KINEXON RTLS is a key technology to optimize and automate industrial processes. KINEXON’s real-time locating system (RTLS) is based on Ultra-Wideband (UWB) technology and is designed for the most challenging industrial environments. Therefore it is characterized by the highest precision and maximum robustness. Quick and easy setup and installation ensure efficient scalability — even in large factories and warehouses.
In our latest case study with Continental, you can find out how RTLS adds value in practice.
Internationally active corporations trust in RTLS solutions by KINEXON. With the combination of two decisive functions we offer the perfect solution for industrial, logistics and intralogistic processes:
In this way, KINEXON RTLS visualizes and networks the spatial context of your assets and makes highly efficient industry 4.0 and logistics 4.0 solutions possible — precise, simple, robust and smart thanks to state-of-the-art UWB real-time localization.
The digital transformation in production and logistics is progressively gaining ground. However, intelligent process optimization and automation in terms of IoT (Internet of Things) require accurate knowledge of the position, status, and ID of all assets at all times.
Many real-time tracking technologies have significant disadvantages; for example, GPS localization is not precise enough and is limited to outdoor use only. Even WiFi and Bluetooth/BLE positioning do not achieve the required precision and connection stability.
Our UWB localization technology always wins in these aspects. It locates machines, people, goods and much more precisely, stably and scalably.
The KINEXON ePaper Tag is the UWB basic component for a paperless material and goods handling in industry.
The KINEXON Asset Tag is a small, industrial grade UWB sensor that is designed to locate a large number of objects.
The KINEXON Worker Tag is one of the smallest and lightest UWB sensors on the market. It is optimally designed to be attached directly to workers in order to determine their location in real-time.
The KINEXON Vehicle Tag is designed for industrial vehicles that require RTLS localization or are controlled by driverless transport systems (DTS).
The KINEXON Anchor Network combines maximum responsiveness and stability with extremely low costs for the required infrastructure.
Our real-time IoT platform acts as the “control center” for your RTLS solution. With RIoT, companies get live overview and direct control over the location and status of all connected “things” as well as the entire process.
The KINEXON Industrial RTLS is completely based on the industry-standard PoE network hardware. The anchors can also be operated with Ethernet hardware and powered using sockets. In addition, our anchor network does not require any special switches or cable connections.
The KINEXON RTLS is based on standardized Ethernet hardware and can calibrate automatically. This means that the entire system can be installed within one day.
The KINEXON RTLS is designed for long-term use. Tags and anchors are robust and have a long battery life. The low maintenance requirements are essential for cost-efficient operation.
The KINEXON RTLS is mainly used in challenging environments. It is designed to avoid limiting operation by damaging or losing components.
UWB technology is based on the combination of very short pulses moving at the speed of light. The band width of at least 500 MHz allows an exact measurement of the arrival time and thus a high-precision determination of the positions. UWB technology does not interfere with other technologies because the bandwidth (3.25 — 4.75 GHz and 6.25 — 6.75 GHz) differs from WLAN and ISM channels, and the signal strength is very limited. Anchors can cover distances of up to 200 m if there is visual contact.
TWR offers maximum precision and positional stability. The anchor sends a UWB signal and the sensor returns it. The distance between the anchor and the sensor is determined by the time required for the UWB pulses. A position can be determined as soon as the distance of a sensor relative to different anchors is available. The TWR method is mainly used for the localization of workers, tools, and navigation of driverless transport systems.
The TDoA position determination is characterized by the lowest energy consumption among the available methods on the market. The sensor transmits a signal which is received by the anchors at different intervals relative to the distance of the sensor. The position of the sensor is determined by the interval differences. Positioning with TDoA is mainly used for the localization of a large number of objects.
The PDoA method (also “angle-of-arrival method”, AoA) evaluates the phase difference between the received signals at the two antennas of an anchor. Based on this, the angle of the signal relative to the anchor is calculated and thus the position of the sensor can be determined. PDoA is generally used for position determination when there is a limited infrastructure and additional information is to be used by the sensor signals.
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