Often it is necessary to track moving objects on horizontal paths. Human error and the associated cost and dangers of
using humans lead to a requirement to automate this task. The system presented here was designed, built and tested. The
system uses an IR beacon and a microcontroller receiver/controller module. The design consists of a field programmable
gate array (FPGA) based IR transmitter and a microcontroller based IR receiver/controller. The design consisted of two
main parts, the transmitter (beacon) and the receiver/controller module. The receiver was implemented with a FPGA so
that the characteristics of the beacon signal could be adjusted more quickly and with greater precision. The controller
module was integrated with the receivers and detailed system integration tests were performed. Measurements were
collected, recorded and analyzed.