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Please visit www.localino.net and find our White Paper at the very bottom left side of the webpage. This gives valueable information on indoor localization in general, explains when to choose which technology and explains Localino is more technical detail.
How does Localino work?
The Localinos talk to each other and exchange timing information. This way, the fixed Localinos (called Anchor) know the range to the mobile unit (called Tag).
The anchors report the range over the Wifi interface to a server application, which processes and combines of the ranging results of the anchors to each tag. The results is a position in space 2D (X, Y), when there are range reports from three fixed anchors and 3D (X, Y, Z), when there are range results from four anchors in space.
Localino 3.0 users receive the Localino Backend processor (see YouTube videos) and a special Localino Display. The Localino Display is written in Python and source code is available for our customers.
How many tags can be localized?
Localino 3.0 can handle, locate and track multiple tags. The number of tags that can be located depends on the configuration and your country regulations. It can range from some Tags to thousands.
Localino 3.0 can handle, locate and track multiple tags. The number of tags that can be located depends on the configuration and your country regulations.
Localino 3.0 handles two modes:
- High density mode: In high density speed mode 3 anchors can handle up to 30 tags within 1 second update rate. More tags are certainly possible, but is not recommended. If you have several rooms apart from each other, where there are 3 anchors that locate tags in room 1, and 3 anchors locate tags in room 2 required, each room can handle up to 30 tags. If you reduce the update rate, the systen can handle even more tags. For example, if you reduce the update rate to 10s you will be able to locate up to 300 tags technically.
- High range mode: In high range mode 3 anchors can handle up to 6 tags within 1 second update rate. Also, more tags are possible technically, but not recommended.
The Localino 3.0 system supports many different frequencies and UWB channels that can be chosen via the USB control interface according to your country specification
What is the update rate of the ranging?
The update rate can be configured and can be up to 30 Hz.
What is the maximum range?
The answer is: it depends. Localino uses radio frequencies, just like your wireless network. And you probably know that this depends on the environment. We have done tests in free space where the range between anchor and tag were 200m and it worked well. Indoor, you will get stable range measurements of about 20-50m max range, depending on the mode you are operating the Localinos (short range / long range) in and the environment itself (furniture, walls, wood, metal…).
What do I need to measure distance between two Localinos?
You will need 1 Anchor + 1 Tag.
How can I measure 2D Position?
You will need 3 Anchor + 1 Tag.
What do I need to measure 3D Position?
You will need 4 Anchor + 1 Tag.
What is so special about the Anchor v3.0 + BLE version?
This anchor has additional Bluetooth capabilities and automatically detecs Bluetooth beacons that are in close proximity to the Anchor. The detection is forwarded as a live datastream which allows you to monitor movements or presence of Bluetooth enabled devices that emit beacon messages.
Does Localino work outdoors?
Yes it does. However you have to make the hardware weather proof (like using plastic bags / cases with low RF attenuation).
How do I setup Localino?
The documentation will guide you through the setup process. In general you have to place the Localino anchors inside the room, for example in the corners. Run the backend and frontend and configure the anchor positions in the room by using our Frontend. Once that is finished you are good to go.
Documentation for Localino v3.0
Where do I find your documentation?
The entire documentation how to setup, configure the system will be available with Localino. Some insight can be found on youtube: www.youtube.com/c/localino
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