Towards a unified location tracking system for heterogeneous industrial environments.

Authors Werner Kurschl
Wolfgang Gottesheim
Stefan Mitsch
Rene Prokop
Johannes Schönböck
Wolfgang Beer
Title Towards a unified location tracking system for heterogeneous industrial environments.
Booktitle Proceedings of the 6th IEEE International Confercne on Industrial Informatics (IEEE INDIN 2008)
Type in proceedings
Publisher IEEE Computer Society
Mark Best Presentation Award
Department ISE
ISBN 978-1-4244-2171-8
Month July
Year 2008
Pages 1267-1272
SCCH ID# 740
Abstract

Current research on localizing objects and humans typically concentrates on a single technical solution in one of the following main categories: radio-based, acoustic, and image processing systems. Together with more matured systems (like GPS) numerous localization techniques coexist in isolation. But having a closer look on deploying localization systems in industrial applications several problems arise as the environmental influences differ too much to use one single technology. Moreover, the localization system needs to be integrated with other enterprise applications to enhance business processes. We identified concepts to overcome the limitations of current standalone systems and evaluated the feasibility in a prototypical localization system, which we deployed in an industrial steel plant. This work discusses how a localization system can help to improve occupational safety in industrial plants and presents concepts and findings gained during the deployment and test phase.