Real-time location services to make hospitals smarter  

Real-time location services (RTLS) – boost the smartness of your hospital

How can hospitals master a growing demand for their services while at the time having to deal with limited budgets? The answer: by taking advantage of digital transformation. Real-time location services (RTLS) help hospitals to become more efficient while at the same time relieving their budget.

Use cases

A multitude of applications to boost the intelligence of your hospital

The easiest way to increase staff efficiency is by saving time.  Picture this: In facilities without real-time location services (RTLS), nurses spend an average of 72 minutes per shift searching for equipment and the average equipment utilization rate is below 40 percent, while the share of lost or stolen assets is estimated to be around 10 percent. 


RTLS is one of our solutions that enables hospitals to become more efficient.  RTLS improves staff productivity while at the same time enhancing patient experience on many levels. Our system is open by design which enables 3rd party applications to make use of the location data coming from the RTLS platform. In addition, it can offer many additional features like space utilization or lighting control that further help reduce operational costs. The following use cases give an example of the most common applications for healthcare facilities. Of course, there are many more use cases. Let’s give your staff more time to focus on patient care while at the same time relieving your budget! We are happy to discuss your requirements – just get in touch

With RTLS, searching for assets or losing costly equipment is no longer an issue – giving your staff more time to focus on patient care. The system allows you to track important assets and manage the equipment status using dedicated software. You can choose to track only your most expensive assets or virtually every single piece of equipment. Status tags like “clean” or “occupied” let your staff know if the asset can be used. If the equipment inventory levels are not on par or the asset is leaving a certain area, an alarm is triggered, thus reducing the number of lost or stolen devices. The system is open, allowing you to track exactly the assets you need using cost-efficient Bluetooth technology. Calculate your hospital’s individual saving potential installing asset tracking with our ROI calculator.

Improving the patient flow increases your hospital capacity and enhances the patient experience at the same time. The patient’s journey starts at home with the ability to check in online. On the hospital campus, the patient is directly guided to the right parking area. In the hospital building itself, RTLS gives staff and visitors updates on the patient status and displays the wait times per patient on a dashboard. This knowledge allows your hospital to improve patient flow, reduce long waiting times in crowded rooms and increase your treatment capacity – for an overall better patient experience.

Navigating your way through a hospital can be complex for both visitors and patients. It even takes new staff members some time before they know their way in the facility. Wayfinding solutions help reduce lost time and stress for anyone less familiar with the facility. In addition, they can greatly enrich the existing signage since navigation information can be displayed in different languages.

Thanks to RTLS, patients and visitors reach their destination faster while hospital staff saves valuable time because they will not have to give directions so often.

Siemens Xcelerator – Accelerating the digital transformation

Siemens Xcelerator is our open digital business platform enabling efficiency, resiliency, flexibility, user experience, and sustainability. Making digital transformation easier, with faster time to market, and at scale.

It comprises:

  • a curated, modular portfolio of software and IOT-enabled hardware built on standard application programming interfaces and a range of services from Siemens and certified third parties
  • a growing ecosystem of partners – from solution vendors to technology partners
  • a marketplace, that will grow over time, as a central point to explore, educate, exchange and transact alongside a community of customers, partners, and developers

Let’s relieve your staff and protect your budget

Nursing staff spends an average of 72 minutes per shift searching for medical equipment amounting to an average cost of 5.000€ per bed and year. It’s time to change that: Sign-up to our Asset Tracking ROI Calculator and find out about your hospital's saving potential.

Asset Tracking ROI Calculator

Adjustable parameters

Number of beds Please fill-in number of beds in your hospital (up to 9999)

Number of assets per bed Please fill-in number of mobile equipment per bed that you would like to track (up to 25)

Nurses hourly rate Please fill-in your nursing staff’s average hourly rate, calculated using full salary incl. benefits (up to 100€)

The savings potential is an estimation based on comon hospital parameters. However, we do understand that every facility is different and that savings potentials can vary. Our experts can help you with calculating a more specific estimation tailored to your hospital's individual parameters.

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Details of the calculation

Adjustable Parameters
Number of beds
Number of assets per bed
Nurses hourly rate
Asset Utilization
Total number of assets
Current asset utilization
Utilization improvement potential
Divestment savings*
Maintenance costs savings*
Asset Shrinkage
Asset shrinkage per year
Savings on shrinkage*
Asset Utilization
Total number of nurses per day
Asset finding time per Nurse per day
Cost of asset finding per year
Improvement rate
Asset findings savings*
(* potential annual savings)