A real-time location system (RTLS) detects the exact location of anything from a vehicle, to an item in a manufacturing plant, to a person. RTLS is used in logistics, health care, the military, retail, recreation, and courier services. Most RTLSs consist of wireless tags, badges or armbands that emit a radio signal. Some tags can also log temperatures through WI-FI or Bluetooth.
The range of RTLS applications is very diverse and benefits can include:
- Shortened search time for urgent equipment
- Prevention of theft
- Reduced patient wait times
- Alerting caregivers of patient activity/inactivity
- Improved response times to staff duress (or ‘man down’ scenarios, eg workers in freezer environments), ensuring that blood, tissue or medication are kept at safe temperatures, etc.
NetWireless is certified in, and has experience with the world leading Ekahau RTLS