Large-scale industrial positioning and location tracking, are we there yet?

Authors Werner Kurschl
Wolfgang Gottesheim
Stefan Mitsch
Rene Prokop
Johannes Schönböck
Wolfgang Beer
Title Large-scale industrial positioning and location tracking, are we there yet?
Booktitle Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Mobile Business (ICMB'08)
Type in proceedings
Publisher IEEE Computer Society
Department ISE
ISBN 978-0-7695-3260-8
Month July
Year 2008
Pages 251-259
SCCH ID# 739

The tracking of objects and humans has recently received a lot of attention as a tool to improve business processes, occupational safety and public safety. Employers and legislators are extremely interested in improving occupational safety as numerous internal executive decrees as well as safety laws suggest. Nevertheless, a recent report on industrial injuries shows that despite remarkable declines over the last ten years further improvement can be achieved with new approaches which are less expensive, more convenient, and truly ubiquitous. The question arises, however, as to whether these available technologies are really feasible in terms of accuracy, usability, cost, and ubiquity. In fact, our analysis of numerous theoretical approaches has revealed several shortcomings in their actual use. In this paper we present the requirements for a large-area location tracking system that is sufficiently accurate, convenient to use, and feasible in industrial settings for improving occupational safety. We discuss current research and evaluate how well these systems meet crucial requirements. All in all, this paper not only defines evaluation criteria but also helps those wishing to find the right tracking solution for specific business cases.