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The innovative RTLS Technology enables a precise Indoor location the transmitter. A simple infrastructure of the UWB-antennas (via PoE) covers very large areas. Various antennas and transmitters are available to us. Great innovation and precision with modern technology.


The Worldwide Innovation for INDOOR Navigation

The UWB technology enables the precision of indoor tracking in a few centimetres.


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eLocation ?

Today, almost every car and every smartphone has a GPS (Global Positioning System). With it, the position outside can be determined relatively accurately. Unfortunately the signals of the satellites are no longer available inside the building or in the hall. That is why LUCA offers eLocation®. In some of our solutions for logistics and production, the IPS (Indoor-Positioning-System) is used. Just talk to us. We will also develop the right solution for you.

Properties

  • INDOOR navigation
  • UWB Technology
  • Decimeter-accurate precision
  • Integrated compass
  • Inclination sensor
  • Acceleration measurement
  • Long battery life

Solutions

  • Forklift control systems
  • Automatic Acknowledgement of withdrawal (eLocation®-Watch)
  • Route Train Coordination
  • Sequence Car Tracking
  • Container-tracking
  • Personal protection in hazardous areas (EMERGENCY STOP)


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Location of objects

The eLocation® enables the exact location of objects equipped with transmitters. In addition to the 3D position, the transmitters can provide further information to the LUCA system, such as inclination, north pole orientation and acceleration. As an example, the following objects can be located and managed appropriately:

  • Stacker & Route trains
  • Pallets and mesh pallets
  • Container
  • Tools
  • Order picking trolley
  • Sequence carriage
  • Long battery life

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 hand of the picker (Watch). In the LUCA system, the storage locations in the recorded room are configured. If the picker reaches into 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 be made

With high performance picking, the method eliminates the need for manual confirmation of the pick. The eLocation®-Watch ensures the quality after the PokaYoke and clearly increases the 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 centimeters. Unlike traditional radio technologies (such as Bluetooth or Wi-Fi), UWB works with the time of flight of the signal and not on the basis of the signal strength RSSI (Received Signal Strength Indication). The very steeply rising UWB radio pulses are very narrow (

Frequency range: 3 - 7 GHz
Bandwidth: 500 MHz
Number of channels: 6

The exact time difference between the arrival of the signals at the synchronized receivers is based on the TDoA principle (Time Difference of Arrival).

System Components

eLocation® consists of active transmitters attached to moving objects and receivers that are permanently mounted in the monitored room. 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) using a network cable. The data from the receivers are evaluated in an eLocation® controller and transmitted to the LUCA-Server sent via LAN.

Battery life

The battery-powered transmitter uses only a short period of time to send a UWB message. Therefore the required energy 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.