Preparing for Installation
In This Chapter
Defining your test model
Selecting a vendor
Conducting the prepilot test
Running the pilot test
Implementing a full RTLS involves a significant amount of money and procedural changes throughout an organization. Having a deployment plan that works is essential; you don’t want to waste money or find yourself backtracking to correct critical errors that could have been prevented with a little planning.
This chapter tells you the right questions to ask and provides the framework for running a pilot test to ensure that you’re up and running with your RTLS as quickly and easily as possible.
Adopting a Test Model
Before you deploy an RTLS, you must figure out one very important thing: Will it work?
No single test model answers this question, and your particular experience will vary based on many factors, including availability and skill set of your own internal resources, sense of project urgency, support of decision-makers, and project complexity.
Generally speaking, though, the following four steps can help you determine the right technology and vendor:
1. Select a list of suitable technologies.
2. Select a list of suitable vendors.
3. Conduct a prepilot test to evaluate multiple vendors and make the final selection.
4. Conduct a pilot test before full deployment.