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Real-Time Location System

Compute position and transform performance with RTLS.

The “GPS for indoors” as it is sometimes called, Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS) provide real-time intelligence for indoor positioning, movement monitoring, and navigation.

Knowing where resources (objects and people) are at any given time and tracking them down with ease is not just useful but important for many industries. With RTLS, they can achieve new levels of efficiency in their operations. We provide a customizable RTLS framework that can be adapted for varying requirements of accuracy and integration.

Automated Tracking

Automated Tracking

Let your resources update their positions in real time.

Alerts and Notifications

Alerts and Notifications

Constrain resource movement and set alerts to detect breach.

Historical Insights

Historical Insights

Gain historical perspective of resource movement.

Intuitive Visualization

Intuitive Visualization

Easily identify and locate your resources on the floor.

Anywhere Access

Anywhere, Anytime Access

Identify, track, and locate resources on the go.

RTLS-Based Solutions

We provide a wide range of solutions that harness the RTLS technology.

Location Tracking

Location Tracking

RTLS-based location tracking makes recovery of moving resources easy and efficient. The technology is chosen based on the precision desired.

  • Reduces wait times
  • Simplifies tracking
  • Ensures transparency
geofencing

Geofencing

With geofencing, users can trigger actions such as alerts, reminders, and notifications when an object or person enters or exits the virtual fence.

  • Prevents unauthorized use of assets
  • Protects vulnerable people
  • Enhances customer experience
Asset Tracking

Asset Tracking

No more error-prone manual asset tracking. An automated asset tracking system updates the inventory in real time as and when the asset moves.

  • Simplifies check-in and checkout
  • Reduces search times and errors
  • Facilitates auditing of assets
Indoor Navigation

Indoor Navigation

The RTLS-based wayfinding and routing solution helps users easily navigate large buildings such as hospitals, airports, malls, and museums.

  • Reduces stress, saves time
  • Improves customer experience
  • Supports ambient assisted living

How RTLS Works

Tags

Tags establish the identity of the resource and broadcast that identity to readers.

Readers

WiFi-enabled readers receive and transmit signals to the data processing engine in the Cloud.

Data Processing Engine

The signals from multiple sensors are processed to estimate the position of the tagged resource.

Middleware

The various business rules around the positioning of resources are configured in the middleware.

Application

Real-time data and historical records are presented intuitively on the dashboard.

Tags

Tags establish the identity of the resource and broadcast that identity to readers.

Readers

WiFi-enabled readers receive and transmit signals to the data processing engine in the Cloud.

Data Processing Engine

The signals from multiple sensors are processed to estimate the position of the tagged resource.

Middleware

The various business rules around the positioning of resources are configured in the middleware.

Application

Real-time data and historical records are presented intuitively on the dashboard.

Wireless Technologies: A Comparison

There are different wireless technologies that enable the communication between tags and readers. These technologies differ in their characteristics, performance, and usability in different contexts. Technology selection is therefore a critical aspect of RTLS solution development.

Passive RFID Active RFID BLE WiFi
Coverage Low Medium High High
Power Consumption Nil Medium Medium High
Tag Price Low Medium Medium High
Reader Price High Low Medium Medium
Security Low Medium High High
Advantages Low tag price. Batteries not required. Low reader price. High coverage. High coverage.
Disadvantages Limited coverage. 1-3 years battery life. 1-2 weeks battery life. Low accuracy, high power consumption.

Industrial Applications of RTLS

Healthcare Healthcare

Manufacturing Manufacturing

Retail Retail

  • Medical Equipment Tracking: Tracking medical equipment in real time speeds up response to emergencies and therefore improves quality of care. It also makes a rigorous inventory management possible, leading to improved device utilization.
  • Patient Protection: By enabling alerts that signal their correct location, elderly patients who wander off can be quickly tracked down by hospital staff. The same technology can be used to establish the identity of newborns and prevent mixups.
  • Locate Medical Staff: The location tracking system can be used to track down and summon medical staff on demand for emergency situations. Tags fitted with buzzers or LED can be used to communicate with the staff.

Healthcare

  • Medical Equipment Tracking: Tracking medical equipment in real time speeds up response to emergencies and therefore improves quality of care. It also makes a rigorous inventory management possible, leading to improved device utilization.
  • Patient Protection: By enabling alerts that signal their correct location, elderly patients who wander off can be quickly tracked down by hospital staff. The same technology can be used to establish the identity of newborns and prevent mixups.
  • Locate Medical Staff: The location tracking system can be used to track down and summon medical staff on demand for emergency situations. Tags fitted with buzzers or LED can be used to communicate with the staff.

Manufacturing

  • Process Tracking: Tracking the assembly line processes using RTLS paves way for a more efficient production environment. Production line KPIs can be monitored live and inefficiencies eliminated in real time.
  • Movement Tracking: By tracking equipment and the movement of workers around those equipment during production, optimal positioning of equipment can be evolved to bring about productivity improvements.
  • Employee Safety: RTLS-based safety measures can protect employees from occupational accidents. Tag-carrying employees can be alerted when they are in dangerous proximity to machines and reminded to maintain a safe distance.

Retail

  • Customer Analytics: RTLS solutions can reveal a lot about customers by analyzing their visits to the store and dwell times in different parts of the store without invading their privacy.
  • Store Layout Optimization: Stores can identify the successful displays, hotspots, and popular merchandise. By making improvements to the store layout, retail exposure and dwell times can be maximized.
  • Targeted Ads: The unrelenting competition in the retail sector necessitates aggressive marketing at times. Location-based ads and proximity campaigns enabled by RTLS can help deliver contextual content and drive in-store shopping behaviors.
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QBeacon, a QBurst product for micro-location-based targeting enhances the shopping experience and improves ROI for businesses. The solution includes beacon hardware, native mobile application, and a backend beacon management system. QBeacon in a Box (for a single location) comes with 30 days of free online support. Further extension and integration support can be availed under SLAs.

The QBurst Edge in RTLS

The RTLS landscape is populated by a variety of competing technologies, each of which has its own advantages and disadvantages. The appropriate technological solution depends on your industry’s specific needs. With our experience in RTLS technologies and other cutting-edge solutions and our extensive domain expertise, we can help you choose a solution that is right for you in terms of location precision and costs.

Our state-of-the-art integrated analytics and visualization platform supports the development of complex business applications that bring together RTLS with IoT, social media data (particularly in the retail segment), or any other data source you have. The pluggable system integrates with other software systems to provide a unified system for real-time tracking and decision-making.

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