Sunstone RTLS Technology

Sunstone RTLS utilizes cutting edge industrial UWB hardware and purpose-built software solutions to provide indoor location data that enables you to optimize your manufacturing process and take the first steps to digitize your production.

Deploy Sunstone RTLS to:

  • Gather precise location data from anything on your shop floor through industrial-grade, environment tolerant tags
  • Track the location of anything on your shop floor real-time including forklifts, carts, personnel, pallets
  • Build unique insights with sensor data collected by tags: temperature, pressure, humidity and more
  • Monitor the productions status and efficiency of your manufacturing process, including the utilization of machines and tools
  • Deploy a single UWB radio connectivity solution, compatible with any tools that support the technology on your shop floor

Industrial-grade hardware designed for efficient deployment

The Sunstone RTLS hardware system relies on a central processing unit connected to Anchors, which serve as the satellites of your indoor GPS network. Sunstone Anchors provide bidirectional communication capabilities through ultra-wide bandwidth radio technology, enabling you to create a single communication platform for your production line. Tags placed on equipment, tools or personnel are tracked by the Anchors installed on location. All collected data is then forwarded to the Central Unit, which completes location calculations and processes other sensor data.

An overview of Sunstone RTLS hardware infrastructure showing the deployment of tags, anchors and the central unit.
An overview of the Sunstone RTLS software stack..

Purpose-built software tools automate data collection and processing

The Sunstone RTLS software stack is comprised of three major components. These elements work together to gather and process the data collected by tags and anchors and provide precise indoor location data.

The Buffering Device Communications Layer (BDCL) is the first level of the software stack that serves as an interface to all hardware connected to the system. It manages the various tags identified on the network and manages the collection and routing of data.

The Data Collections Manager (DCM) processes all non-location data collected by the deployed tags (temperature, vibration, operational status etc.). The DCM also creates a data abstraction layer and historically stores data in an optimized in-memory database. Beyond providing an easy to understand and structured API to access all stored data, it offers robust data processing solutions, such as filtering by position, implementing sensor fusion or matching different types of data based on timestamps and locations.

Finally, the Sunstone Computational Layer (SCL) is responsible for processing all data needed for location calculations. Utilizing our proprietary Dynamic Calibration Algorithm, it calculates the precise time sync between anchors and calculates the precise position of all tags, and the collected sensor data through high-performance TDOA algorithms.