KINEXON Launches the World's Most Cost-Efficient UWB Sensor For Unprecedented IoT Use Cases
KINEXON makes industrial connectivity and ultra-precise indoor-localization available for the mass market at a price point comparable to RFID and BLE solutions: With the X‑Tag, the company now offers the world’s most cost-efficient UWB-sensor for the industrial Internet of Things.
Companies can deploy the X‑Tag for previously unfeasible IoT-applications and increase their productivity in production and logistics – from Search & Find and Track & Trace to automated material flow or assembly tool control. The smart X‑Tag delivers ultra-precise data in the most cost-efficient way so companies can significantly reduce their amortization times and achieve an up to 50% higher ROI at the same time. The key to KINEXON’s innovation is its software-based approach. It reduces the complexity on the hardware side to a minimum and enables the company to offer the X‑Tag for up to 90% less than competing UWB solutions. Leading companies in the automotive and aerospace industries are already implementing the X‑Tag within their smart factory initiatives. The X‑Tag is available for purchase or within a 2‑year subscription-based “as a service” model.
Location data as key to 80% of industrial IoT Use Cases
Digital transformation is more important to companies than ever. A recent study of Aberdeen and Panasonic showed that 70% of companies are enforcing their digitalization even more due to the pandemic. One challenge remains: around 80% of IoT-use cases rely on location data from assets in the production process, including tools, AGVs, parts, or containers. In choosing a localization solution, companies had to decide between precision and price to date: RFID and BLE used to be less cost-intensive but were only useful for few applications due to their low precision and range. UWB is considered the gold standard of indoor localization due to its precision, security, and scalability. The high cost of UWB solutions used to prevent a fast ROI and profitable large-scale applications.
X‑Tag enables connectivity and precise indoor-localization of industrial assets for the mass market
With the X‑Tag, this dilemma is now a thing of the past. As the most cost-efficient industrial UWB sensor, it is up to 90% more affordable than other currently available UWB tags. The key to this innovation lies in in KINEXON’s software defined approach and intelligent sensor network algorithms that reduce the complexity of hardware to a minimum. In addition to the option of a one-time purchase, KINEXON offers its customers n subscription-based “as a service” model, where the monthly fee per sensor is below the cost of a stamp.
Higher ROI and fast amortization enable connectivity for all things
Lower overall costs allow companies to leverage the full power of localization data. For the first time, they can feasibly implement new smart factory and logistics use cases, from Search & Find and Track & Trace to automated material flow or assembly tool control. The mass market availability of UWB technology is a forceful disruption of the indoor localization market.
“The X‑Tag renders connectivity and precise localization as easy and cost-efficient as putting a stamp on an envelope. From now on, companies can finally track their assets feasibly and quickly profit from the value localization data adds.”
The mass-market readiness of the X‑Tag represents a quantum leap for the digital twin, as companies can precisely track higher counts of even smaller assets for various applications. It has never been easier to connect assets and achieve full transparency and traceability of material flow across the warehouses and shop floors of this world.
First implementations at leading companies in the automotive and aerospace industries
A select number of companies in the automotive and aerospace industries are already profiting from the powerful X‑Tag.
“With the X‑Tag, KINEXON opens up completely new applications for us in the field of localization using UWB technology. With their product innovation, we can drive digitalization at Continental even more profitably. The cost-effective X‑Tag makes it possible to exploit the advantages of UWB on a large scale: We benefit from high-precision data and faster ROI at the same time.”
KINEXON’s IoT software converts location data into optimized and automated processes
With KINEXON RIoT, KINEXON offers the corresponding IoT software and analytics capabilities to turn X‑Tag data into a digital twin, and from there on into optimized and automated processes. The award-winning platform is already in use at various blue chip companies, including BMW and Continental.
“KINEXON RIoT is a powerful real-time software for all moving assets. It connects all data on the shop floor, no matter their technology or interface. The platform enables companies to convert their physical shop floor into a digital twin. Based on this digital twin, RIoT offers modular functions to capture, optimize, and automate operating processes in real time. The insights gain can benefit countless other applications and systems, such as ERP WMS, and MES.“
KINEXON expands its footprint in the Swiss National League by providing tracking and analysis to HC Ambrì-Piotta
With the Swiss professional ice hockey club HC Ambrì-Piotta, another club relies on intelligent live tracking & performance analysis technology from KINEXON. The team led by head coach Luca Cereda joins SC Rapperswil-Jona Lakers as one of the first in the National League to use small UWB KINEXON player sensors to analyze data on skating speed, time on ice, power, acceleration, miles traveled on ice and more in real time. It’s the same technology that is increasingly used in the US American NHL, NBA and NFL, as well as German professional leagues.
VfL Wolfsburg to become first club to equip women's and junior teams with same sports analytics setup as men's pros
Live player tracking is now also used in women’s and youth football. German Bundesliga football club VfL Wolfsburg is investing in the latest real-time tracking technology from KINEXON. Beginning in the 2021/2022 season, all teams from women’s and men’s professional to the U14 junior team are equipped with the latest GNSS-based KINEXON PERFORM live tracking and analysis solution.
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EBI partners with KINEXON for leading Distance Monitoring & Contact Tracing Solution
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KINEXON Wins 2021 IoT Sensor Innovation of the Year Award
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Oerlikon Expands Use of World-Leading Digital Solution for Contact Warning & Tracing
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IoT Solutions for Next Generation Factory Automation & More Resilience: KINEXON Joins the AWS Partner Network
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EIB Invests €15 Million Into KINEXON to Scale Its IoT Technology
Ambroise Fayolle, EIB Vice-President: “At the EIB, we strive to support companies that shape the future. KINEXON is such a company and given how they seized the opportunity to make use of their knowledge and expertise during the COVID-crisis, I am thrilled that we can bolster their creativity and vision with EIB financing.”