Real-Time Locating Systems In Healthcare, RTLS Tag, RTLS Device, and Radio Frequency Communication Resources Real-Time Locating Systems In Healthcare, RTLS Tag, RTLS Device, and Radio Frequency Communication Resources


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Real-time locating systems (RTLS) utilize activated tags attached to objects or worn by people to track locations and automatically identify the assets or people in real time. RTLS systems use fixed points of reference in order to triangulate the exact location of specific tags. In a medical environment, RTLS tags can be used to track medical equipment, mobile carts, computers, doctors, nurses, and patients.

RTLS systems normally use radio frequency (RF) communications, but some solutions leverage infrared or ultrasound technology. RTLS primarily provides local positioning and very rarely uses GPS or any other outside tracking technology.

RTLS tags are typically used in closed environments. The location tracking of assets is done through range estimation where RTLS systems measure accuracy for a given distance (e.g. 95% accurate to 5 meters).


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