Zebra Technologies Corporation has achieved a major milestone in delivering its one-millionth real-time locating systems (RTLS) tag, demonstrating the growing need for operations visibility. With this shipment, Zebra achieves the largest installed base of RTLS tags worldwide and strengthens its position as market leader in monitoring assets and providing precise, real-time critical business information.
Zebra provides customers with radio frequency identification (RFID) technology and RTLS solutions to help monitor the location of assets, people and transactions to gain greater visibility into their business operations.
From innovative farming applications to large-scale manufacturing environments, location technologies are driving productivity and providing business intelligence to help companies cut costs, gain efficiencies and achieve competitive advantage.
Zebra's RTLS solutions help customers track parts in complex manufacturing environments, such as automotive production warehouses, and provide farmers with the ability to monitor animal behaviour and movements.
"Reaching the milestone of one million RTLS tags is a great accomplishment for Zebra and points to growing demand for real-time locating systems," said Jill Stelfox, GM of Location Solutions, Zebra Technologies. "Whether tracking operational efficiency, improving quality control, reducing costs or even monitoring movements in the farmyard, RTLS technology is powering multiple industries and improving their business performance. We are working with our partners on innovative ways to take the technology further and extend the use of RTLS tags. We don't know where our two-millionth tag will take us, but we are already working on new, exciting projects in the automotive, manufacturing, healthcare and sports sectors."
A recent global study commissioned by the company found 53 per cent of respondents are planning to implement 'Internet of Things' solutions in the next two years with barcoding and RFID tracking technologies being key enablers.
"The need for accurately tracking and monitoring assets and personnel in today's competitive business environment is leading to high demand for RTLS solutions worldwide. RTLS is the preferred choice as it provides precise, real-time critical business information," said Nandini Bhattacharya, senior research analyst, Auto Identification and Data Capture, Frost & Sullivan. "Technological advancements have made it possible for end users to chose among a range of technologies such as Wi-Fi, ultra-wideband, ultrasound, infrared, and active and passive RFID. End users can also use a combination of multiple technologies for a stronger RTLS solution that will yield better results."
Customers using Zebra's active RFID technology and RTLS solutions include leaders in industrial manufacturing (especially aerospace, automotive, construction equipment and heavy plant), process industries (including chemical, oil & gas and steel) and the healthcare sector.