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Where Can I Find an RTLS Solution to Track Forklifts in an Open Yard?

Posted By RFID Journal, 07.09.2019

What companies would you recommend? And how can I maximize location accuracy?

—Geoffrey

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Geoffrey,

There are a number of companies that offer real-time location systems that might work for your needs. These include:

Airfinder
AB&R
Convergence Systems Ltd.
Extronics
Litum
Zebra Technologies

In general, UWB systems will provide greater location accuracy.

—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

USER COMMENTS

Paul Drolshagen 2019-07-10 02:09:40 AM
IdentPro, a German company, offers a RTLS for lift trucks that uses 2D-LIDAR sensors mounted on the vehicles. The lift trucks determine their position by detecting the contour of the surrounding. The system works indoors and out with no break.
Kris Hughes 2019-07-10 02:10:38 PM
Geoffrey, There are a number of possible solutions that cover a range of accuracy, response time, human interaction and price. In your case, answering questions like the size of the yard and how often things move could drastically change the scope of an implementation. This could be a quick and simple implementation or a system that can be expanded to fit more complex business requirements. A good suggestion would be to talk with an integrator that can help guide you with the overall solution. InformaTrac offers free consultation for these types of projects and can help to answer all your questions and point you in the right direction. Kris Hughes InformaTrac, Inc (www.InformaTrac.com)
Liisa Walsh 2019-07-11 12:03:02 PM
Geoffrey, If you are looking for the best accuracy with the minimum of interference and maximum range then a UWB, Ultra-Wideband system is most appropriate. Deploying an RTLS solutions is an investment and therefore it is important to look at your current needs as well as investigating how you can expand the system in the future to cover more of your use cases. Today you need to track forklifts in an open yard, but the solution you choose should be able to expand into other use cases such as tracking within your facility for location of any asset including objects (such as goods/parts on pallets or bins) and people. A system that allows for physical tag tracking as well as virtual pinning with multiple technologies will offer the most cost effective solution. I agree that discussing your current and future needs with both integrators and system solution vendors is key and the place to start. Position Imaging is available to discuss your needs and see which approach may best serve your needs today and in the future. Liisa Walsh, Lead Product Manger Position Imaging, Inc. (www.position-imaging.com) RTLS – Computer Vision – Artificial Intelligence
Rajendra Bengani 2019-07-11 12:12:34 PM
We can offer a Active RF based solution. Need more information about size, number of objects to be tracked. Plz drop mail to rajendra@ecartes.in www.ecartes.in
Michael Wilamowski 2019-07-11 12:55:43 PM
Motorola MotoTrbo with GPS....best of both worlds. Voice and Positioning. Mike Wilamowski Comsource Inc.

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