The Real-Time Location Tracking System (RTLS) has been gaining prominence in recent times, particularly in hospitals for contact tracing during the pandemic. In this paper, we explore how you can leverage it to optimize your operations, why it can be controversial, and how you can maximize its utility while safeguarding against any potential ramifications.

What is RTLS and is it similar to GPS?

RTLS is generally used in indoor or confined areas, such as a perimeter facility, and does not offer global coverage like GPS. Unlike a GPS, RTLS tags are attached to mobile items that are to be tracked and transmitters and receivers are placed throughout the area of interest to provide the desired coverage. The more the transmitters and receivers, the better the coverage.

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