As a leading global supplier of real-time wireless location systems, Siemens offers a uniquely integrated and scalable portfolio with SIMATIC RTLS. SIMATIC RTLS is the locating system for flexible and cost-effective locating solutions.
Using SIMATIC RTLS, material flows can be navigated, mobile robots controlled, the use of components monitored and the assembly of the end product documented in full. This makes SIMATIC RTLS an essential component of the digital infrastructure of the factory of tomorrow.
SIMATIC RTLS allows the realization of locating tasks that demand a high level of precision over large areas, both indoors and outdoors. The system is suitable for locating and detecting large populations of relevant objects. Each object receives a unique ID by means of a transponder, which is attached to manufactured items, containers, transport units or people. It is also possible to display freely definable information on the transponder.
Various active transponders are available for industrial applications. They are designed to have a long service life and are operated via exchangeable batteries, rechargeable batteries or an external power supply.
SIMATIC RTLS locating platform complete solutions comprise three elements:
- Active transponders which are attached to the objects to be located
- Locating infrastructure consisting of gateways which record transponder signals and forward them to the locating server
- The SIMATIC Locating Manager locating server, which calculates the real-time positions of the individual transponders and forwards them to higher-level systems
This kind of system solution can be scaled in size at any time. Easy-to-install devices in combination with a license-based locating server enable the expansion of existing locating infrastructure with additional applications, or extension of the area to be localized. An ISO standard interface is available for integration in the IT system landscape, for example.
Within SIMATIC RTLS, there are product families that are optimized to different applications. The main difference lies in the wireless technologies used for communication and locating processes, which are tailored to the specific application. The products within a specific product group are compatible with one another, while products from different product groups cannot be combined with one another.
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