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RTLS For Dummies® by Ajay Malik

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Chapter 7

Integrating RTLS

In This Chapter

Knowing how integration works

Understanding RTLS integration

Integrating an RTLS with your other business applications

These days, dozens — if not hundreds — of different types of open and proprietary applications for planning, managing, and monitoring materials, employees, processes, and customer relationships make up the operating system of a company. These applications support a variety of business functions, such as manufacturing, supply-chain management, financials, projects, human resources, and customer-relationship management.

When you add an RTLS to this mix, the expectation that your RTLS applications can use the enterprise data from these applications — and the reverse — is already set. Integrating an RTLS is all about integrating the real-time visibility (of tag location) seamlessly into business practices, as well as ensuring that the existing or new applications can use the RTLS data to trigger meaningful transactions.

In this chapter, I show you the benefits of integrating an RTLS with the applications and software systems your company already has in place as well as how you can make it happen.

Understanding Integration

Integration is the process of enabling applications to share data and work together as seamlessly as possible. It often involves providing new application programming interfaces (APIs) to existing applications. To be fully integrated, applications must follow new business logic and process rules as well. ...

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