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Customer

Christie Lites is the largest North American stage lighting business focused on rentals and production that has been catering for different market segments, from live performances and TV shows to corporate presentations and special events, across a wide range of locations for over 30 years now.

Problem

The client was looking for a provider of a one-off service bundle with strong roots in embedded software development and low-level programming. Standing out as a seasoned technology partner with a rich project portfolio of embedded solutions, Softeq was engaged to provide full-cycle development of a custom-made asset tracking solution.

As an owner of multiple warehouses for rental lighting equipment storage, the client required a system that enables automation of the inventory tracking process.

Solution

Softeq’s team delivered the solution based on the embedded TCP/IP stack that provides the warehouse management staff with information on presence or absence of the target lighting equipment items in store. For this purpose, each item within the warehouse is integrated with a small active RFID tag, which communicates with beacons installed across the warehouse perimeter. Once an hour, tags send data packets containing unique identifiers through a radio bearer to the local network of beacons. The beacons then transmit the information on the equipment status to the client’s server via Ethernet connection.

The interaction between different parts of the system is provided through the following protocols:

  • Wireless connection protocol serves for sending data packets from tags to beacons via radio bearers
  • Beacon internal protocol transmits data from the beacon radio module to the beacon network module via UART
  • Ethernet protocol sends data from the beacon network module to the client’s server

Challenge

The team successfully handled such challenging tasks as extending the tag durability for up to 10+ years and ensuring a radio frequency performance stability within metal storage shelves and wire screens of the warehouse.

Methodology

The team followed a conventional Waterfall software development process enabling a sequential implementation of the project.

Results

The team completed the hardware design and development phase and delivered a fully functioning prototype within the designated timeline. Once the solution has been tested onsite, it will be scheduled for mass production.

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