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Real Time Location Monitoring - RTLS

Being able to reliably find workers and assets in real time enhances worker safety, increases productivity, and decreases wasted time for firms working in hazardous regions. Petran's Real Time Location System (RTLS) solution is custom adapted to your application, utilising the following fundamental building blocks:

Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS) or indoor positioning systems (IPS)

Location in Real Time Systems help firms to better understand and use their assets. They provide transparency in everyday operations and assist in the optimization process. A plethora of solutions and standards have emerged in tandem with the advancement of digital transformation. Despite their diverse methodologies, Bluetooth, UWB, LTE, and Zigbee all provide excellent service to companies. Getting the most out of a connected infrastructure starts with the standard you choose, and the technologies available are continually evolving. Bluetooth 5.1, which was just released, adds whole new capabilities to asset monitoring at a fraction of the expense of competing technologies. It benefits from a massive existing ecosystem of over 8.2 billion Bluetooth devices globally, making it the most extensively used short-range protocol.

What is Bluetooth Low Energy RTLS and how does it work?

The significance of every RTLS is determined by the data it sends or gathers. When an asset passes through a place, the most simple systems (such as those based on NFC or passive RFID) merely record it. Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) tags used in Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS) provide considerable opportunity for businesses to improve visibility of their assets, people, and resources.

The low cost of the technology makes it feasible for many of the indoor tracking and position systems

Beacons, or "tags" in their smaller variants employed in certain use cases, are tiny wireless devices powered by Bluetooth Low Energy. Consider them a super-miniature lighthouse, continually sending out a signal that other Bluetooth-enabled devices may "see." Beacon signals, on the other hand, are made up of a mixture of letters and numbers delivered at short, regular intervals, rather than a light that cautions ships to keep away from the rocky beach. This may sound difficult, but the beacon is just delivering a message—"I'm here!"—to any device that is ready to receive that signal.

Types of tracking tags

Active RFID Tags

To transmit signals, tiny battery-powered tags are used. In contrast to passive tags, they have a large read range and a power source for broadcasting. These can be several orders of magnitude more costly than their passive counterparts. Passive RFID tags are simple and inexpensive, and discarded with product packaging.

WiFi Tags 

Wifi tags can, in part, take advantage of existing WiFi ecosystems. As a result, they are particularly popular in industries such as health care. WiFi was built to be incredibly efficient, thus it consumes a lot of bandwidth. As a result, there is increased energy consumption and a higher associated cost.

BLE Tags 

Bluetooth Low Energy was released in 2010 with the goal of consuming less energy than existing standards. It enables gadgets that can run for several years on small coin cell batteries. Bluetooth-based beacons may be developed at a cheaper cost than competitors due to the simplicity of the technology.

Identify right technology for your Indoor Tracking 

Furthermore, a rising number of WiFi access point suppliers enable BLE. This implies that a BLE-based RTLS may be run on a WiFi network without the need for extra gateways, saving money on hardware, installation, and maintenance.

It is critical to comprehend the invisible benefit of adopting BLE as the foundation for proximity solutions. Much of it stems from the assurance that you're future-proofing your project with a technology that has become the industry standard while continuously evolving and introducing new features. Your BLE infrastructure may serve as the foundation for future upgrades and expansions that you haven't even considered yet, but will be prepared for when the time comes.

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Common use cases for RTLS

However, workers are not the only thing moving in a factory. More duties are being undertaken by machines as a result of increased automation. This transition has presented both opportunities and hazards. An efficient asset tracking system might assist machine operators in better navigating the plant by calculating the most critical activities and the quickest pathways.

Aside from having an unrivalled cost-to-performance ratio, arguably the most compelling reason for BLE-based RTLS is the potential to employ commonplace devices such as cellphones to identify position. This is a key advantage of Bluetooth-based RTLS in the application of personnel tracking. Due to the high cost of prior systems, they could not be used in many settings.

Healthcare 

RTLS can assist enhance overall quality of care while cutting costs by increasing the quantity of data recorded and enhancing communication. This assists hospitals in ensuring that the appropriate person and the right equipment are always in the right location at the right time. BLE-based RTLS is extremely straightforward to incorporate into other devices, lowering infra expenses.