Place the anchors high and in line-of-sight of the user
Spread the anchors around the user, never place them in a straight line
Place the anchors vertically with the antenna at the bottom. Cables will be attached from the top and the Pozyx logo is readable.
Keep the anchors away from metal
For 3D positioning: place the anchors at different heights
Rule 1: Place the anchors high and in line-of-sight of the user
The first rule is straightforward: placing the anchor high (on the ceiling or walls) increases the chance of receiving a good signal because there are fewer obstructions. As stated in the previous article on obstacles, obstructions harm the accuracy of the range measurements which has a direct effect on the positioning accuracy.
Rule 2: Spread the anchors around the user, never place them in a straight line
For range-based systems, single range measurements will only give information in a single direction. This direction is exactly the direction from the tag to the anchor. Because of this, it is best to spread the anchors such that they cover all directions. Placing all the anchors in a straight line will produce a positioning error. A small change in radius will result in a very large change in the position of the intersection(s). In other words, the error on the range measurements is amplified. This is the same principle as in GPS, where it is called the geometric dilution of precision (GDOP).
Rule 3: Place the anchors vertically with the antenna at the top
The Pozyx system uses wireless ultra-wideband signals for positioning which requires an antenna. The monopole antenna on the Pozyx devices radiates omnidirectionally in the xz-plane, but doesn't radiate as well along the y-axis. In order to have the best possible reception, it is recommended to place the anchor vertically with the antenna at the bottom, the Pozyx logo should be readable. Note that the same is true for the Pozyx tags.
Rule 4: Keep the anchors away from metal
When you place an anchor directly on a metal plate, the metal will affect the antenna behavior. It is advised to keep a distance of 20cm clear from the antenna with metal. The antenna itself is a metal conductor that is carefully designed to radiate on the UWB frequencies. Any metal nearby will reduce the antenna's efficiency or will make the antenna less omnidirectional and less predictable.
Rule 5: For 3D positioning: place the anchors at different heights
If the user and the anchors are all in the same horizontal plane, it is not possible to have good accuracy for height (it is the same principle of GDOP as in rule 2). So it is recommended to place the anchors at different heights if three-dimensional positioning is desirable.
When done right, the Pozyx ultra-wideband system reaches a precision of 10 to 30 cm. Want to see the tips in action? These videos explain step by step how to position the anchors for maximum accuracy.