Location- and collision avoidance system technologies, providers and potential applications

Antti Rantala

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The development towards a higher automation level in logistics systems and the increasing automation level in the port operations is a clear global trend. Safe, secure and reliable automation solutions for ship-to-shore operation are crucial elements of the future transport systems. Location- and collision avoidance systems are needed to secure safe and reliable logistics operations in the future. The location of people and things will be an increasingly important element of internal business operations. For example, robots and autonomous vehicles must all be location-aware because optimizing processes or improving safety require knowing the location of workers (Gartner 2020). This report presents various collision avoidance and location system technologies that could be used in port environment. Also, other application domains are presented. This report is an overview of existing real-time location systems (RTLS) and collision avoidance solutions that are available on the market. The report highlights how the various technologies are applied and how the systems are utilised. Further, the objective is to identify, in which kind of environments and application domains such systems could possibly be used.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEspoo
PublisherVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 2021
MoE publication typeD4 Published development or research report or study

Publication series

SeriesVTT Tutkimusraportti


  • Location systems
  • Collision avoidance
  • RTLS


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