# Getting started RTLS

# Introduction

In this guide we will go through the setup of a professional RTLOC positioning system. You will learn the basics of the system and get familiar with some of the features. You will end up having a fully functional RTLS system and you can start tracking your first objects.

# Basic requirements

Before you get started, make sure you have at least the following hardware:

# Positioning devices

You will - at a very minimum - need:

  • 4 Anchors
  • 1 Listener
  • 1 Tag

nodes

TIP

NOTE: If you have bought the Professional RTLS Kit, everything will be included to get started.

TIP

Without any hardware, you can still use the software to play replays.

# Networking equipment

  • 1 Switch
  • 2 Ethernet cables

network

# Power supplies

  • 4 Micro usb cables (type B) and batteries or socket adapters
  • PoE

power

# Other

A computer (desktop/laptop/tablet), preferably Windows OS

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# Set up the software

A convenient way to manage our tools is the Hub app. You can get it at https://cloud.rtloc.com/download. (Currently Windows only, requires some space on the C drive) You will need to log in using your account. If you don't have an account, create one. (If you've received an e-mail invite, preferably use that link)

You will need to download your license, from the account view of the Hub app. License download instructions

App management

# PC manager configuration

Start the app from the Hub (tray) app or locate the executable and start it.

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You will get welcomed in the PC software.

WARNING

The software will run in a limited demo-mode without proper license. Here's some help on how to activate your license.

# Device setup

# Update device firmware

A tag, anchor or listener might not have the most recent firmware. In that case you best update the firmware for the device by re-flashing it over USB.

# Power the devices

Once the boards are powered, you should see some lights blinking. There are a couple of patterns possible. If all is going well, you should see a green light blinking on all boards. In the software, the numbers in the column DecaNr should turn right. This means data of these nodes is received.

Place the anchors in a strategic way. Hang them around the area you want to track. Make sure they are placed so that they are not blocked by big objects (especially metal). You can find some more hints on how to hang the anchors here.

# Software setup

First we will make sure the listener (or dual anchor) is properly initiated. Go the the screen 'Config' in which you will see the Listener Module. All the connected listeners are listed here. It will show you to which IP address it is sending its data (this can be unicast, multicast or broadcast), together with the port.

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Make sure you see the IP-address of your PC in the column SendTo, and the IP-address of the listener is colored green.

# Anchors & Tags

Now let's setup the anchors and the tags. You should see the anchor that is connected to the ethernet appear in the Anchor list.

By pressing AutoSetup, the system will automatically be set up and you won't have to bother about the details. Wait for about 15 seconds after pressing the button. You will see the green IP turn red for a short moment. All the anchors & tags that are powered on will start to appear in the list.

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# Floorplan

Now let's try visualizing the data. Open the 'Floor' view from the menu.

# Anchor Coordinates

Before we can track the tags, we need to know where the anchors are. You can calculate their (relative) positions automatically by pressing AutoPos. After a short while, you will see the anchors move to their position and you are ready to calculate your first tag positions. Find more information on the anchor coordinates here.

# Engine

Make sure that the internal engine is switched on. You can find the engine menu in the Action Bar. Whenever the engine is running, the engine menu button looks like this:

engine_on

Whenever it is switched of, it will looks like this:

engine_off

Click on it to open the menu:

engine_menu

Unselect "Skip Engine" to activate the engine.

Walk around with your tag and check that the tag is actually moving on the screen.

# What's next?

You have just set up an easy RTLS system. Congratulations! Now there are several things you can do. Extend the area of interest by adding more anchors. Follow more objects by adding more tags. Reach the highest possible accuracy by calibrating your system. Consult the API documentation to find out how you can connect your own system to RTLOC. There's a lot to discover. A whole new world of possibilities is waiting for you.

Last Updated: 3/9/2021, 10:57:42 AM