Kathrein’s real-time location system combines high localization accuracy in an industrial environment with unique technical features which allow a broad use of the system in different applications. It is possible to use this K-RTLS solution in complex environments for different applications. Some applications are, tracking and digitizing production and logistics processes, tracking progress in manufactyring and realizing transparent material flows. K-RTLS Among other things, impresses with its high localization accuracy. With K-RTLS, you can locate objects with an accuracy of up to ten centimetres.
RTLS from KATHREIN Solutions: No Need to search for Anything. Everything is Found!
This Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS) from KATHREIN Solutions GmbH provide high efficiency and easy installation. The use of RTLS is recommended in many industries. RTLS systems in general detect the location of people, machines, containers, materials and other objects in real time. By using RTLS systems you can optimize important processes, reduce your costs and increase security in such sectors as production and logistics.
Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS) adapt to every step of your business. They grow with you whenever your company grows. Thus, they increase the competitiveness of your company in the short, medium and long term and create the basis for an optimal positioning of your company in your market.
Possible applications for a real-time location system
- With the use of Real-Time Location Systems, you can monitor and optimize the material flow during production
- By using RTLS in hospitals you can determinate the location of mobile medical devices in real time and accelerate important procedures
- RTLS in depots and large warehouses can lead to quickly locate containers and vehicles.
- RTLS support mobile robots or autonomous vehicles to quickly locate materials or stored goods and thus become a basis for efficient automated processes
- A Real-Time Location System can also report when objects leave a predefined room, area or zone. This makes them an efficient anti-theft protection tool
Hardware and Software of the K-RTLS system
K-RTLS from KATHREIN Solutions consist of RTLS transponders and RTLS network nodes or simply nodes (hardware) and the CrossTalk IoT Suite (software). CrossTalk is one of the most advanced software solutions for the management of AutoID and IoT devices as well as for Track & Trace visualization (tracking of shipments and materials).
The K-RTLS Transponders
The RTLS-T-1000 transponder offers a localization accuracy of up to 25 cm. Two operating modes are available. The two-way-ranging mode (TWR) offers very high localization accuracy, while the time- difference-of-arrival (TDoA) mode features an impressively long battery life. The unique combination of UWB (Ultra Wide Band) with RAIN-RFID and NFC technology in a robust IP67 housing allows simple, seamless integration into an existing AutoID infrastructure. The RFID UHF tag is used for detection in the range up to 10 m, while the RFID-NFC tag can be used for near-field detection and smartphone communication simply to read data or overwrite existing values. A KRTLS node can also be used in a type of transponder mode. The node can then work as a transponder and its position reported to other nodes. This is used, for example, when an industrial truck has to be tracked continuously and its battery can be used as a power supply for the node.
The transponders of this new real-time location system can be mounted onto objects with an innovative adapter mounting system.
The K-RTLS Node Points for Easy Installation
The RTLS-N-1000 Nodes set a new IoT standard for location and tracking solutions. The nodes are installed as fixed anchors and serve as a reference and measurement point for the transponders involved. The Nodes process the data sent by the transponders and forward it. The power to the Nodes can be provided by means of a PoE solution, where a single cable transmits data and power. This saves cabling costs and allows users to position the nodes more independently in the area. The RTLS nodes have an optional 2.4 GHz radio network for data transfer and can be located up to 80 metres apart. All of the nodes involved in the process deliver their localization results to CrossTalk or an evaluation software package based on the Kathrein RTLS API. In two-way-ranging mode, the location is determined with high precision. In time-difference-of-arrival mode, the current position of the transponder is detected and this intermediate position is tracked continuously to create a movement profile. Transponder mode is another operating mode of the node. The node can then work as a transponder and reports its position to other nodes.
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