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Real-Time Location: Where Are We Now?

Published: 16 June 2008

ID: G00203527

Analyst(s): Paul DeBeasi


Real-time location systems (RTLSs) are poised to make a significant impact on the enterprise. Advances in location technology, expanding enterprise wireless use, and additional governmental emergency regulations will drive the deployment of next-generation RTLS applications. In this overview, Burton Group Senior Analyst Paul DeBeasi discusses location applications, issues, and technologies.

Table Of Contents



  • Terminology
  • Technology
    • RFID
    • WLAN
    • Mobile Cellular
    • GPS
    • IP Geolocation
  • Applications
    • Fleet Tracking
    • Navigation
    • Inventory and Asset Tracking
    • Personnel Tracking
    • Emergency Services
    • Network Security
    • IP Address Location
    • Customer Location Tracking
  • Issues
    • Privacy
    • Accuracy and Precision
  • Recommendations
    • Create a Policy to Ensure Location Privacy
    • Review Service Provider Location Privacy Policy
    • Only Deploy RTLS if Enough Applications Justify Investment
    • Consider Adoption of Consumer Services for Enterprise Needs

The Details

  • Location Mechanisms
    • Proximity
    • Triangulation
    • Signal Strength
    • Time-Based Location Measurements
    • Satellite Navigation
    • IP Address Location
  • Location Technologies
    • RFID
    • WLAN
    • Mobile Systems
    • GPS
    • IP Address Geolocation


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