RTLS – Real Time Location Systems
Automatically track key assets with RTLS technology

RTLS Enables Automated Tracking of Key Assets

Real-time location systems (RTLS) are a type of technology that allows for the real-time tracking and monitoring of assets or personnel within a defined area. RTLS uses a combination of technologies such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and Ultra-Wideband (UWB) to provide location tracking capabilities. RTLS consists of several components, including tags, readers, and software. The tags, which can be attached to personnel or assets, emit a signal that is picked up by readers placed throughout the area being monitored. The readers then transmit this information to the software, which processes the data and provides location information in real-time.

One of the main advantages of RTLS is its ability to provide accurate location data, even in complex environments such as multi-story buildings or areas with high levels of interference. This makes it ideal for applications such as inventory management, supply chain logistics, and security monitoring. Sometimes conflated with RFID, RTLS is distinctly different in target applications and technologies employed,

However, implementing an RTLS system can be complex and requires careful planning and expertise. Additionally, the accuracy of RTLS can be affected by obstructions such as walls and buildings, so testing is essential. Despite these challenges, RTLS technology continues to evolve, and its applications are expected to expand in the coming years.

Benefits of RTLS

Real-time location systems (RTLS) can provide a variety of tangible benefits to companies across various industries. Some of these benefits include:

  • Increased efficiency: RTLS can help companies optimize workflows and reduce inefficiencies by providing real-time data on the location of assets, personnel, and equipment. This information can be used to improve processes, reduce wait times, and streamline operations.
  • Improved asset management: RTLS can help companies keep track of their assets in real-time, reducing the risk of loss or theft. This can lead to cost savings and improved asset utilization.
  • Enhanced safety: RTLS can be used to monitor the location and movement of personnel in hazardous environments, such as construction sites or oil refineries. This can improve safety and reduce the risk of accidents or injuries.
  • Better customer service: RTLS can provide companies with real-time data on the location of goods, enabling them to provide customers with accurate delivery times and improve their overall customer service.
  • Reduced costs: By optimizing workflows and improving asset utilization, companies can reduce costs associated with lost or stolen assets, inefficient processes, and unnecessary labor.

Components of an RTLS System

There are 3 primary components in an RTLS system:

RTLS tags
RTLS tag or transponder
RTLS tags are attached to the asset and broadcast a signal to the tag readers, allowing the asset to be precisely located.
RTLS anchor
RTLS tag readers / antennas
Tag readers receive signals from asset tags, and report to the software system.
RTLS software
RTLS software
RTLS software interprets data received from tag readers, and integrates with your back-end software sytems providing actionable data.

Considerations for your RTLS Project

It’s important to answer several critical questions early in your RTLS project. Your CSSI rep will help you work through this list.

  • Why RTLS? It’s important to correctly match the technology to your requirements. Let’s determine early in the process if RTLS is indeed the right fit.
  • Business problem: What is the business problem you seek to solve? What is the current state? What is the desired future state?
  • Desired payback: What is the desired payback period for your investment? It will be important to understand this in order to size the project correctly.
  • Assets to be tracked: What are the assets to be tracked, and do they present challenges for attaching tags, and will they block or impede signals?
  • Define the environment: What is the size of the environment in which assets will be tracked, and are there impediments to signal transmission.

Why Choose CSSI for Your RTLS Project?

The CSSI Technologies team are experts in warehouse & manufacturing technology. With years of experience in AIDC (automatic identification and data capture), we’ve ‘been there and done that’. Allow our team to bring our experience to your project. We’ll consult closely with you to understand your asset tracking requirements, and to design the optimal RTLS solution.

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