Real-Time Location System (RTLS) refers to tracking systems that can automatically identify and track people and objects in real time. It refers instead to the use of systems that are able to track the geolocation of a target. The target itself be a large object, a vehicles, or even a person. The target uses tags that emit signals, which are received by readers. RTLS can help industries with a wide variety of tasks, some of them being employee and visitor tracking and high-value asset tracking.
Ultra-Wideband (UWB) as RLTS
RTLS technology commonly uses radio frequency as its base. Currently real-time location systems are based on wireless technologies, example such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ultra-Wideband, RFID, and GPS.
One of the example of RLTS would be Ultra-Wideband used in a Visitor Management System. Using low power radio protocol, UWB can pinpoint exact location using a transmitter and receiver. Amongst all wireless technologies, Ultra-Wideband has the highest precision and accuracy when it comes to determining location. The reason behind that is because Ultra-Wideband operates on a high frequency. This allows it to accurately capture data and unlikely to experience signal interference. Other benefits of UWB include fast response time and security.
Usage and Implementation
RTLS’s basic functions are locating and managing assets. Other RTLS applications include:
- Fleet tracking: Fleet-tracking RTLS systems make it possible for an enterprise to track vehicle location and speed, optimise routes, schedule jobs, aid navigation and analyse driver efficiency.
- Navigation: The most basic navigation services provide directions for how to get from Point A to Point B. Incorporating GPS, mapping and mobile cellular technology will enable more complex navigation services.
- Inventory and asset tracking: Using UWB, tag assets and equipment for precise location tracking. This means less equipment getting lost or under-utilised! It also assists in easy reporting of company asset numbers, and maintenance schedules.
- Personnel tracking: Management can keep track of workers’ locations both indoors and outdoors. This is crucial on sites with health hazards, such as construction sites or recycling plants. And to regulate access to restricted or unsafe areas.