The impact of location technology on fan engagement in sports and what it has to do with Netflix

It has now been over 2.5 years since the World Health Organization declared Covid-19 a global pandemic in March 2020. For a long time, therefore, public life was almost at a standstill and most people spent a lot of time at home. Much that originally took place in presence suddenly existed – if at all – only in a digital way and events, such as soccer matches, took place in front of empty stands.

One might now assume that the ghost games have increased the number of viewers in front of their TV screens at home. But the opposite is the case. Viewing figures in Germany for soccer matches – whether in the Bundesliga or international games – fell significantly during the corona pandemic. This also has an impact on fan engagement. It is therefore all the more important for soccer clubs to bring fans back to the stadium. But how can this be achieved when sports are now competing with streaming providers such as Netflix, people’s habits have changed as a result of the pandemic, and the sofa is so much more comfortable than a standing or, in the best case, sitting position in the stadium?

Fan experience is key

What actually motivates fans to watch sporting events like soccer matches live in the stadium? The decisive factor is the experience gained on site: Watching a game or a competition together with other fans, cheering or shaking together – that’s what unites people. The good atmosphere in the stadium, the exchange with like-minded people, an appealing stadium design and the opportunity to pass the time at kiosks or fan stores during breaks. These are all factors that help to create a positive fan experience.

And the more positive this fan experience is, the more likely it is that fans will come back. Not only that, but they are likely to tell others about their positive experience or even motivate others to come along on their next visit.

Improving fan experience with location-based services

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Building the future of the construction industry with flexible location services

It is no coincidence that large construction projects often have the reputation of exceeding every previously set budget and usually taking much longer than planned. On the one hand, construction projects are becoming more and more complex with increasingly tight schedules, but at the same time the construction industry is one of the sectors in which digital transformation is still in its infancy, especially regarding project and process management.

Yet a large construction site is in many ways like a temporary industrial enterprise. Numerous assets of different sizes are used in a limited space to produce a large “(end) product”. As in classic production facilities, it makes sense to use digital asset management tools here as well. In this way, inefficiencies and information losses (so-called bottlenecks) that lead to cost overruns, schedule delays and a general project risk can be avoided.

How to avoid unnecessary search times at construction sites

Often the main problem is not knowing where the damn thing you are looking for is. Be it material, tools or a machine. So a typical case of lost productivity and resources due to unnecessary search time and potential loss of material and equipment. This is where Real Time Location Services in the broader sense and Asset Tracking Systems in the narrower sense come into play and provide visibility and transparency.

Of course, the lifecycle of a construction site is somewhat different from that of a static production plant. While industrial companies usually only cover indoor areas with tracking solutions, the tracking system of a construction site has to remain flexible and “grow” with it, so to speak, from outdoor to primarily indoor tracking. This makes it an ideal location for an indoor/outdoor combination solution with GPS & Bluetooth (BLE), in which data is transmitted via LoRa antenna.

While the outdoor theme is covered during the entire construction phase via GPS tracking, the BLE installation virtually grows with the building. The mobile assets that are to be tracked are equipped with multi-mode trackers. These then calculate their position either via GPS or – as soon as the building shell is closed – based on BLE signals […]

#OneFit4All – How digital solutions simplify everyday hospital life

Simplifying processes and saving resources are now more than ever the major topics of digitization in the healthcare sector. However, the time and financial effort that seems necessary is causing many long overdue projects to fall further and further behind schedule.

That’s why Favendo and SECANDA have teamed up to offer an effective centralized solution for authorization management, identification and localization from a single source, which improves processes in everyday hospital life, saves time and money, and makes day-to-day work easier for everyone involved.

At the heart of the solution is a simple implementation process with an API that bundles various applications and provides user-friendly features.

These are the benefits offered by the joint digital solution for clinics:

Increase security

With the SECANDA system, each person receives a single ID to identify themselves anywhere in the system using the same app or smart card. One medium for payment transactions, time and attendance, identification, as well as for unlocking and locking. This enables automated data management while reducing security gaps. Authorization management happens in real time for all apps, regardless of employee badge (or other medium).

Reduce search times

Medical asset tracking with a Real Time Location System (RTLS) from Favendo helps clinicians to locate medical equipment as quickly as possible. This is not only beneficial in medical emergencies for better patient care, but also helps you save resources and avoid “safety purchases” for expensive equipment.

Improve orientation

Hospitals are usually complex multi-level buildings and often the wards are even spread over several buildings. This poses challenges for visitors and patients looking for their rooms or treatment rooms, but quite possibly also for staff or external service providers, such as maintenance and cleaning companies. To counteract this, Favendo offers a Bluetooth-based indoor navigation that helps everyone find the right way quickly. If an infrastructure with Bluetooth-enabled WLAN access points is already in place, these can be used for the navigation solution, thus saving costs for the hardware infrastructure.

Optimize processes

Thanks to the SECANDA software solution, staff, […]

Technology compared: Which positioning technology fits your use case?

There are countless use cases for location or tracking solutions – both indoor and outdoor. Finding the right technology for the respective use case is a very complex task: What are the wishes and current requirements for the technology, and which could arise in the future? Once these points have been clarified, the next step is to compare technologies.

First of all, it is often a mistake to confuse technology and methodology, or to lump the terms together. For example, Bluetooth, WiFi or GPS are (radio) technologies used for positioning, while RSSI or AoA are the methods used to determine a location.

Just like use cases, there are also countless location technologies that work with specific methods. To go into all of them in depth would definitely go beyond the scope of this article and would require an enormous breadth of expert knowledge that Favendo alone cannot cover. Of course, we have tested various solutions over the past 10 years and learned from our customers’ experiences, but we still don’t know everything 😊. Therefore, in this article we limit ourselves to the technologies and methods that Favendo uses for RTLS solutions. Of course, this implies that this comparison is neither complete nor completely neutral. Nevertheless, we hope that the overview will help a little in the decision-making process or inspire you to discuss internally – or, of course, directly with us.


Bluetooth Low Energy with the RSSI (Received Signal Strength Indicator) method is the hobbyhorse of Favendo’s positioning and navigation solutions. BLE RSSI works with beaconing, which means that the mobile beacons transmit Bluetooth signals and corresponding fixed trackers measure the received signal strength to locate the tagged object.

In this way, an accuracy of 3-5 m can be achieved with indoor positioning and precise planning of the infrastructure. We also call this room-accurate positioning. With BLE RSSI, both tracking and navigation solutions can be implemented in real time. The big advantage is that the infrastructure costs and TCO of a BLE RSSI solution are very low.


Like BLE […]

It’s a Match! What Tinder has to do with Asset Management

Swipe right – it’s a match! Tinder is one of the largest dating apps in the world. In the first quarter of 2022, user numbers amounted to over 10 million paying users (statista, May 2022) – and the trend is rising.

Okay, but what exactly does Tinder have to do with asset management and especially with Favendo? Tinder is the perfect example to explain, close to everyday life, what has to happen in the background of a tracking solution to find exactly the asset you are looking for. But let’s start at the beginning:

Asset Management in a production environment

Let’s assume that in a production environment, containers with manufactured workpieces should be located within the production line as well as in the warehouse in order to reduce search times and create more transparent production processes. This requires an RTLS. Depending on the size of the premises, the environmental conditions and also the desired accuracy, different technologies and solutions come into play for the RTLS.

Together with the customer, Favendo evaluates in each individual case which solution is best suited to the specific scenario. Once a solution has been chosen, the next step is to plan and install the static hardware on site. In the end, the moving assets also need to be provided with hardware, the tags. And here we are again with Tinder and the matching process. Because obviously, the moving assets, in this case the multiple containers for workpieces, need to be “married” to the tags attached to them. Namely, in such a way that they are uniquely identifiable.

Example: The tag with the “ID 456” is attached to the “Container 123”. This physical connection must of course also be reflected on the software side. Thus, employees searching for “container 123” will receive the location of the tag with the “ID 456” from the RTLS and will be able to find the asset they are looking for.

This matching process between asset and tag is a key element for asset tracking solutions. If there is any confusion here, the […]

Environmental – Social – Governance: How RTLS promotes ESG factors

Climate crisis, energy crisis, economic crisis. Companies of all sizes are increasingly dependent on adapting their work processes and corporate strategies to current developments on the global market in such a way that they remain economically viable and at the same time become fit for the future. Sustainability was, is and will remain a decisive factor, which also includes a well-thought-out digital transformation strategy.

Industry 4.0 has become a popular buzzword in this context, but processes often remain sluggish and fall by the wayside in the daily struggle for budgets and priorities. Real-time location services such as asset tracking, however, could go a long way toward optimizing processes for the benefit of all involved and thus making them more efficient.

ESG is receiving more and more attention by investors

After all, criteria for how companies are evaluated by potential investors, for example, are increasingly being applied where sustainability comes into play. In fact, in addition to conventional rating agencies that focus solely on a company’s financial status, there are now also sustainability rating agencies whose criteria reflect the dimensions of “Environmental – Social – Governance” (ESG for short).

Depending on the industry in which a company operates, environmental, social and governance factors are given different weightings. Whereas an automotive supplier tends to focus on the environment, a service provider is more likely to emphasize social aspects.

Above all, manufacturing companies of all kinds can benefit from an RTLS system tailored to their needs from an environmental perspective. In a first step, a successful RTLS implementation also includes a critical review of the current processes and, in case of doubt, their adaptation. In the long run, nothing makes less sense than setting up an asset tracking system that is detached from – or based on inconsistent – process chains.

In a second step, asset tracking makes production processes and machine utilization transparent. This transparency enables more efficient use of energy and raw materials – more important today than ever before – and, as a result, more environmentally compatible production. In this way, overproduction of semi-finished products or excess stocks of […]

Digitalisation in the sports and event sector: What Flensburg and Wembley Stadium have in common.

London, Wembely Stadium. Seating rows with a total length of 54 kilometers. 688 snack and drink outlets. 47 fan shops. 2,618 toilets. 8 restaurants. The population of a large medium-sized German city such as Flensburg regularly moves through this mammoth building to experience a Three Lions international match, an Adele concert or another event live.

Logistical challenges for all involved

In Europe alone there are almost 80 sports stadiums with a capacity of more than 50,000 visitors, and the situation is likely to be similar in all of them for a major event. In most cases, the doors open 90 minutes before the start of the event. There is little time for 50,000+ people to relax and find their way to their booked seats, get a cool drink or stop by the fan shop.

Instead of relaxed anticipation, there is often stress and a hectic pace, which is a reason for quite a few people to avoid such events, even though they would like to visit. At the same time, it is essential for stadium operators to keep the capacity utilization of the events taking place as high as possible in order to operate profitably.

So, what can be done to reduce the negative stress, make the positive fan experience perfect and convince visitors to leave the comfort of their couch at home in favor of an on-site visit? As always, the magic word here is “digitalisation”, which – to put it bluntly – is used to slay any problem these days.

Indoor navigation via smartphone

And the starting point could not be simpler. Many arena operators and football clubs already provide their fans and visitors with iOS and Android smartphone apps that contain all the important information about the club or the venue. A so-called SDK (Software Development Kit) can be integrated into these apps with manageable effort, making indoor navigation via Bluetooth possible. The basis for this is an infrastructure of permanently installed Bluetooth Low Energy Beacons, which form the reference points for turn-by-turn navigation inside the stadium with an accuracy of around 3-5 meters.

What happens with location data after they have been generated?

Favendo is a solution provider for real-time positioning solutions. But what exactly does that mean? What exactly are Real Time Location Services? And what do I get out of RTLS in the end? Do I perhaps need third-party providers to achieve goals such as process optimization or increased profitability? Because one thing is for sure: In environments as complex as modern manufacturing, for example, rarely does only one technology and one solution lead to the goal. Rather, it is the combination and addition of solutions that provides the desired added value and, above all, makes the digital system permanently scalable.

That’s why Favendo, as a solution provider for RTLS, has specialized in the generation of location data. This means that we provide the software and hardware needed to locate objects and people and output this data in such a way that it can be processed further without any problems. In addition, we take care of the planning of the infrastructure and handle the installation and rollout. In practice, this would look like this, for example:

In a production hall, reusable containers that are filled with the finished parts at the end of a production line are to be tracked. This means Favendo equips the movable assets, i.e. the containers, with an asset tag, for example a beacon. This can be bolted to the box or simply attached with cable ties or double-sided tape. Additional trackers are placed in the room (preferably on the ceiling or at higher positions). These should always be planned and mounted with regard to the local conditions and possible signal interference. The trackers receive the signals from the beacons and forward them to the positioning engine, in Favendo’s case the Favendo Commander Engine. This is where the real magic happens, because this is where the position of the tagged containers is calculated based on the signals. And the more accurate the planning of the position of the trackers was in advance, the more accurate the calculation of the position data will be. Once this is done, the location data of the containers is output via our open API. From this point on, there are two ways:

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