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Local positioning systems are able to track physical assets or people. Such systems can help, but are not limited to, factory automation, asset management. However, it is not easy to apply such systems at the factory level because they are limited by the challenging environment (e.g., obstacles and hostile environment). Advanced wireless technologies provide a chance to make such applications possible. One of the possible technologies is the ZigBee technology, whereas a brief review of the technology and specification of which is presented in this paper. Since the wireless local positioning systems could be represented as a sensor network, multi-agent system would be a good candidate to model such systems. In this connection, an agent-based wireless local positioning system with ZigBee technology is proposed in this paper. Based on this system, some applications are suggested.
Date of Publication: June 2010