I am working on a senior design project for my undergraduate program in engineering. Currently, my team and I are trying to develop a system to track patients through a hospital clinic. To accomplish this, I did a bit of research and found that a Bluetooth mesh network could be a potential solution.
If I were to implement a mesh network, what would I need to accomplish this? I’m fairly new to Bluetooth, so I’m mostly wondering about which specific parts I would need to get this network up and running. I assume that I need some sort of antennas to place around the building, processors that can interpret this information from the antennas, and then some sort of central hub that connects the whole system. We are tracking people, so I have proposed giving patients some sort of tags that they could wear that communicate with the antenna.
I would very much appreciate any input to this problem, including: (1) big picture concepts of what parts of needed, (2) specific parts that I can look up on this website (3) suggestions, concerns, or problems that you could foresee with this project. We are a student group, so keeping costs as low as possible is essential. Thank you for any input you can give, it is much appreciated!