The innovative RTLS technology enables precise indoor location of the transmitters. A simple infrastructure of UWB antennas(via PoE) covers very large areas. Various antennas and transmitters are available to us. Great innovation and precision with a modern technology.
The Worldwide Innovation for INDOOR Navigation
UWB technology enables indoor location precision in a few centimetres.
Today, almost every car and every smartphone has a GPS (Global Positioning System). With it, the position can be determined relatively accurately outside. Unfortunately, the signals from the satellites are no longer accessible inside the building or hall. That's where eLocation® from LUCA comes in. In some of our solutions for logistics and production, the IPS (Indoor Positioning System) is used. Just talk to us. We will develop the right solution for you too.
- INDOOR navigation
- UWB technology
- Decimetre precision
- Integrated compass
- Tilt sensor
- Acceleration measurement
- Long battery runtimes
- Forklift guidance systems
- Automatic Withdrawal Acknowledgement (eLocation®-Watch)
- Tugger train coordination
- Sequence trolley tracking
- Personal protection in the danger zone (EMERGENCY STOP)
Locating the objects
The eLocation® enables accurate location of objects equipped with transmitters. In addition to the 3D position, the transmitters can provide further information such as inclination, north pole orientation and acceleration to the LUCA system. For example, the following objects can be located and managed appropriately:
- Forklifts & Tow Tractors
- Pallets and pallet cages
- Order picking trolley
- Sequence trolley
- Long battery runtimes
The use of RTLS technology offers us countless possibilities. The innovative and precise technology ensures the reliability of our solutions.
Monitoring access to storage locations
The eLocation® Watch is a solution where the small eLocation® transmitters are attached to the picker's hand (Watch). In the LUCA system, the storage locations are configured in the detected room. If the picker accesses the room configured as a storage location, the system checks whether the access was correct:
- If the access is faulty, an error message is generated (light, voice, horn, etc).
- If the access is correct, an automatic withdrawal acknowledgement can take place
With high-performance picking, the method eliminates the need for manual confirmation of picks. The eLocation® Watch ensures quality after the PokaYoke and clearly increases performance.
The UWB technology
The use of Ultra Wide Band technology in INDOOR navigation allows us to detect the active transmitters with an accuracy of a few centimetres. Unlike conventional radio technologies (such as Bluetooth or Wi-Fi), UWB works with time-of-flight of the signal and not based on signal strengths RSSI (Received Signal Strength Indication). The very steeply rising UWB radio pulses are very narrow (< 2 nanoseconds) and can be used very well for precise distance measurements in a "noisy" radio environment.
Frequency range: 3 - 7 GHz
Bandwidth: 500 MHz
Number of channels: 6
The exact time difference between the arrival of the signals at the synchronised receivers is based on the TDoA principle (Time-Difference-of-Arrival).
eLocation® consists of active transmitters that are attached to movable objects and receivers that are permanently mounted in the monitored space. The transmitters are equipped with long-life batteries, but can also be connected to an external power source (e.g. forklift).
The receivers are supplied with data and power via Ethernet (PoE) over a network cable. The data from the receivers are evaluated in an eLocation® controller and sent to the LUCA-Server sent via LAN.
The battery-powered transmitter uses only a short period of time to send a UWB message. Therefore, the energy required is very low compared to other radio technologies. Depending on the set frequency of the UWB message (> 20 ms), the battery life can be up to 7 years.