Tracking system considerations

Tracking can be used in Wi-Fi networks to track locations of people, assets, vehicles in a manufacturing plant, etc.

RTLS (Real-Time Location Services) can be used in all industries for a number of use cases:

  • Fleet tracking: Fleet-tracking RTLS systems make it possible for an enterprise to track vehicle location and speed, optimize routes, schedule jobs, aid navigation and analyze driver efficiency.
  • Navigation: The most basic navigation services provide directions for how to get from Point A to Point B. Incorporating GPS, mapping and mobile cellular technology will enable more complex navigation services.
  • Inventory and asset tracking: RFID technologies are widely used for asset and inventory tracking. RFID tags communicate wirelessly with RFID readers throughout the enterprise.
  • Personnel tracking: Different technologies are used for on-site personnel and workers in the field. Systems that track field workers are typically GPS-enabled mobile phones. On-site personnel tracking systems often use RFID technology, such as RFID-enabled badges.
  • Network security: Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) can limit the physical area from which a user can connect to restrict access based on the user’s location.

Source: http://searchmobilecomputing.techtarget.com/definition/real-time-location-system-RTLS

In site surveying, vendor design documentation should be consulted on number of AP’s / hardware required for location tracking.

 

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