Advantages of Active RFID
GuardRFID provides RTLS solutions using active RFID technology because it is one of the most stable methods of providing real-time location information.
GuardRFID offers active RFID using 433 MHz radio frequency. 433MHz is an unlicensed wireless
radio frequency band that companies use specifically for RTLS.
An advantage of operating at 433MHz compared to 2.4GHz is the range and performance in the presence of absorbing material such as walls, metal objects and human bodies. 433MHz
tags work better in situations where tags are attached directly to people.
“Technologies such as Wi-Fi are used for proximity tracking where the use case does not require granularity. Frequencies such as 13.56 MHz, passive UHF, BLE or UWB are often used for zonal tracking when they are integrated into ID tags, wristbands
or security badges that detect where employees are at a specific time and date. Other frequencies such as 433 MHz will go through the human body and are best when maintaining contact is imperative.”
– From: Critical Capabilities for Indoor Location Services, Global; Tim Zimmerman, Annette Zimmermann, Gartner, January 2020
For related information, check out our whitepaper on the differences between 433MHz and Wi-Fi based systems.
RTLS Solution Architecture
GuardRFID hardware infrastructure deployed at the customer site
An enterprise grade server software deployed on-premises or in the cloud
Active RFID tags carried or attached to the staff or patients being protected
Integration to third-party systems for data exchange, alarm generation and other purposes
Mobile and desktop clients for users to monitor and control the solution
Rich set of reports that can be used for a variety of diagnostic and regulatory purposes
How GuardRFID RTLS Works
Triangulation using 433MHz active RFID technology
– Tag readers are installed at regular intervals to work together and provide the location of tags based on relative beacon strength.
Exciters for room level, floor level, and fast response situations
Tag Exciters are installed at entry and exits to rooms, buildings and important locations to ensure tags are identified on approach through the exciter field.
Controllers for access control and alarms
Tag Reader Controllers are connected to door and elevator controls to help provide access control and generate activate alarm response like alarm lights and sounders.
Different clients for different needs
The GuardRFID RTLS solution includes the use of the AllGuard software. Users can access the software from a desktop computer, web browser or mobile device for added flexibility.
Variety of tags
GuardRFID provides tags of different sizes, weights, and applications to meet your requirements. You can choose tags with special features like tamper detection, call alerts, motion detection and more.