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RTLS For Dummies® by Ajay Malik

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Chapter 3

Choosing the Right RTLS

In This Chapter

Knowing your options

Figuring out your objectives and deployment needs

Estimating maintenance and integration needs

Measuring Return on Investment and value adds

Evaluating your security

Tracking performance and requiring a standards-based solution

Becoming eco-friendly and making your decision

You may implement an RTLS because you have a problem that you want to solve. Perhaps you have some expensive equipment that’s getting lost or stolen and you want to know whether that equipment leaves your building. Or maybe you need to locate a doctor or nurse to determine how much time the attending physician will take to reach a patient.

To find an RTLS that fits your needs, you must compare competing technologies, hardware, solutions, and associated vendors. However, the comparison’s outcome on its own may not tell the full story because not only are there certain ancillary needs that you need to consider but also because you’ll learn more about the RTLS and may grow to use it in new ways. For example, you may install the RTLS in one facility and later take it to others, or you may use the RTLS to track visitors and later use it for employee safety.

This chapter provides an overview of the decision-making process involved when choosing an RTLS that fits your needs.

Weighing Your Options

When managers make a business decision, they typically make a decision matrix. A decision matrix helps managers structure the criteria under consideration. ...

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