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Location Monitoring

Location monitoring solutions illuminate enterprise visibility and activities throughout the supply chain.

Location Monitoring & Tracking Systems

There are no “one size fits all” location monitoring solutions since tracking needs vary widely between industries, companies, and facilities. Therefore, location tracking strategies will vary in terms of the following dimensions, depending on what businesses find most valuable:warehouse inventory location monitoring

  • Range: What is the range of items you are tracking – are they global, in a facility, or in a room?
  • Accuracy: How precise do you want your data to be, regarding elements of time, speed, and signal?
  • Precision: How precisely do you need to locate an item: for example, 7m vs 25cm?
  • Data Frequency: How often do you need a location update? (every second, every 5 minutes, or every time someone checks).
  • Infrastructure: Existing (Wi-Fi), external (cellular/satellite), simple vs. complex.
  • Deployment: Would you prefer traditional cabling, receivers, and antennas, or tags and an application?
  • Battery life: Do you want to recharge daily, replace batteries annually, or replace tags every 5-10 years?
  • Interoperability: Exchange between tags, reader/receiver, and location engine.
  • Cost: Cost of tags, infrastructure, deployment, and maintenance.

Applications for Location Monitoring

While RFID may be good for asset tracking and monitoring work-in-process, RTLS achieves greater visibility of assets across multiple networks and throughout entire enterprises. Consequently, applications for location technology are usually larger in scale and monitor a large volume of moving parts including:

Types of Location Technology rtls location tracking hardware

Location hardware consists of tags and readers used to track and locate assets in real-time. However, there are different types of hardware and tags that all vary in terms of their range, battery life, and cost. Two big things to consider when planning a location monitoring solution are how precise you want the location to be and how frequently you want new data. The umbrella of location technology contains several different types of hardware:

  • Ultra-Wideband Technology (UWB)
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Wi-Fi
  • RFID
  • Global Positioning System (GPS)

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Types of RTLS Technology

There are different types of RTLS hardware and tags that all vary in terms of their range, battery life, and cost. Advanced RTLS tracking can utilize active RFID, Ultrawideband (UWB), Bluetooth, Wireless, or GPS technology. 

  • Ultra-Wideband Technology (UWB)

    Due to their high number of transmissions, UWB tags are able to pinpoint exact locations and real-time data over short to medium distances. As a result, they are commonly used for indoor tracking of people or equipment.

  • Bluetooth

    Bluetooth beacons and tags are a popular yet affordable option. Bluetooth beacons interact with enabled devices to transmit location data. Bluetooth applications include driving customer engagement with retail loyalty incentives or using it as a seamless way to gather location data from existing Bluetooth devices within your enterprise.

  • RFID

    Passive and active RFID are popular options for supply chains looking to improve accuracy and automation over inventory and asset tracking. Tags store data about an item and emit signals that are then picked up by readers to gather location data.

  • GPS

    GPS tags work in conjunction with multiple satellites to determine location and timing. GPS solutions are common for outdoor applications and extremely long ranges.

  • Wi-Fi

    Similar to Bluetooth, Wi-Fi can be used to locate and track devices when they come into range of the network. However, accuracy can often be low and systems require additional equipment to be effective.

Explore Real Time Locationing with Ultra-Wideband

Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS) allow you to track assets and equipment in real-time. Our team of solutions specialists can help you select the right tags, anchors, readers, and software to monitor and track your essential items in your facility using ultra-wideband (UWB) technology.

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A Complete Solution From Design To Support

Every facility and business process has its own unique challenges. That is why RMS Omega takes a hands-on approach in managing RFID and RTLS implementations. Our process starts with understanding your unique challenges, needs, and goals – helping us create a solution that delivers positive outcomes for your business. Ultimately, we want to ensure that you receive a technology solution that exceeds your expectations and delivers a positive ROI. Our six-step process ensures just that.

Discovery & Design

Our trained systems & sales engineers will evaluate your work environment to determine the best plan of action for strategic technology implementation to solve challenges and achieve both short and long-term goals.

Project Management

RMS Omega has an internal team of solutions experts to oversee the successful design and implementation of complex and technical projects. We will monitor the project from the start and make sure everything is completed within an established timeline.

Statement of Work

The statement of work is a document that will map out our plan for implementation. This includes both hardware and software along with a description of processes after the system is complete. You will also receive a timeline for each phase of the project.


During deployment, we collaborate with your team to bring the proposed plan to fruition. Deploying each strategy often includes network design and implementation, staging and configuration of hardware, data integration, and staff training. Each of these necessary steps will ensure your team can hit the ground running once your system is live.

Analysis & Optimization

In an Analysis and Optimization, or A&O, we want to ensure your system is functioning the way it was intended. This is a process designed to optimize and enhance the performance of wireless coverage or system functionality throughout your facility and processes. An A&O is performed to identify and correct poor signals or reads along with incorrectly installed or underperforming hardware.

On-going Support

We are here to be an extension of your team, one point of contact for all of your data collection and RFID technology solution needs. To assist your organization in reaching new levels of productivity, you need a true partner, not just a vendor. That’s why we believe our support services are essential.

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