RTLS Installation In 10 Minutes

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  • May 24, 2021
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In this video, an expert from high tech Belgium company named Essensium provides instructions on how to install RTLS.

First, he lists all the items one needs to start the installation. These items include the floor plan of where the installation is to be done, paper, a tape measure, the RTLS system, and reference notes. There are three reference nodes used in the video and one gateway note.

Then, he gives a step-by-step process with visuals, allowing the viewers to easily understand the process.

The first step is to install the infrastructure nodes. The first one is attached to the ceiling. The second two infrastructure nodes are installed in a similar manner. Overall, the nodes form a rectangle shape in the room. It is crucial to measure from the installed node to a landmark in the room.

Next, he measures from each node placed in the room to the landmark in the room previously used. Adjustments are made for each node.

Finally, he concludes the video with a few parting words, emphasizing the simplicity of the installation process and the technology itself.


Hello and welcome to the Essensium Indoor or TLS demonstration.  I’m going to show you today how to do the most basic of indoor test setups using some of the components from the SMC evaluation kit. For a simple or basic installation, you need a floor plan of the office area where you going to do your demonstrations, you need a tape measure to make some measurements with, pen and paper you know to write things down, and then most importantly the RTLS system itself. We’re going to use three reference nodes, these are the indoor reference nodes from a sense they have magnetic feet so we’re going to use those to attach them to magnetic struts on the ceilings, and one reference, one gateway note which is similar to the reference nodes with. It has a direct USB connection to the laptop where we are running the tracker server software. The reference nodes when they’re installed in their locations we connect them simply with a DC converter to mains power socket so that they then have a power supply.

So the first thing to do is to install the infrastructure nodes before that I’ll just show you the mobile node at a time as we are using, so this is the indoor basic mobile node and for today’s demonstration I’m putting it on this little plastic stand just to make it easier to move it around. So, the first thing is to install the infrastructure nodes. I take the first reference node and I’m going to attach it to the ceiling. And I packed just two DC power supplies. I then take my tape measure, and I note the distance where I’ve installed this reference node, I notice to measure the distance from it to landmarks on the floor plan, and I see that is 36 centimeters. And I measure the height from the ground and I see that is 2 meters. So you can see in a moment why I’ve recorded that information.

We then take the second reference node and install it, similarly, at the far end of the room next to the ceiling. Alternatively, you could click to the wall you can put it sitting on a piece of furniture and the sound of the roof and I connect this to a DC power supply. And now, the third reference node, install that in the third corner. So you see the reference notes that we are installing, they make a rectangle around the area where we’re going to the tracking.

So, the last node just installed is the gateway node, or you can use a fourth reference node, and I’m putting that in this corner over here. And I used an active USB extender cable to connect that gateway node back to the laptop. So that’s the first step of your installation, the physical placement of the reference nodes.

The next step is on the GUI, for the lowest tracker server, is to install our drag and drop the icons of those reference nodes to the locations where you have placed them in the room. Yeah, there’s a nice feature when you select a reference node, you hold down the shift key, click on the node to select it, and you can then drag it to a new position on the floor plan. You see a ruler shows up to allow you to place it and make measurements against the landmarks that you had, the physical landmarks that you have measured with your ruler. So, this node here, we just move it on the floor plan. So that’s 35 centimeters from that corner there and zoom out of the floor plan. Select another reference node on this one, my nodes here, I see this having 36 centimeters from this landmark, so I drag it over the corner to this landmark here. Zoom in, try to get so it lines up and there you have it placed, simple as that. And then I repeat the process for the remaining two reference nodes: this one down in this corner, check for distance. I take the final reference node, check the distance. The next step is to enter the height of each of the reference nodes. And we can figure out on the GUI, we select each reference nodes, inform the system that these are all reference nodes.

That’s it, the system is working. This is the mobile node, you can see its position being tracked on the GUI, as I move down the room to other positions, you can see the position being followed on the GUI. And there you see the node located in the center.

So thank you for watching, I simply wanted to show you how quick and easy it is to set up a demonstration or an installation. There is no need to do any form of or fingerprinting we don’t need to make measurements at different locations in the room or in the location, we simply install the infrastructure nodes for the best performance in a square, but we can install them in a rectangular shape, and set their positions on the GUI, and then plug and play that’s it the demonstration is alive and running. Thank you for your time.

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