Understanding RTLS (Real Time Locating System) Solution for asset tracking

Many companies need real-time and accurate information on location, time, and status regarding daily activities mainly in the warehouse area, production line, and office buildings. Location data that are collected at that time can make it possible to determine the company’s business decisions straight away if needed, either by the management or the operator at the point of activity.

With the increasing number and flow speed of the main commodity or objects (such as goods, assets, and human resources), information continues to grow, along with data location and status changes of each transaction. For that, we need a system that can reduce or even eliminate additional human resources needed to record and read manually to process the information.

To meet these needs, a technology system that can follow every movement of the main object is required. The technology will have to provide real-time information regarding the main object’s location and conditions in the field. Technological developments found an answer to these needs, namely with Real-Time Locating System (RTLS) solutions. RTLS is an indoor or limited area positioning system and using to GPS networks or cell phone tracking. Location information usually does not include speed, direction, or spatial orientation.

RTLS (Real-Time Locating System) is an integrated system between tags with their own internal power source, which are installed on the main objects at the point of activity, and tag Readers, which function as a bridge of the RTLS reference point. This system is also equipped with Management and Control servers as a centralized data processing to analyze and process information from tags and readers.

In other words, RTLS provides companies with immediate information about where exactly something has happened. RTLS can provide management with an assets overview, assets’ location, or detect unauthorized access in a specific zone. Implementing an RTLS will increase accountability, traceability, and also visibility of all your personnel.

ACS Group has an alternative RLTS solution, namely Passive RFID Tags. RTLS with Passive RFID Implementation is a solution to detect goods or assets’ location without referring to the GPS network. Passive RFID systems use cheaper tags with no internal power source and instead are powered by the electromagnetic energy transmitted from an RFID reader. RLTS with Passive RFID allows us monitor and manage asset with stored locations and processing status in Real-Time with a relatively low investment.

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