9 March infsoft Locator Nodes: Modular All-Rounders for Indoor Positioning 2 MIN READ March 9, 2017 By Gina Wurms hardware, infographic, positioning technology |Locator Nodes|, |Indoor Tracking|, |Beacons|, |WiFi|, |RFID|, |UWB| 0 The applications in which indoor positioning is used are becoming more and more diverse. That’s why we at infsoft have developed our hardware with the aim of making our indoor solutions usable for a variety of application scenarios. Indoor tracking of persons and objects is becoming an increasingly important application of wireless sensor networks. Many of the positioning systems on the market are designed to solve a specific, narrowly defined tracking problem. However, the applications in which indoor positioning is used are becoming more and more diverse. That’s why we at infsoft have developed our hardware with the aim of making our indoor solutions usable for a variety of application scenarios. We have taken the modular approach of our infsoft Locator Nodes one step further. The sensors no longer only respond to the current consumer standards Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), but also allow the detection of Ultra-wideband, RFID, the connection of an external camera system and the use of GPS for self-positioning of the Locator Node. FLEXIBLE SENSORS OF INFSOFT LOCATOR NODES Thanks to their further development, infsoft Locator Nodes are even more versatile and can be used in various industries, including healthcare, industry, retail and transportation. Depending on customers' wishes, they can contain various components. The selection of sensors depends very much on the requirements of the respective application. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) are used most frequently. They enable detection and server based tracking of mobile devices, Wi-Fi-enabled devices and beacons attached to persons / objects with an accuracy of less than five meters. Tracking solutions in industrial environments often require higher precision. This can be implemented with infsoft Locator Nodes on the basis of Ultra-wideband (UWB). Using this location technology, the position of e.g. forklifts, trucks or goods can be determined with an accuracy of less than 30 centimeters and with low latencies. The use of RFID is suitable for a selective object identification. The RFID reader of the Locator Node is a cost-effective, easy-to-maintain tracking option, especially in the areas of production and logistics. Imaging systems such as dome cameras can also be connected to infsoft Locator Nodes, which can establish a connection from camera image and position data. In mobile application scenarios, the current location of the Locator Node can also be determined by using a GPS module. This enables fully flexible asset tracking – independent of a static spatial context. CONNECTION TO INFSOFT LOCAWARE PLATFORM® In order to provide the captured data for the infsoft LocAware platform®, the Locator Nodes require a power connection as well as a network connection via Wi-Fi, Ethernet or UMTS. In the platform, the geodata are linked and intelligently processed. The web-based tools enable you to, for example, define pathways, manage devices, beacons and Locator Nodes, analyze motion data and integrate location-based services. Find further information about the infsoft Locator Nodes here (including technical features as well as exciting use cases from different sectors) Find answers to the most important questions regarding indoor localization with UWB here: info portal ultrawideband.io Get the white paper for free Great introduction to the topic of indoor positioning Download Related Articles Indoor Positioning and Indoor Navigation Using Wi-Fi Positioning using GPS does not work reliably inside buildings as there is no visual contact with the GPS satellites. A good alternative is indoor positioning using Wi-Fi. An additional advantage compared to GPS is the possibility to determine the current floor level. Read More "Indoor GPS" - Techniques for Indoor Positioning Without Using GPS Techniques for indoor positioning without using GPS - learn more about Indoor GPS in our blog. Read More Indoor Navigation & Indoor Positioning Using Bluetooth Indoor navigation & indoor positioning using Bluetooth - learn more about the pros & cons. Read More Techniques for Client-Based Indoor Positioning – GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and VLC Compared Techniques for client-based indoor positioning – GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and VLC compared - check out our infographic. Read More 10 Years of infsoft – 10 Years of Indoor Navigation – 10 Technical Milestones 10 years of infsoft – 10 years of indoor navigation – 10 technical milestones. Read More Technologies for Server-Based Indoor Positioning Compared: Wi-Fi vs. BLE vs. UWB vs. RFID There is a variety of technologies on which server-based indoor positioning systems can be based – Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Low Energy (Beacons), UWB and RFID. Read More Comments are closed.