RTLS Technology

 

Real-Time Visibility of Your Staff, Patients, and Assets

Integrate the most robust, accurate, multi-purpose healthcare RTLS (Real-Time Location System) platform into your processes and protect the resources most critical to you.


Organizations are faced with an ongoing need to track and protect their assets and equipment, personnel, visitors and patients in some of the most challenging environments. It might be an indoor setting or outdoor remote site, it could be a hazardous environment or one where a large number of people come and go at all times of the day.

Regardless of the situation or scenario, organizations must find a solution that gives them instant and constant visibility of their assets and people, helping them achieve greater security, compliance and efficiencies, without trading in cost and care.

When assessing the tools and systems that might work for your industrial, commercial or healthcare organization, consider integrating a reliable, effective Real-Time Location System (RTLS), complete with RFID tag and RFID reader solution, into your business processes and organizational workflow.

What exactly is RTLS?

A Real-Time Location System (RTLS) is a precise positioning system that can be used to track, protect, secure and manage a wide variety of objects (assets, equipment and people) in real-time within a broad range of industrial, healthcare and commercial environments. Using constant communication between the system and the item being tracked, the enterprise is provided with immediate data on precisely where the item is, or has been.

RTLS solutions will often be developed to include single, dedicated Active Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) infrastructure that can expand and support a wide variety of applications – including real-time location and tracking, security, access control and flow control – and withstand a range of environments and environmental conditions.

The solution includes various RFID tags and badges that store a unique identity and can be worn by, or attached to, patients, employees, carers, visitors, materials and equipment. In addition, the solution includes technology platforms (WiFi , Infrared, etc.), hardware infrastructure (RFID readers, exciters) and other system components (servers, software). A Real-Time Location System can also be integrated into a wider business solution that could consist of site management or production planning

RTLS solutions are often associated with asset tracking systems but they actually have far greater capabilities. Whereas an asset tracking system can track an object based on its last location (when it was last read), an RTLS system is continuously and automatically in contact with the tag and knows precisely where the tagged object is at all times, not just when it passes through a designated exit or specific area of the organization.

The Benefits of RTLS Technology

Real-time visibility of your assets

When it comes to Real-Time Location System technology, the ability to gain real-time visibility of your assets and your equipment is key.

Being able to find medical equipment in a much faster time can produce instant cost-savings for your organization, whether commercial, industrial or healthcare-related. Hospital asset tracking can locate and manage precious hospital equipment, while ensuring that you’ll gain greater costs efficiencies from not having to purchase additional unnecessary equipment to cover those times when equipment cannot be found.

Whether it’s a remote construction site, an oil and gas field, assembly line or storage facilities, real-time location systems give you the ability to protect your equipment from unauthorizedremoval from the premises or individual department, meaning that you can always track what comes in and what goes out at all times. What’s more, if your organization includes multiple assembly lines, then you can track the flow of items on those lines, reducing temporarily misplaced items or shortages of parts, which can cause delays, productivity losses and money down the drain.

Protection of your people

An effective RTLS solution is ideal for protecting one of your most critical assets – your people. Backed by RFID tracking, RTLS technology allows you to locate, monitor and ensure the safety of your people with pinpoint accuracy and regardless of range.

In an industrial or commercial environment, you need a personnel safety solution for all staff, especially for lone workers on hazardous sites. An RTLS solution can give you enterprise-wide visibility from any monitoring point and a real-time view of your tagged people throughout your facilities, with pinpoint accuracy and extreme reliability. Wearing active RFID badge-style tags, employees can call for help if, and when, a crisis or emergency situation arises, plus receive communication that help is on the way. RFID tracking systems can also deliver hands-free accounting of your personnel at all times, giving you critical real-time site demographic data when needed for mustering purposes.

In a healthcare setting, an RTLS technology solution can tell you patient locations in real-time, it can monitor the interactions between patients and caregivers, and it can let you know when a patient is discharged. An RTLS solution can provide alarms for when staff need assistance, particular in the case of violent incidents, and also for patients prone to wandering or elopement by triggering alarms at key doors and exits. By wearing active RFID tags, including those with discrete push buttons, unparalleled protection can be given to staff and patients at all times.

An ultimate solution for efficiency gains

RTLS solutions can provide greater efficiencies when it comes to knowing where your assets are and what your people are doing. Workflows can be tracked and automated, leading to improved processes and increased costs savings.

In a healthcare setting, assets can be accurately pinpointed and hospital workflow can be improved thanks to less interruptions on staff time and resources. For example, when a patient is discharged, staff can be notified that the person’s room now needs cleaning. At Stamford Hospital in the U.S., administrators saved more than $627,000 during a recent seven-month trial period of an RTLS solution, with the savings achieved from patient bed days gained through improved efficiencies.

In an industrial or commercial setting, real-time location systems will not only help you prevent theft and unauthorized movement of your valuable assets, but they can also help you track tens of thousands of assembly line items. Efficiencies can be gained by avoiding misplaced items, parts shortages, lost productivity and delivery delays, achieving operational excellence and saving your organization thousands of dollars.

What are GuardRFID’s RTLS Solutions?

GuardRFID offers highly-reliable and robust RTLS solutions. Our RTLS Platform is a multi-purpose, reliable, high performance enterprise platform that supports an infinite number of staff, patient, visitor and equipment-related applications, and offers the widest selection of tags to choose from. Offering security, safety and functionality in one complete system, it includes both long-range location and instant choke-point detection as a result of its dual frequency implementation.

The platform can be configured to be a standalone system or it can be a sub-net within the facility’s primary local network, making installation simple and cost-effective. Thanks to the IP-based nature of the system, options exist for remote monitoring, diagnostics and software updates, which makes maintenance and management of the system easy and efficient.

Because the network is fully IP-based and built upon standard hardware and software, it can be implemented using either wired Ethernet (with or without Power over Ethernet (PoE)) or using Wi-Fi connectivity.

GuardRFID offers a range of industry-specific and market-leading RTLS Solutions that include:

Healthcare RTLS

GuardRFID’s Healthcare RTLS Solutions offer RTLS capability, portal detection, hospital asset tracking and RFID patient tracking. The sector-specific solutions include:

  • Infant Security– an accurate, expandable real-time infant and paediatric security system, with the widest selection of tags to fit all of your facility needs.
  • Staff Duress– an advanced real-time duress call system available to healthcare workers and designed to give you and your staff assurance that they can communicate and call for help at a time of crisis, eliminating critical delays when that help is needed.
  • Asset Tracking– an advanced RTLS and Security system for real-time asset tracking, location and loss prevention for hospitals.
  • Wandering Patient– anindustry-leading real-time wandering patient safety system for the visibility and security of your patients, with the smallest, toughest, longest-lasting active RFID tags in the industry.

Industrial RTLS

GuardRFID’s Industrial RTLS Solutions offer the highest levels of security, compliance and efficiencies thanks to our robust, multi-purpose RTLS platform and includes:

  • Asset Tracking– real-time tracking of your critical equipment and materials, regardless of industrial environment, equipment size or total tag volume.
  • Employee Mustering– the most advanced automatic hands-free evacuation monitoring and personnel accountability and mustering system.
  • Lone Worker Safety– a highly-reliable personnel safety solution for all staff or lone workers with multiple advanced location techniques, two-way notification, man-down/no-motion, and certified for hazardous environments.
  • Yard Management– the most adaptable real-time yard management solution for inventory and equipment tracking, and specifically designed for harsh and hazardous environments.

Commercial RTLS

For maximum visibility when it comes to your assets, employees and visitors, GuardRFID’s Commercial RTLS Solutions include

  • Asset Tracking– a market-leadingRTLS Security system tracking, locating and securing your commercial assets in real-time.
  • Employee Mustering–an advanced evacuation monitoring and personnel accountability system, with real-time personnel demographics visibility during mustering events for corporate and campus environments.
  • Staff Duress– an advanced duress call system for real-time visibility when it comes to your staff within the facility.

Whatever the organizational need, GuardRFID’s RTLS Solutions integrates with more healthcare systems and applications than any other RTLS offering on the market, thanks to its unparalleled standards compliance and certification.

With the widest selection of active RFID tags to choose from, our RTLS Solutions give you real-time location and portal detection in a single feature-rich IoT system. So, what are you waiting for?

RTLS Solutions – innovative Real-Time Location Systems that provide immediate tracking, protection and management of your people and assets

Solutions For Top Industries

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Commercial

The most accurate, expandable real-time infant & pediatric security system, with the widest selection of tags to fit all of your facility needs.

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Healthcare

The fastest responding real-time staff safety system on the market.

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Industrial

The most advanced real-time asset tracking solution, offering the smallest, toughest, and longest-lasting tags in the industry.

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