What is RTLS

A Real-time location system (RTLS) is used to automatically identify and track the location of objects or people in real-time.

There are two main forms of RTLS, Indoor and Outdoor RTLS, both having unique issues that have to be tackled in order to supply the best tracking possible.

Generally, in indoor RTLS wireless tags are placed onto the object or person being tracked. Fixed reference points (aka gateways) receive wireless signals from the tags to determine their location.

For example, a hospital wanting to track their medical equipment could put wireless tags on the equipment and place gateways throughout the hospital. Feeding a real-time location of the equipment to the people who need to know where it is, saving lost time finding the equipment.


By Andrew Kelly | Categories: Knowledge Base

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After completing a PHD in low power wide area networking Andrew found himself as interested in the literature as the technology itself. Andrew now writes engaging and informative prose at iottag sunny office in Melbourne, for offices across the globe.