Art galleries and museums are the trusted custodians of thousands of priceless artworks, exhibits and artefacts. In addition to being vulnerable to theft, often they are housed in historic buildings, susceptible to poor environmental conditions.
Art security tagging systems have existed for years, however these are typically built on legacy technology and come with a price-point which make them inaccessible to the majority of institutions.
TracLogik’s revolutionary, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) based art security tagging system is changing that accepted philosophy.
For more than ten years, TracLogik has been at the forefront of providing solutions to businesses to help them track, monitor and manage their business-critical assets. By applying the same thinking, technology and expertise, TracLogik has developed a next-generation art security tagging system based on the requirements of this world leading institution.
Security Controllers Love the Protection
TracLogik’s Bluetooth Low Energy Tags are in real-time communication with the TracLogik Art Protection Server. Should motion be detected by any of the sensors an immediate alert is triggered. The alert automatically highlights the exhibit affected, shows a map of the location and pulls in a live CCTV feed of the camera covering that exhibit giving security personnel an instant view of the incident. Alerts are also pushed out to smartphones and tablets and logged for audit purposes.
In addition to always-on monitoring of exhibits on display, art in storage is also tagged and tracked giving a clear view of where every artwork is. Where artwork is in transit, the system seamlessly links to GPS trackers to ensure complete coverage.
Artwork on tour at third-party galleries and exhibition spaces remains protected using the TracLogik mobile protection system. This offers a completely standalone deployment without the requirement for any installation or integration to the host gallery’s security system yet offers the same level of protection.
Curators and Conservators Love the Flexibility
TracLogik’s art protection tags are offered in a range of size options to enable the best tag to be chosen for the exhibit. Whether the requirement is for sealed tags or tags with user-replaceable batteries, tags are provided to meet all criteria.
The easy-to-use art protection software enables simple association of art security tags with artwork in the system and provides curators and conservators the space to record the information they require. Furthermore, information held in other systems can be imported or pulled in via an API as required. Similarly, real-time location information, alarms, alerts and notifications can be pushed out to third-party systems to avoid data-silos and ensure that the right information is available to the right people in the right place at the right time.
The system is extended with the TracLogik environmental monitoring suite. Using the same infrastructure, state-of-the-art monitoring equipment relays critical environmental data to curators and conservators to ensure that should an environmental exception occur, swift action can be taken.
Finance Loves the Price
Most art security tagging systems are based on legacy RFID technology. This technology, originally developed in the 1970s, combines expensive art security tags with expensive readers, required to read the tags.
While TracLogik’s solution works in the same way as the established standard – tags broadcast a signal that’s received by a network of readers deployed around the exhibition space and back-of-house areas – the hardware costs for the solution are significantly lower.
TracLogik’s secure software, is designed for the internet age. It enables highly secure access for an unlimited number of users on any device, anywhere in the world. Instant alerts are delivered to the people who matter, wherever they are. With options to deploy either in the cloud or on-premise significant capital expenditure for licences is not required. Instead the software scales based on the number of tagged exhibits and is paid for with a low monthly subscription fee.