The Trailblaze Wireless locating systems from Locating Technologies are configured on the IEEE 802.15.4 standard. This is an open, internationally recognised standard developed by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), that enables wireless transmission of locating data from locating tags (worn by people or attached to equipment or assets) via routers to personal computers.
The advantages of IEEE 802.15.4 over Wi-Fi (802.11) locating systems are:
- It is easy to use and can be installed very quickly
- It offers a more flexible reception range
- It is lower in cost to set up and run
- It has low power requirements and runs completely on batteries
- It is low maintenance
- The network in which it operates can expand without limit
- It is a self-healing network that will automatically seek out alternate routes for dispatching data if there is a block in its path, or a node is not working.
- It runs independently to existing networks, meaning there is no disruption to existing operations.
The Trailblaze Wireless locating systems operate in indoor networks, and to a limited extent in outdoor networks.