Real Time Location System - RTLS

Pin-point accuracy in target geolocation

Real Time Location System (RTLS) 

Kathrein’s real-time location system (RTLS) is a superior technology that detects the current geolocation of a target, be it a person, vehicle or an item in a manufacturing plant. Enterprises can use this precise positioning system to track and manage varying objects in real-time scenarios, ranging from industrial and healthcare to commercial environments.

The unique combination of UWB with RAIN RFID and NFC technology, allow an easy and seamless integration into the existing RFID infrastructure. Based on long-term experience in RTLS solutions, Kathrein developed its own line of UWB (Ultra-Wide Band) based RTLS in 2019, which has been successfully deployed since.

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K-RTLS Outdoor Node K-RTLS Outdoor Node
K-RTLS Indoor Node K-RTLS Indoor Node
K-RTLS Transponder K-RTLS Transponder
K-RTLS CrossTalk IoT Suite K-RTLS CrossTalk IoT Suite


  • Kathrein’s indigenous industrial design for housing antenna and electronics
  • Long lasting battery life
  • Integrated UHF tag
  • Integrated NFC tag
  • Localisation accuracy of 30–50 cm in production environment
  • Acceleration and temperature sensors
  • LED visualisation
  • CrossTalk integration

Typical RTLS Applications

Smart Production
Process automation through precise localisation

Vehicle Tracking
Precise parking location

Container Tracking
At production machine workplaces

Construction Machinery/Tool Localisation
At construction sites

Forklift Location
Locating via RTLS in combination with RFID-tagged goods on the fork

Automatically Guided Vehicles
Highly precise localisation for autonomous driving



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