Huntsville, AL October 11, 2017 — Incorporated in 2002, this month marks Q-Track’s fifteenth anniversary – fifteen years of developing and providing innovative indoor location systems. The company began in the garage of co-founder Bob DePierre. Bob’s dining room housed the engineering and design facility, his living room was a conference room, his laundry room became a test lab, his garage housed the prototyping shop, and Bob’s driveway hosted the first proof-of-concept experiments. As the company secured investments and began to secure initial development contracts, Q-Track moved into the Biztech business incubator. Q-Track expanded to our current Drake Avenue facility in 2012.
Q-Track is the pioneer in near-field electromagnetic ranging or “NFER®” technology. This unique low-frequency, near-field approach to precision indoor location required considerable innovation to deliver a successful and reliable implementation. Efficient electrically-small antennas an incredibly small 0.00005 wavelengths in dimension made Q-Track’s compact low-frequency indoor location tags possible. Additional advances in antenna design and miniaturization have led to ever smaller transmit tags. Today, Q-Track’s QT-64X series tags, for instance, are IP-67 compliant (dust and waterproof for industrial or military applications). They deliver 16 inch (40 cm) location accuracy, and they work over -20 to +60 degrees C, at 40 updates per second or even faster.
Early experiments used large antennas – eight foot dipole antennas and four-foot-diameter loops. More sophisticated antennas, and custom-designed high-performance receivers have driven a continuing cycle of size reduction and performance enhancement over the past fifteen years.
The low-frequency, long-wavelength characteristics of Q-Track’s NFER® technology make it the preferred indoor location solution for many of the most difficult and challenging industrial applications. Over the years, Q-Track location systems have delivered 40cm accuracy in a wide variety of settings including prisons, military training facilities, nuclear plants, underground tunnels and mines, and even dairy farms.
This month, Q-Track will continue celebrating some notable past successes, as well as share exciting news about our most recent achievements and accomplishments.
Q-Track Corporation (www.Q-Track.com) offers solutions that provide “Knowing Where, Anywhere” for a growing range of industrial real-time location applications. The company’s patented Near-Field Electromagnetic Ranging (NFER®) systems employ a unique low-frequency, long-wavelength radio signal to achieve highly accurate (40 cm mean accuracy) indoor location results even in complicated non-line-of-sight environments. NFER® Real Time Location Systems enable “Dosimulation™,” a radiation worker training system deployed in a quarter of U.S. nuclear plants. Q-Track also offers proximity detection and collision avoidance systems that protect people from cranes, robotic material handling equipment, and forklifts at a variety of manufacturing plants nationwide, as well as location systems that enhance military training by precisely locating soldiers in training ranges extending through multiple buildings and across tens of thousands of square meters (hundreds of thousands of square feet).
Q-Track is a privately-held company located in Huntsville, AL. The company’s research and development was supported by private investors and funding from the Department of Homeland Security, the National Science Foundation, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and the National Institutes for Health.
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