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UWB Technology

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UWB in iPhone, Apple Watch, and Against COVID-19: Everything You Need to Know About the Technology

With the increasing integration of ultra-wideband (UWB) sensors in consumer electronics like Samsung phones or Apple watches, UWB technology is poised to take over the localization market. Beyond consumer electronics, what are the advantages of UWB for industrial or retail applications? How can ultra-precise indoor positioning through cost-efficient UWB solutions like the KINEXON X‑Tag optimize supply chains, material flow, or industrial automation? Find out here.

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What Is Ultra-Wideband Technology (UWB)?

Ultra-wideband (UWB) is a radio-based communication technology for short-range use and fast and stable transmission of data. Thanks to its unrivaled precision, transmission speed, and reliability, UWB is often the technology of choice for indoor localization of moving assets in complex and space-sensitive environments.

UWB is considered the gold standard of indoor localization technologies thanks to its numerous advantages over comparable technologies such as RFID, BLE or WiFi. It is an ideal solution for location-based automation.

Why UWB? A Localization Technology Comparison

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Advantages of UWB as a Localization Solution

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High Transmission Speed

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Guaranteed Reliability

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High Accuracy

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Secure Against Interferences and Interception

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Parallel Operation with Other Technologies

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Low Power Consumption

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Large Bandwidth

Spotlight: Industry Challenges UWB Helps Solve

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High Search Times and Inefficiencies

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Lack of Documentation and Sustainability

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Error-Prone Manual Processes

KINEXON’s RTLS solutions and its powerful location-based automation software allow you to fully leverage the benefits of UWB.

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KINEXON & UWB-Standards

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Pioneering UWB-Solutions

KINEXON is a proud member of FiRa Consortium, UWB Alliance and Omlox, who promote the use of UWB and create standards for the technology.

UWB in Detail: Technical Specifications

From the first attempts to transmit messages wirelessly to the invention of the telemobiloscope” in 1902, today’s UWB technology looks back onto vast utilization for localization. 

Despite its long history, there are still countless of opportunities to leverage the technology’s potential. Unlike other technologies, it is not tied to any frequency. In addition, UWB can transmit data over an extremely wide frequency spectrum and can utilize unused frequency capacities. The UWB frequency range is at least 500 MHz. For comparison: WLAN channels are only about 1/​10th as wide.

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Facts & Figures

  • Frequency range: 3.110.6 GHz
  • Propagation speed: linear speed of light (0.3 m/​ns)
  • max. data rate: 480 Mbits/​s
  • max. transmission power: <1 mW
  • range: 10 – 200 m (32.8656.2 ft.) (depending on application)
  • Localization accuracy: 0.10.5 m (0.331.64 feet)
  • low susceptibility to interference (no interference with WLAN and ISM channels)
  • Localization via transit time procedure (ToF, Time of Flight“)

4 Ways to Locate via Ultra-Wideband

UWB combines very short impulses that move at the speed of light. The arrival time of the signal is measured precisely over a high bandwidth, thus determining the position of the transmitter with high precision. If there is visual contact, distances of up to 250 meters (820.2 feet) can be achieved. Depending on the requirements, one of the following methods for position calculation is used:

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