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Real Time Location System (RTLS) Edge Anchors

Real-time data insight requires continuous data acquisition of location and sensor data. Nanotron’s anchors run at the edge of your network and when leveraged with our location engine, nanoLES, provides the IoT interface to send location and context data to analytics engines.

RF Technology Infrastructures

Chirp

  • 2.4 GHz Chirp RF technology
  • Long Range Location Applications (up to 300 – 500 meters) at 1 meter accuracy

Ultrawideband

  • Ultrawideband (UWB) RF technology
  • Enhanced resolution (10-30cm) enables Short Range Location Applications (0-50 meters)

Leverage Chirp, UWB or a combination of both infrastructures in one application concurrently for enhanced deployments that extend application range and scale without adding overhead.

  • Simultaneously leverage Chirp and UWB anchors
  • Add additional anchors on the same network to cover larger areas
  • Add additional tags to increase the number of objects tracked

  

nanoANQ EA

The nanoANQ EA is a housed Chirp RF edge anchor for long range RTLS applications (up to 300 – 500 meters) at 1 meter accuracy and features two SMA antennas along with an Ethernet port with PoE to connect to the network. Two power supply options are available: DC IN and Power-Over-Ethernet (PoE). The DC IN supply can be provided by a range of voltages between 12 and 24 V. The nanoANQ EA includes an IP 65 housing* and power supply and CAT 6 Ethernet cables are connected through rubber-sealed openings at the back of the housing.

*The IP rating can only be guaranteed if installed in accordance with the installation guide (included within the product package).

nanoANQ EA

Inpixon nanoANQ Chirp PCB

Inpixon nanoANQ Chirp PCB

The Inpixon nanoANQ Chirp PCB anchor is an RTLS-infrastructure anchor circuit board with unrivaled range and deployment-scale. This integration ready anchor generates and captures high precision location information and communicates sensor and context data while remaining synchronized with your whole RTLS network.

Value Propositions

  • Cut time to market: Integration-ready design
  • Backwards Compatible: Seamlessly expand existing installations
  • Future-proof: Expand as needed to support large-scale tracking use cases
  • Competitive: Unparalleled long ranges of up to 300 – 500 meters for indoor and outdoor tracking
  • Proven solutions: 500+ anchor deployments, worldwide, 24/7 running
  • Economical: Re-engineered to optimize design and streamline integration

Key Features

Advanced technology

  • Unique 2.4 GHz Chirp RF technology enables range of up to 300 – 500 meters and 1 m accuracy
  • Scale-on-demand – effortlessly add additional anchors at any time
  • Two independent RF-channels for anchor density optimization or multipath mitigation
  • Virtual anchor synchronization over the air enables complete infrastructure synchronization without extra “pacer nodes” and scales deployments without infrastructural overhead

Robust and flexible

  • Combine Chirp and UWB infrastructure types in a single solution
  • Industry grade temperature protection from -40°C to +85°C for extreme indoor and outdoor environments
  • CE-RED, FCC, ISED certified*

*  Production units

Highlights

  • Expand and scale: Just add new anchors (no compromised accuracy, real-time capability, or throughput)
  • 3 in 1: Enable concurrent tracking, ranging and data communication in RTLS deployments
  • Two-way communication: Anchors send and receive commands, locations and sensor data between anchors and tags
  • Small form factor: Eases physical integration
  • High accuracy: High precision location information with full time difference of arrival (TDoA) support
  • Two configurable radio channels:
    • antenna redundancy for superior communication reliability
    • directional antennas for distinct tunnels or corridors via U.FL connector
  • Unlock the value potential of location, sensor and context data fusion with an IoT Platform to derive actionable business insights

Inpixon nanoANQ Chirp PCB main components

  

nanoANQ EA ER

The nanoANQ EA ER is a housed ultrawideband (UWB) RF anchor with enhanced resolution and enables short range RTLS location applications. Designed to add accuracy to indoor deployments, the nanoANQ EA ER provides precise cm-level accuracy. It features two SMA antennas along with an Ethernet port with PoE to connect to the network. Two power supply options are available: DC IN and Power-Over-Ethernet (PoE). The DC IN supply can be provided by a range of voltages between 12 and 24 V. The nanoANQ EA includes an IP 65 housing* and power supply and CAT 6 Ethernet cables are connected through rubber-sealed openings at the back of the housing.

This deployment-ready and field-proven RTLS edge anchor offers exceptional scalability for high accuracy UWB location deployments. Nanotron’s patented virtual anchor synchronization technology allows the nanoANQ EA ER to synchronize without requiring additional pacer nodes in the network. The nanoANQ EA ER is also compatible with any DW1000 powered tag using the nanotron BLINK-protocol.

*The IP rating can only be guaranteed if installed in accordance with the installation guide (included within the product package).

Value Propositions

  • Easily scale and expand your location infrastructure
  • Shorten time to revenue through interoperability with any DW1000 powered tag
  • Operate tracking, ranging and communication applications concurrently
  • Support real-time 2-way communication between app, middleware and tags

Features

  • Patented anchor synchronization over the air enabling sync without pacer nodes
  • Anchors can be added to the deployment without overhead
  • PoE connection to the transport network and location server
  • Ruggedized, IP65-compliant casing with external antennas

How RTLS Anchors Work

RTLS anchors are fixed infrastructure devices in an RTLS system. Their main function is to receive blinks from location tags and forward them to the RTLS location engine – nanoLES. nanoLES then performs the wireless synchronization of all anchors and calculates the tag position using the time difference of arrival (TDoA) location method. For one-dimensional (1D) location applications like tunnel or corridor monitoring where environmental limits dictate the second dimension, a minimum of two anchors are required for reliable location data. While three anchors are sufficient for two-dimensional (2D) location application for outdoor areas, offices or storage areas, our experience shows that at least six (eight in extremely harsh industrial environments) anchors are needed in a 2D RTLS installation to get reliable location data.

Through their air interface, anchors support bidirectional payload (e.g., sensor data or messages) exchange between the location server and the individual tags. By communicating back to devices anchors can support raising an alarm or requesting a confirmation for specific action. All anchor variants feature a power amplifier which is adjustable from at least 0 to 19 dBm for robust communication and long range. The anchors utilize IP-based data and management protocols and feature a built-in DHCP client. This allow for the anchors to be remotely configured via API over the network.

Inpixon nanoANQ Chirp PCB main components

RTLS Products

RTLS Location Engine

The server software for scalable high performance RTLS

RTLS Anchors

Fixed devices in an RTLS system for Chirp and UWB

RTLS Tags

Wireless devices that send out blinks

RTLS Evaluation Kit

Tools for System Integrators