to address new clientless (device-free) location problems in the security, safety and patient care areas and are looking to expand to use cases that we can solve with our technologies,” said Michel Allegue, CTO and Co-Founder at Aerial Technologies.

Modernizing the Corporate Campus and Increasing Safety with Indoor Mapping

By leveraging machine learning technology in concert with pervasive WiFi, BLE, UWB and/or LiDAR, one can provide sub-two-meter accuracy for the mapping, asset location and occupancy use cases. The partnership between InnerSpace and Juniper Mist enables high value enterprise applications for the corporate campus across real estate utilization, employee experiences, operations and security and safety. InnerSpace leverages the Mist SDK to transform any space into a Smart Building and can also provide public safety and first responders with enhanced situational awareness to identify the location of civilians in the event of emergencies. 

“With Juniper’s Mist wireless solution rapidly expanding its footprint in public and private spaces, it integrates with our indoor location solutions to enable our shared companies to radically transform the corporate campus," said James Wu, CEO, InnerSpace. "Together, we will be able to offer companies the ability to fundamentally change their business with new customer and employee experiences, create new streams of revenue and to do so quickly and at scale."

Simplifying Electronic Shelf Labeling (ESL) Deployments for Retail

With the digitization of retail environments by leveraging electronic shelf labels to maintain agility and reduce costs, lowering the cost of installation and operations of this complementary retail technology is increasingly important. Integrating the ESL gateway with the Mist Access Points, lowers costs by eliminating the need for additional cabling and power while also leveraging the Mist platform to locate and interact with the gateways. This can give shoppers access to better information in-store as well as digital services such as indoor navigation, product search and fast payment while eliminating manual, error-prone price changes and simplifying inventory management.

“Partnering with Mist is a great opportunity to further accelerate the massive adoption of our ESL and IoT solutions in North America and the world. The innovative AI and location technology advances developed by Mist, when integrated with our Retail IoT solutions, brings stores a cost-efficient and lean infrastructure to help them achieve their digital transformation,” said Philippe Bottine, CEO Americas at SES-imagotag. “I am delighted to collaborate with Mist to turn physical stores into digital assets for retailers and brands.”

“The joint solution between Mist and SoluM can reduce installation costs and complexity for ESL systems in a wide range of cases, including retail shops, smart offices, hospitals, hotels and classrooms. This partnership creates an all-in-one platform that brings together the advanced technology of AI-driven WiFi and ESL systems to increase deployment speed and streamline maintenance without requiring additional devices”, said Jeho Lee, President at SoluM America.

24 March 2020

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