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Globema introduced a RTLS solution to its portfolio

By February 20, 2009December 22nd, 2014Mobile, R & D

Globema introduced to its portfolio a RTLS solution (Real-Time Location System) for the precise location of objects in real time. The solution is designed by a British company Ubisense.

The system can locate objects to within 15 cm for both indoors or in open spaces. This accuracy allows the use of RTLS technology in many fields, including logistics and storage, automotive manufacturing, oil industry, hazardous environments, transportation, livestock management, and many others. With its functionality Ubisense product supports the action of various processes leading to the optimization of their progress, improve efficiency and reduce costs and time needed to achieve the intended business purpose. With regard to production processes, the system is able to reduce the effects of errors caused by mistakes of personnel, optimize use of tools and shorten the time needed to perform tasks.

Among the ca. 400 customers benefiting from the Ubisense RTLS are BMW, Honda, DHL, BP, Metro Transit, Airbus, Boeing, U.S. Army, and others. The Ubisense system is characterized by high efficiency and versatility of applications. The system is enabling rapid return on investment, often in less than 12 months, because the data generated provides a level of transparency in complex processes which cannot be achieved intuitively or visually.

This solution is based on the technology of ultra wideband (UWB) radio wave. The system consists of three components:

  • active (battery powered) tags which transmit UWB pulses used to determine their location;
  • sensors mounted on fixed infrastructure which receive and evaluate the signals from the tags;
  • a software platform to aggregate the positional data generated, presenting, analyzing and communicating information to users and relevant information systems.

When setting up the system, one 3D co-ordinate reference grid is specified for the whole multi-cell configuration. The visualization module displays the tags in real-time as they move around the reference grid, irrespective of which cell currently contains them. Registration and presentation of objects in space with an accuracy of 15 cm is possible due to the fact that UWB technology is free from errors related to the reflections of radio waves that occur in systems based on RFID or WiFi technology.

We are seeing continued development of the market and the growing importance of location systems and automatic identification, which allows us to believe in the success of new Globema’s product, and augurs good perspectives for sales of RTLS solutions on Polish, Romania, the Czech Republic and Slovakia markets.