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RTLS For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-470-39868-5
336 pages
April 2009
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Select, invest in, and deploy a Real Time Location System

Is your business ready for an RTLS? This friendly, hands-on guide shows you how to understand and implement this cutting-edge technology, explaining RTLS methodologies in plain English. From the initial deployment to monitoring to determining Return on Investment, you'll see how to successfully meet your needs, ensure data accuracy, and sustain your system.

  • Get your bearings — understand what RTLS does and its various methodologies, determine your needs, and select the right system
  • Prepare for installation — outline your goals, plan your applications, assess your site, select the right tag technology, and conduct a pilot test

  • Implement RTLS in your world — know how to train your staff, set expectations, set up monitoring, and assess whether the RTLS is working as desired

  • Deal with design issues — learn the most common pitfalls of RTLS implementation and how to handle them

  • Take the technology tour — use RTLS to locate at choke points, room level, presence, by association, and precisely

  • Monitor and secure your RTLS — verify and fine-tune your system, establish performance metrics, and manage security issues and vulnerabilities such as network attacks

Open the book and find:

  • An overview of RTLS and its uses
  • Explanations of underlying technologies

  • How to integrate RTLS into your other business applications

  • Comparative detail on technologies that enable different types of locating

  • Tips for evaluating RTLS vendors

  • Essential RTLS resources and references

  • Tips for getting the most out of the batteries used in tags

  • Privacy issues related to RTLS

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Introduction.

Part I: Getting Your Bearings in RTLS.

Chapter 1: Getting to Know RTLS.

Chapter 2: Knowing the Many Parts of an RTLS.

Chapter 3: Choosing the Right RTLS.

Part II: Implementing RTLS in Your World.

Chapter 4: Planning for a Successful Implementation.

Chapter 5: Preparing for Installation.

Chapter 6: Monitoring RTLS.

Chapter 7: Integrating RTLS.

Part III: Tag-A-Palooza: RTLS Technology Tour.

Chapter 8: Locating at Choke Points.

Chapter 9: Locating at Room Level.

Chapter 10: Precision Locating with Wide Area Coverage.

Chapter 11: Precision Locating with Local Area Coverage.

Chapter 12: Presence-Based Locating.

Chapter 13: Locating by Associating.

Part IV: Monitoring Performance and Securing RTLS.

Chapter 14: Measuring RTLS Performance.

Chapter 15: RTLS Vulnerabilities.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 16: Ten RTLS Pitfalls.

Chapter 17: Ten Tips for Selecting an RTLS Vendor.

Chapter 18: Ten Best Ways to Use Batteries.

Part VI: Appendixes.

Appendix A: RTLS Resources and References.

Appendix B: Privacy Issues.

Appendix C: Realizing the Benefi ts of an RTLS.

Index.

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Ajay Malik has nearly 20 years of engineering and management experience. Prior to joining RF Technologies, he was the head of software engineering and advanced development in Motorola's Wireless LAN Division. He was the principal architect of Motorola RF Switch and championed Real Time Location System supporting multiple technologies.

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