Intelligence visualisation to supersede location based systems

Misplaced preoccupation with short-range wireless communications technologies and not information they carry

New Research Brief from ABI Research has found that many IT professionals have a misplaced preoccupation with short-range wireless communications technologies where the end technology becomes an end unto itself and not the means to an end.

ABI points out that recent decades have seen the widespread adoption of short-range wireless communications, including wireless LANs (Wi-Fi), ultra-wideband (UWB), and RFID which can see use in real-time location systems (RTLS). But the analyst argues that a more useful concept would be real-time intelligence visualisation (RTIV),

RTIV is based upon the principle of capturing real-time data and the processing and synchronisation of that data with back-end systems through defined rules. Such input can be actioned according to companies’ business intelligence strategies and the information obtained will be accessible to the relevant systems and people. It involves the establishment of alerts, alarms, actions, decisions, and where required, audit trails and documentation.

The result will be that RTIV is not based on individual technologies but instead can be used to provide an enterprise-wide view of tagged objects, assets, and personnel through wireless identification and location, explained ABI research director Michael Liard.

 “It is about the process and logic that end-users must embrace. That concept focuses on end-users seeing data (or the ‘intelligence’) and their tagged assets in new ways, with ‘real-time eyes,’” Liard added. “The end (as well as the beginning) of real-time intelligence visualisation must be the value propositions and business problems challenging end-users.

ABI added that competitive, yet complementary wireless technologies, approaches, and solutions have historically been treated as independent silos, but are now converging. It sees a growing number of end-user environments where a combination of technologies is being used such as passive and active RFID used jointly for fixed and mobile asset tagging; Wi-Fi- and UWB-based RTLS solutions employed in asset tracking; a combination of GPS and active RFID employed for cargo tracking and security.

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