RTLS Consideration

Points to know when installing RTLS.

  1. RTLS – Do’s & Don’ts

    1. Do install BluFis in a high location. LOS is always a good thing.

    2. Do a Wi-Fi Survey. Check the Up-stream speed. (100kb/s up per BluFirecommended).

    3. Do Wi-Fi Signal check in all areas where BluFis will be installed.

    4. Do- If a Cellular Hotspot to be used, check Cellular signal with carrier. Check Up-stream speed.

    5. Do place more BluFis in areas where higher accuracy is needed.

  2. RTLS – Do’s & Don’ts

    1. Don’t install BluFis in low areas near the floor.

    2. Don’t install BluFis behind metal items. Ensure there is no metal directly in-front of the BluFi – Tables, chairs, cabinets, etc, that are within six feet or less from the BluFi is not recommended.

    3. Don’t walk away without checking ground-truth. 

  3. RTLS Best Practices

    • Install BluFI in each corner of the Building

    • For RTLS, deploy a grid of BluFI every 8 meter.

    • Physically mark BluFi with a #. Physically mark the location of the BluFi with that respective #. This is to ensure that the same BluFi is plugged back into its original location; avoiding any unintentional swaps

    • All bluFI should be on the same plane (ideally at 2 m level, but most commonly at ceiling level)

    • Metal should not be blocking the line of sight to each bluFI and No bluFI should be close to the floor (concrete)

    • For good trilateration, the beacon should be 'seen by' a minimum of six BluFis. Meaning there are six BluFis within a 20~25 meter radius of where you are tracking.

    • For better accuracy ,signal level threshold ideally should be around -70dBm.

    • Bluzone lat/long need to match the physical location of BluFi, always! If there is a need to change physical location of the BluFi, you need to change its location on Bluzone map, as well

    • There should be at least 128 kbs upload bandwidth available on the network for each BluFi installed -128 x # of BluFi. This is to avoid any latency in tx of data from BluFi to the cloud

    • BluFi connection to the internet needs to be confirmed. A successfully configured unit is always connected to the internet. Details on compatible WiFi are available here.

    • It is not required to have all BluFis connected to the same WiFi network, as long as all are connected to the internet

    • Each beacon should be seen by 6 to 8 BluFI at any point to achieve a good RTLS experience

    • Beacon position oscillation can be reduced by selecting the settings tab and changing the 'Bucket', 'Overlap' & 'Period' each to 3000 ms or more. This will add latency of approximately 5 seconds or more to the results, but it will smooth the oscillation of the location. Increasing it to 4000 or 5000 ms will stabilize the oscillation even further. 

  4. Sample Floor Layout - For RTLS