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Defining location in the context of the Internet of Things acquires more and more importance in all spheres of life. In comparison with outdoor geolocation, the working indoor navigation environment is more complicated and its technologies are more varied. At present the most common indoor positioning systems are Wi-Fi and Ultra WideBand technology. Both of them have their own specific features that have to be considered while selecting the optimal way for object monitoring. What are the differences between these two systems? Which of them is better for locating people and assets?
In present day realities the search for new ways of improving business processes is directly connected with geolocation and positioning technologies. One of such solutions is RFID, a system of radio frequency identification, which allows tracking objects or persons. It is based on using readers and special RFID tags (transponders) that are placed in the form of labels, stickers, markers on tracked objects. From time to time readers send signals and tags using radio frequency emission for sending responses with information for identification.
Many companies all over the world use container traffic for delivering their goods and cargo. The process of transportation by sea differs in its complexity and requires many stages. The navigation and indoor positioning system makes it possible to be sure that the necessary goods are on the right vessel. Thanks to this system, the container arrangement and other useful information, including the port of loading, dimensions, weight, destination, will be available to the employees of the logistics center at any suitable time.
Although Bluetooth location services have been successful, there is currently a demand for solutions that can provide more high productivity. For example, some real-time location services (RTLS) deployments require centimeter precision. Fortunately, a useful new feature has recently been added to the new Bluetooth standard to meet these requirements.
Many real time location systems (RTLS) require high accuracy of results, up to several centimeters. In such situations AoA based positioning, whose realization is possible thanks to the Bluetooth 5.1 technology, comes for help. The Angle of Arrival method provides for the use of not only the signal strength (RSSI) but also the angle of its arrival, which allows calculating the exact location of the object within the range of 0.1 - 1 m. AoA angle of arrival belongs to triangulation-based methods.
Due to the high cost of medical equipment, hospitals and medical institutions have to monitor carefully its location for preventing thefts and for ensuring permanent accessibility. The hospital asset tracking system allows monitoring equipment and materials in real time. It can provide proper care of patients and radically improve the quality of patient service.
Hello everyone! During the 30-minute webinar “Transforming Patient Experience with BLE Indoor Navigation”, we discussed the use of indoor navigation and positioning in hospitals with our technology and BLE equipment from Kontakt.io. The speakers were Kapil Asher, director at Healthcare IoT Solutions Kontakt.io, and Nick Rozaev, our sales manager.