The Basics of RTLS
RTLS is like GPS for the indoors — a system that displays the real-time locations of people and things on a map (or in a list).
Different RTLS vendors use different technologies to determine locations, but they all work in the same general way.
Badges worn by people, and tags affixed to equipment, communicate with a IoT gateway network of receivers installed throughout a facility. The gateways network relays the location of badges and tags to software.
Depending on the accuracy of the RTLS technology, which can vary between vendors, and the density of receivers, the reported location can either be general (“1st Floor” or “West Wing”), or precise (“Exam Room 8” or “Infusion Chair 2”).
Leverage Your RTLS Investment Across Your Enterprise
- Beds – specialty/all types
- Balloon Pumps
- Infusion Pumps (singles, doubles, triples, intelligent)
- Infusion Pumps – doubles
- Infusion Pumps – triples
- Wheelchair – bariatric, fixed leg, standard, SDS
- Monitors – vital signs, slave, BIS
- Breast Pumps
- Carts – crash, vitals
- Workstations On Wheels (WOWs)
- Enteral Feeding Pump
- Pacemakers – external
- PCA Pumps
- Pulse Oximeters
- Sequential Compression Devices (SCDs)
- Patient Lifts
- Trays – surgical, consignment
- Ultrasound Machines – small, portable
- Wound Vacs
By monitoring the real-time locations of mobile equipment, ensuring that it never goes missing, hospitals can reduce the amount of inventory needed.
And, because the location of each asset can be found with SmartX HUB, the amount of time staff spend searching is dramatically reduced.
Benefits of Asset Tracking
► Easily find assets for preventive maintenance and recalls
► No more lost time searching by clinicians
► Reduce costs associated with lost equipment