Indoor Positioning & Tracking in Industrial Areas
A Real-Time Locating System (RTLS) provides location-relevant data for operators, making the logistics process faster and smoother. An RTLS can not only help with productivity enhancement, but also with real-time decision support and the identification of hidden costs.
Indoor positioning in industry and logistics enables the tracking of goods and employees in real time, location- and time-related analyses and indoor navigation. Among the most important benefits of such applications are reduced search times, process optimization, increased efficiency and greater safety for employees.
Asset Tracking in Industry and Logistics
- Seamless tracking of goods, pallets and vehicles in real time
- Monitoring of environmental conditions (e.g. temperature)
Process Automation and Optimization
- Analysis of motion profiles
- Automation through geofencing
- Geo-based assignment of tasks
A client-based solution, such as indoor navigation, is mostly realized with BLE Beacons which are attached to walls or ceilings. Easy installation and a long battery life are major advantages of this technology. With a smartphone app, employees can easily navigate to their desired destination and view their current position on a digital map.
For a server-based application, such as a tracking solution, several tracking technologies are available for industrial environments. Factors that determine which technology is best suited in a particular application are the number of assets to be tracked, precision requirements and how fast the assets move. Bluetooth Low Energy in combination with infsoft Locator Beacons and Ultra-wideband (UWB) are technologies that are most frequently used in industrial environments. In order to provide seamless tracking across all areas, road stud beacons can be used in outdoor areas. The beacons can be fixed to the ground at regular intervals and work in the same way as infsoft Locator Beacons.