Technologies

End-to-end Indoor Location Tracking Solution to Streamline Operations in Factories, Warehouses and Hospitals


Abstract/Technology Overview

Our Location Tracking solution enables companies in manufacturing, logistics and healthcare to streamline their operations and increase their product quality through

  1. Reduce searching and assembly time by locating tools with 30cm accuracy
  2. Improved visibility on work order status and location to identify bottlenecks in real-time and avoid delays
  3. Streamline intralogistics flow by optimising material handling equipment's motion and increasing their utilization rates.

For example, we help hospitals to track medical equipment, to monitor the flow of patients, and to guide visitors. We help factories to automate supply chain decisions, to locate tools/equipment, to analyse intralogistics flows. Finally, we help retail clients for self-service and delivery, such as table service in fast-food restaurants. Overall, we help B2B clients in several sectors to reduce their operational 'waste' by minimally 20%.


Technology Features, Specifications and Advantages

To achieve this, we have developed an end-to-end Location Tracking Solution, with active RF tags that emit Bluetooth or Ultrawide Band signals, gateways that collect the signals, and server software which computes positions and provides user applications (search, alert, analytics ...).

We've learned how to best address our clients' requirements, by designing a solution which adds value through a unique blend:

  • Hybridization: using a single IoT infrastructure, most location-based use cases can be addressed on a physical site, whether related to people, tools, parts or other moving assets. This helps achieve faster ROI since the infrastructure investment is shared among stakeholders.
  • Industrialisation: we have proven its ability to deliver high volumes with over 500k devices produced, over 3k sites in operations, and deployment tools for over the years. We can deliver "Plug & Play" RTLS thanks to unique features such as auto-mapping & auto-calibration.
  • Openness: our platform is not meant to be a standalone silo, but to be integrated into legacy IT systems using our API. For instance, we have connectors with SAP's manufacturing executive system, MII. Also, third party active tags can be utilised instead of our-branded tags.

We bring for the first time affordability and reliability thanks to advanced mathematical algorithms software and low-cost design: we can achieve prices up to 10x lower than historical players. And we've proven our ability to deploy at scale and bring ROI in less than a year.


Potential Applications

For Tools:

  • Increase Utilization Rate / Reduce new tool orders
  • Optimise layout / reduce transportation
  • Smarter maintenance (when needed, not too early or too late), e.g. calibration
  • Reduce tool loss

For Work-In-Progress Parts / Products (Work orders):

  • Reduce errors in delivery (since the work orders are correctly tagged)
  • Other Lean techniques, eg Value Stream Mapping
  • Optimise work-in-progress stock levels
  • Provide visibility to customers regarding their order status (know when they can come on-site and do acceptance tests if they want to)
  • Reduce time searching for products stored on site

For Material Handling Equipment:

MHE is usually expensive and can come in great quantities. It is therefore vital to track it, in order to utilize it in an optimal manner, in order to avoid losing them and having to reorder more. Furthermore, they can block the production: when a forklift isn't available to move parts in an automotive factory, where Takt Time is usually 60sec, then 10,000s of Eur are quickly lost. Another benefit of MHE tracking is to apply the Lean Manufacturing technique: measure the flows, then optimise the process and layout.


Customer Benefit

  • 10-20% Turnaround time reduction
  • 10-15% reduction in Material Handling Equipment costs
  • 20-30% increase in Worker Productivity

OVERVIEW
Contact Person

Victor Bogey

Organisation

UBUDU Asia (by Hiploca Limited)

Technology Category
  • Radio Frequency
  • Sensors & Instrumentation
  • Ambient Intelligence & Context-Aware Computing
  • Big Data, Data Analytics, Data Mining & Data Visualisation
  • Enterprise & Productivity
  • Geoinformatics
  • Internet of Things & Wearable Technology
  • Wireless Technology
  • Inventory Management
  • Assembly / Automation / Robotics
Technology Status
  • Available for Licensing
Technology Readiness Level
  • TRL 9
Keywords

indoor location, IIOT, flow management, asset tracking, location analytics, UWB, BLE