8 Reasons Which Make Real Time Locating Services Important
Managing the flow of assets or people through a process can be an inefficient and often ineffective when performed manually, but ultimately an essential part to the success of a business or institution. RTLS or Real-Time Locating Services empowers staff and management to locate assets or people instantly, rather than the time consuming and labour-intensive process of manually tracking. There are numerous reasons which make RTLS a high priority in any production process of a 21st century business or institution. The following are some factors which illustrate the importance of this technology.
- Minimize search time for misplaced assets
RTLS enables clients to see the exact status of items in production or their location in the factory and remove tedious manual hunts and audits. RTLS can be easily incorporated into existing enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, enabling businesses to acknowledge the vital part their IT infrastructure has in the production process.
- Improve audits
RTLS provides real-time auditing so a product, a tool cabinet even a person can be located rapidly. If the item is moved from its typical place in the production process, RTLS can automatically issue an alert. With an RTLS device attached to a patient, they can be tracked through a surgical process to ensure orderly delivery of care and ultimately improve service and reduce wait times. All through a process, monitoring staff can utilize a sensory network to check the item or person’s RTLS tags and confirm their location. The delivery process provides another key RTLS integration point, which incorporates into its monitoring process, it can identify choke points in production process and therefore mitigate production delays.
- Inbound and outbound logistics
The ability to track a product or process as it moves through facility is essential to ensuring a timely production of a product and its shipment in particular for customers who rely on on-time inventories. Utilizing RTLS minimizes the need for physical storage areas.
- Improve safety and security
Conventional facility tracking techniques depend on RFID and GPS, which are limited by RF interference or being inside a structure or distance. Such limitations can pose a safety risk too if either essential equipment is misplaced or hazardous materials are unaccounted for. Integration with GPS can ensure security and safety of the products in transit by mitigating threats to the cargo through a timely response. When utilized in a healthcare environment, a high-risk patient (dementia, mental health) can be tracked and tragedies averted.
- Transportation management
Plan and control inbound and outbound truck, car, rail, and ship movement and provide timely approval of time sensitive shipments at control points.
- Improve process time
The ability to track items continuously and precisely through a facility, provides managers with a significant volume of data to help drive efficiency lessening holding times to minutes versus hours, days, or weeks.
- Create return on investment opportunities
Timely information is the key to a good ROI. RTLS moves products and people through a production process or procedure and makes more efficient use of staff which reduces expense in particular labour costs and delays.
RTLS made its debut in the late 90’s and has been integrated into innovative solutions like patient tracking and monitoring vital components. These improved efficiencies work to improve not just the profitability of a venture but improve safety, security and satisfaction of staff and customers. If you want to see how RTLS can be integrated into your operations, contact ZYTER for an in depth and personalized analysis.