Hello guys, I have a new project I was thinking an Arduino would be perfect for.
The problem: Gated assisted living community with 5 buildings. Two-way radios and pagers assigned to each building for Care staff to use for communication (radios) and call system for residents (pagers). End of shift means tired workers sometimes working double shifts are ready to get out of Dodge, occasionally taking the radios and pagers home with them, leaving the community and residents vulnerable.
The idea: Tag the radios and pagers and if they are within X distance from reader (point equal to where their vehicle actives the gate), prevent the gate from opening, possibly with additional alarming.
Originally I thought RFID would be the answer, but after research it seems this wouldn't work well with the tags being inside a vehicle, even if the tags were active.
After looking for other options I came across BLE beacons. I have no first hand (or 2nd, or 3rd) experience, but from everything I can tell, they could work.
Most of the information I find about using them with an Arduino were posts a few years old so wanted to check with you guys about this.
- Viability of adding BLE beacons to each radio and pager which operate in reverse of the norm, activating only when inside determined range instead of outside.
Or maybe there is a better option I haven't found yet?
The reader could be mounted on a gate that would be directly beside the car when it pulls up and triggers the gate to open, within about 4-8 feet of the devices I'm trying to prevent from leaving the property, though they will be inside a vehicle.