Telstra Bluetooth Finding Community

What is the Telstra Bluetooth® Finding Community?

The Telstra Bluetooth Finding Community actively observes Track and Monitor devices to provide a low cost and lower power means to locate assets that are valuable for your business.

Who can use it?

The Telstra Bluetooth Finding Community is available to Telstra Track and Monitor  customers who have Bluetooth enabled devices.

How does it work?

You can attach a Track and Monitor device to one of your assets, which could be anything from equipment, crates and pallets to machinery, trailers and shipping containers.

When the asset moves within Bluetooth range of a community member, the member reports its location, anonymously and securely, back to Telstra’s Track and Monitor platform. This data is then used to find the last known approximate location of the device.

Who are the members of the Telstra Bluetooth Finding Community?

You can deploy the Bluetooth Finding Community across your workforce to provide persistent visibility of your fleet of assets that are within their vicinity. This can be done by:

  • Installing the Telstra Track and Monitor App onto your staff’s mobile devices
  • Implementing the Telstra Bluetooth Finding Community SDK into your own custom app
  • Enabling the Telstra Bluetooth Community on your Track and Monitor Cat-M1 Solar Tracking Units

In addition, the community includes members outside of your organisation that can assist you to find assets that may have been removed from your site and/or are not in the vicinity of your workforce. These community members can include:

  • Telstra mobile customers who have opted in for location permissions in the My Telstra app
  • Other Track and Monitor customers who have implemented the Bluetooth community amongst their workforce
  • Over 6000 Telstra Air enabled payphones and Telstra Air Public Wi-Fi Hotspots

All data captured is secure and anonymous. You won’t know which community member has helped to locate your item and the Bluetooth Finding Community member cannot see what item they’re detecting. 

Where can I use it?

The Telstra Bluetooth Finding Community relies, in part, on a crowd-sourced community of users throughout Australia whose devices help locate items. The existence, size and extent of the Finding Community will vary from location to location, will not be the same at all times, and will not be present in all locations and so for best results we recommend that you deploy the Bluetooth Community among your workforce, which will provide more persistent coverage.

Check out the activity of our Bluetooth Finding community across different regions of Australia. The images below show where devices have been observed by the community over a typical month. Remember, that the presence of the Bluetooth Finding Community at a particular location and time will vary as the community members move around. For example, we would typically see different activity from community members during the night than during the day.

National Australia

The total number of observations nationally for the month of October 2021 was 85 million. The greatest density and number of observations occurs throughout capital cities, regional population centres and highways throughout the country where 1000s of observations are commonly made each month. The frequency of observations reduces significantly in rural and remote areas where there is a low population and/or few people transiting through.

Melbourne

Bluetooth observations are typically concentrated in the 1000s around the Greater Melbourne area as well as major population centres including Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo and the major highways connecting them. The frequency of observations reduces to 10s or 0 in rural and remote areas where there is a low population and/or few people transiting

Tasmania

Bluetooth observations are typically concentrated in the 100s to 1000s around the major population centres such as Hobart, Launceston and Devonport as well as along National Highway 1. The frequency of observations reduces to 10s or 0 in rural and remote areas where there is a low population and/or few people transiting through.

Sydney

Bluetooth observations are typically concentrated in the 1000s around the Greater Sydney area as well as major population centres along the coast from Wollongong to Newcastle and inland population centres such as Bathurst and Orange. The frequency of observations reduces to 10s or 0 in rural and remote areas where there is a low population and/or few people transiting through.

Brisbane

Bluetooth observations are typically concentrated in the 1000s around the Greater Brisbane area as well as major population centres along the coast from the Gold Coast to the Sunshine Coast and inland cities such as Toowoomba. The frequency of observations reduces to 10s or 0 in rural and remote areas where there is a low population and/or few people transiting through.

Adelaide

Bluetooth observations are typically concentrated in the 1000s around the Greater Adelaide area. The frequency of observations reduces to 10s and 0 in rural and remote areas where there is a low population and/or few people transiting through.

Perth

Bluetooth observations are typically concentrated in the 1000s around the Greater Perth area. The frequency of observations reduces to 10s or 0 in rural and remote areas where there is a low population and/or few people transiting through.

Darwin

Bluetooth observations are typically concentrated in the 1000s around Darwin while along national Highway 1 there are 10s to 100s. The frequency of observations reduces to 10s or 0 in rural and remote areas where there is a low population and/or few people transiting through.

ACT

Bluetooth observations are typically concentrated in the 1000s around Canberra. Other regional centres such as Wagga Wagga and Albury-Wodonga also see a higher density of observations around the 100s to 1000s. The frequency of observations reduces to 10s or 0 in rural and remote areas where there is a low population and/or few people transiting through.

Observation map legend

Observation Indicates where a device has been observed by the community over the last month.

Red

10s of observations

Orange

100s of observations

Yellow

1000s of observations

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