Real-Time Locating System

Real-time locating systems (RTLS) are used to automatically identify and track the location of objects or people in real time, usually within a building. RTLS or indoor positioning systems (IPS) can be simply described as GPS on steroids but used indoors for the purpose of tracking, locating and monitoring the activity of people and things. With RTLS technology, location data is received from devices (location transmitters) attached to ceilings or walls and transmitted via Wi-Fi through active asset tags for equipment and wearables for people (tags, badges). The location data is then accessed in a variety of ways including via cloud-based application program interfaces (API), mobile apps, integrated CRM software, etc. Locating technologies include ultrasound, radio frequency (RF), infrared (IR), Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth low energy (BLE).