Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Fall 2012


Dundar Kocaoglu

Course Title

Engineering & Technology Management

Course Number

ETM 520/620


Radio frequency identification systems, IEEE 802.11 (Standard), Location-based services -- Applications to health care centers


The purpose of this paper is to provide a comparative analysis about Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) technologies for the Real-time Location System (RTLS) applications in healthcare centers/hospitals. Focus is on the 5 criteria and 9 sub criteria for choosing a RTLS and the research about the features of RFID and Wi-Fi technologies is done. Firstly, these criteria are used for the evaluation purpose based on literature review; secondly, the RFID and Wi-Fi technologies are compared by listing out the facts, pros and cons, according to the problems found out during the investigation about the technologies and the result of interviews with the IT experts in healthcare centers/hospitals, nurses, vendors and engineers of RTLS. Finally, an information retrieval guideline for the RTLS solution selection is given out and demonstrated with RFID and Wi-Fi technologies.


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