Indoor And Outdoor Positioning

Real-Time Location System (RTLS)

The Real Time Location Service solution protects people by providing real-time information about their location. It works immediately when in need and gives rescuers a tool for quick response. Users benefis from a unique platform combining indoor and outdoor positioning.  The solutions handles emergency alarm automatically. The Real Time Location System (RTLS) integrates several technologies in one solution:

  • Bluetooth for indoor positioning.

  • GPS positioning when outside.

  • Support for smartphones, DMR and TETRA radios as well as GSM panic alarm devices.

  • Integrated with the ZONITH Bluetooth ID Badge and ZONITH Panic Button.

  • Escalate unacknowledged alarms.

Indoor Positioning

Locate employees using any constantly discoverable Bluetooth device, including DMR & TETRA radios, SmartPhones and the ZONITH Bluetooth ID Badge. ZONITH’S RTLS provides real-time location data using strategically placed ZONITH Bluetooth Receivers connected to the Wi-Fi dongle/buildings LAN. The system constantly monitors the Receivers for disconnection. Also, they have a range of 5 to 20 metres (depends on the room construction). The more Beacons/Receivers the network contains, the more precise the location data is.

Customers do not have to use a specific brand of handheld device. They can switch or add Bluetooth devices anytime.

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Comprehensive Positioning

User can install the receivers throughout the building for full coverage, giving high positioning accuracy.

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Entrance & Exit Monitoring

User can configure the Receivers to monitor all entrance & exit points.

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Large Area or Floors

When an employee enters or exits a designated zone, RTLS can tell which floor or area an employee is, with very few Bluetooth Receivers.

Locate & Track

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Outdoor Positioning

ZONITH’s Real Time Location Service locates and tracks employees outdoors via their GPS-enabled device, regularly transmitting its current GPS position to the RTLS server. User can configure the system to monitor necessary indoors and outdoors areas. Also the user can use customizable GPS geofences, displaying the users current location within that geo-fence.

Furthermore, should an address be required the Real Time Location Service can provide this as well using online maps.

For organizations having no access to the Online maps, ZONITH can provide off-line maps.

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Combined Positioning

By combining indoor and outdoor positioning, staff are safeguarded regardless of their location.

Single User Interface

By combining Bluetooth and GPS technology, staff can be located from any position in or around a facility. After the user leaves the Bluetooth area and goes outdoors, staff handsets will seamlessly switch to GPS.

Indoor & Outdoor Geofences

The Real Time Location Service can utilize geo-fences, which are freely defined virtual boundaries, to determine location. A geo-fence can have logical names such as ‘Parking Lot’ or ‘Front Entrance’. This, in it’s turn, allows staff to instantly know where an incident has occurred.

Why are geo-fences important?

During an emergency, the response team is notified of the employee’s last location – ‘John has raised a Panic Alarm at North Gate Area’ – saving valuable time. Geo-fences can also be used to raise alarms if someone enters a specific location like an explosive area, or if a vehicle deviates from a planned route.

Enhance Worker Safety with RTLS in combination with:

Alarm Control System

When paired with ZONITH’s Alarm Control System (ACS), RTLS can automatically trigger an alarm if an employee enters/exits a predetermined zone. ACS directs the alarm to the appropriate person based on their location, schedule & competency.

Lone-Worker protection

Lone Worker protection (L-W) periodically pings workers to verify their well-being. Should a worker fail to respond to an ‘Alive Check’ message, an alarm arises notifying the response team. L-W can also activate when a worker crosses geo-fence line. For example, if a staff member enters an unsafe area like a boiler room, the geofence will automatically enable L-W mode. When they return to the safe area like the break room, the system disables L-W.

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Single User Interface

There is a seamless transition between GPS and Bluetooth technology when moving in and out of buildings.

Quickly Identify Staff

Each tracked device is identified by the user’s device ID or name and shows up on the custom floor plan (indoors) and maps (outdoors).

Easily Identified Location Icons

A user or alarm manager can add personal icon which will represent each tracked device type, like guards, service staff or vehicles, on the map display.  Hence, the colour of the icon is dynamically updated to show the status of the device.

Zoom & Track

User can locate each tracked device easily just by clicking on the device name in the overview list. RTLS will zoom into the exact location of the device or person. If the device is in alarm state it automatically moves to the top of the overview list and is highlighted in red.

Show only when in alarm state

User can configure RTLS to show the position of staff only when they have pressed the panic button or when the lone-worker alarm is active. All other tracking will not be shown.

Historical position logging and playback

System can store all RTLS tracking activity, inside and outside. The user interface provides a tool for a historical positioning data playback.

Web-browser Access

User can access the RTLS user interface through a web browser, from any computer or mobile phone. Access is only available to the authorized personnel and has password protection. This solution does not require an installation of the cookies or apps. It is based on the latest browser technology, that enables immediate location updates.

Utilise Existing Communication Infrastructure

Most facilities have existing LAN infrastructure that ZONITH can use for connection of the Bluetooth Receivers and transmission of indoor positioning data. If there is no LAN infrastructure, the USB Wi-Fi dongle can provide internet connection to the Bluetooth Receiver.