In 2014 Polymorph came onboard as the preferred software development partner who were tasked to develop Bloodhound’s first smartphone mobile application which would replace the existing custom phone and software. This was the start of a long term friendship and partnership between these two companies. The new smartphone still had to interface with the existing Internet of Things (IoT) platform while introducing a significant upgrade in accurate indoor tracking utilising BTLE technology.
“We are very pleased with our decision to partner with Polymorph. With their help we could upgrade our product offering to use smartphone technology. One of the reasons why we chose Polymorph as our development partner was their knowledge and significant experience in indoor tracking using BTLE Bluetooth beacons. This has become one of our key differentiators as most of our competitors still only use standard GPS technology which can only be used for outdoor tracking. Being able to accurately track the position of products indoors has opened up numerous possibilities for us in new markets,” states Bernard Slabbert, CEO at Bloodhound.
After seeing how well the security market adapted to the use of the smartphone application for indoor and outdoor location tracking and humanising staff management the next opportunity that Bloodhound explored was in the cleaning sector.
Based on the same technology as the security guard app, Polymorph developed a tool which would revolutionise the way cleaning teams operated. It replaced clip boards and paper trails with a digitised platform which could track in real time staff’s whereabouts and provided functionality to monitor where and when cleaning products needed replacement.
The new BTLE indoor tracking system replaced the old system which still relied on RFID tags. This had the advantage of providing Proof of Presence and Proof of Service which was a major advantage when signing service level agreements (SLAs). It cancelled out disputes between client and service provider. Polymorph also developed a reporting system which could be managed from a central dashboard to notify key persons and management of their staffs’ performance.