Asset Tracking

Tag Vendors / Configuration

  • Tag Vendors:
    • Any tag vendor will work with Mist as long as the APs are able to detect the tags. Tag vendors we’ve worked with the most are:
      • Blue vision,, and Radius Networks.
    • Tag / Beacon Configuration:
      • For configuration for both tags and beacons we recommend setting tags to >100 ms interval rates and 0 dBm for power.
      • There is usually a tradeoff between frequent “chirping” and battery life.  Please see the tag vendor documentation about this.


vBLE Engagement means the array will be in transmit mode (for way-finding).

If Asset Visibility is also enabled, then the array will be a part-time listener and a part-time transmitter.

If Assets is your primary use case, you might consider “listen mode”.

Bluetooth on Phones/Devices Acting as a Beacon

Please note that when a phone’s Bluetooth is enabled, that does NOT mean the phone is advertising itself as a beacon. Phones do not transmit at the same rate as a beacon, and actively receive, unless explicitly told to do otherwise. Thus a third-party application on the phone is required to make it function as a beacon.
Link to Bluetooth LE Resource Center.

Live View – Setup for Assets and SDK Clients





















An active Live view screen

  • Note it is a named asset.
  • Note where it is shown on the map (and which zones if they are defined).
  • Detailed information on the selected asset appears in the lower-right corner.
    • Will show Properties, Location History, and RF Glasses are shown next.


Tag Location History (Zones)

RF Glasses on an Asset Tag for Debugging

Please note that these tools are useful for POC purposes, but when these projects move into the mainstream, the Mist API and webhooks are used to automate this process and collect the zone analytics.