Manage Air Interface Load

Bluetooth® enabled devices are becoming more and more common, crowding the airspaces of environments such as exhibitions, hospitals, sports arenas and other public spaces with Bluetooth traffic. As the Quuppa Intelligent Locating System™ uses Bluetooth packets for positioning, this traffic can challenge the system’s processing capacity. For this reason, Quuppa recommends the use of proprietary channels that only pick up packets from Quuppa Compatible Tags whenever possible. For cases where this is not possible, i.e. when other Bluetooth devices are also tracked, Quuppa has developed a set of Air Interface Load features that can improve the system’s performance in challenging environments.

The Air Interface Load features enable the optimisation of air interface settings for different use cases. As each deployment environment is unique, finding the optimal settings for each case requires testing and tuning.

With the introduction of the Air Interface Load features comes a change to the previous Tag Tx Power recommendations for cases with high Bluetooth traffic. Now instead of turning the power down to avoid being picked up unnecessarily by Locators, Quuppa’s recommendation is to turn up the Tag Tx Power and instead use the Locator Sensitivity feature to reduce the sensitivity of Locators.

This section describes the best practices for managing air interface load and explains how to use the air interface load features and indicators to assess how much air interface load your system is processing. The features described are available in software versions 6.0 and newer.

For access to all the newest features, make sure that you have the latest software version. Quuppa Software releases are available from the Quuppa Customer Portal's Downloads section.