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Real Time Location Systems: 14.7 million devices to support resource optimisation and asset tracking

  • Active RFID
  • Asset Tracking
  • Construction
  • Contact Tracing
  • Defence
  • Education
  • Government
  • Health
  • Location Tracking
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining
  • Real Estate
  • Real Time Location System
  • RTLS
  • Retail
  • Social Care
  • Transportation
  • Ultra-Wide Band
  • UWB
  • Warehouse
  • Nikita Singh
  • Matt Arnott
This report summarises the status and forecasts from the Real Time Location Systems Application Group found in the Transforma Insights Connected Things IoT forecast. The report provides a description of what is covered in the Application Group, as well as top-level figures from the forecast that provide detail on how many connected devices will be installed, the types of communication technology used and the total revenue opportunity. Full details are accessible through the TAM Forecast tool.

Report summary

This report provides Transforma Insights’ view on the Real Time Location Systems market. This segment focuses on the usage of trackers or tags attached to assets or employees. Some of the prominently used technologies include Ultra-Wide Band (UWB), Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and active RFID, which support tracking and monitoring of devices within a designated area. 

Real Time Location Systems are used to automatically track and monitor objects and have become a key technology across various industry verticals such as manufacturing, healthcare, education, transportation, and storage. The most prominent use cases of RTLS include tracking automobiles and their components through an assembly line, locating pallets of merchandise in a warehouse or finding medical equipment in a
hospital. It not only optimises cost and business processes but is also useful for workers’ safety.

The report provides a detailed definition of the sector, analysis of market development and profiles of the key vendors in the space. It also provides a summary of the current status of adoption and Transforma Insights’ ten-year forecasts for the market. The forecasts include analysis of the number of IoT connections by geography, the technologies used and revenue.

A full set of forecast data, including country-level forecasts, sector break-downs and public/private network splits, is available through the IoT Forecast tool.

Key market developments in Real Time Location Systems Application Group

The report examines key factors that are influencing the development of the market, including:

Workflow optimisation

This section of the report begins with the major reason behind the adoption of real time location systems (RTLS), talks about some of their features (like tracking assets with pinpoint accuracy), and their benefits (such as better customisation of goods and production processes).

It then explains how real time location systems are helpful in the healthcare industry. For instance, in healthcare facilities, RTLS can identify adherence and violations of quarantine protocols and demarcate the areas that are likely to be contaminated (based on the movement of people).

Cost optimisation

This section of the report explains how RTLS are useful in inventory and warehouse management across multiple industries (like manufacturing and healthcare industries). For instance, they can play a crucial role in locating assets, which can allow workers to be more efficient, since they have to spend less time locating items. Case in point, the Parkland Health and Hospital System in the US implemented RTLS tracking across 60,000 assets within its premises and saved USD390,000 in 2018.


This section delves into the role of real time location systems in enhancing safety for healthcare facilities, warehouses, and manufacturing units. For instance, introducing RTLS solutions in a hospital allows healthcare providers to maintain automated records of the equipment’s locations and when they were last cleaned, which reduces contamination and the risk of poorly sanitised equipment. Besides, RTLS can improve safety in warehouse and manufacturing facilities, which reduces the chances of injuries and losses in such places.

Communication Technologies

This section primarily focusses on the communication technologies that are being currently used and discusses their advantages over one another. For instance, in addition to Active RFID and WI-Fi, it explains how UWB is another technology that is also being preferred now and its benefits (like better localisation accuracy).

It also provides a table discussing the various features (such as accuracy, battery life, maximum range, maximum throughput, and total cost) of these technologies and lists a few examples of relevant IoT deployments in this application, like Ford Motors saving costs using low-powered RF tags.

Key vendors for Real Time Location Systems

The key vendors section lists some of the main providers of products and services related to the market such as Siemens, Ubisense, Sewio, Airista Flow, Stanley Security, and Zebra Technologies. The report provides profiles of the various vendors including aspects most relevant to this Application Group, such as product offerings, pricing, financial results, and technology.

Market forecasts for Real Time Location Systems Application Group

In the market forecasts section, we provide a summary of the forecasts from the Transforma Insights IoT Forecast Database:


The report charts the growth in the number of devices which will grow from 4.2 million in 2023 to 14.7 million in 2033.

Transforma Insights forecasts are compiled on a country-by-country basis. This report includes a regional summary, showing splits between Australasia, Greater China, North America, Europe, Japan, Latin America, MENA, Russia & Central Asia, South East Asia, South Korea, India & South Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa.


Transforma Insights’ IoT forecasts include splits between the various connectivity technologies as follows: 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G mMTC, 5G non-mMTC, LPWA (non-mMTC), Satellite, Short Range, and Other.

This section discusses which technologies will be used in the real time location systems application group.


This part of the report discusses the market growth in terms of revenue (module revenue, service wrap revenue, and VAC revenue). Transforma Insights estimates that the revenue in the Real Time Location Systems Application Group will grow at a CAGR of 16%.

  • Airista Flow
  • Aston Martin
  • Audi
  • BE Switchcraft
  • BMW
  • Bosch
  • Termotecnologia
  • Bouman Mental Healthcare
  • Budweiser Budvar
  • Cen Trak
  • Ela Innovation
  • Eliko
  • Ford Motors
  • Harley Davidson
  • Material Solutions
  • Orange Business Service
  • Parkland Health and Hospital System
  • Piedmont Hospitals
  • Prima Health
  • Quuppa
  • Renault
  • RWJBarnabas Health (RWJ)
  • Safran Aircraft Engines (SAE)
  • Saint Francis Medical Center
  • Schneider Electric
  • SEG Automotive
  • Sensolus
  • Sewio Networks
  • Siemens
  • Simac ICT
  • SPS Technologies
  • Stanley Security
  • T-Bane/Subway
  • Tesla
  • Texoma Medical Center
  • Ubisense
  • Velux
  • Volkswagen Group
  • Volvo
  • Wake Forest Baptist
  • Zebra Technologies
  • Internet of Things
  • Hyperconnectivity