Gartner Research

Location Technologies: Sensors, Tags, Beacons and More

Published: 15 February 2011

ID: G00209892

Analyst(s): Nick Jones , William Clark


This research explores the technologies that can be used to track or deduce the location of people and objects. It focuses on RFID, beacons, Bluetooth devices, various forms of wireless tagging technology, sensor networks and related systems.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • The Importance of Location
    • Technology: Passive RFID
    • Technology: Active RFID
    • Technology: NFC
    • Technology: UWB Active Tags
    • Technology: Bluetooth Beacons
    • Technology: Sensor Networks
    • Technology: Imaging
    • Technology: IP Derivation
    • Technology: Ultrasonic Tags
  • Additional Methods for Ascertaining Location
  • The Missing Location Technology

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