With the internet of things slowly becoming mainstream and inter-machine conversations becoming a daily reality, Decawave has developed a technology that can find your things exactly where it is using its location based solutions. And the company has already sold more than a million chips for various tagged objects.
This Ireland based semiconductor company’s solution can accurately locate tagged objects to a precision of 10 centimeters from a distance of 400 meters on line-of sight and from 40 meters on non-line-of sight mode.
Decawave is specializing in precise location and connectivity applications and uses impulse radio ultra-wideband (IR-UWB) technology in its location tracking chips. The company has reached a milestone with more than one million Decawave chips shipped.
“This achievement reflects the increasing demand for accurate micro-location solutions from end users and customers within Internet of Things (IoT), consumer and industrial markets. As more and more solutions are entering production, the growth is exponential,” the company said in a statement.
Decawave targets to reach five million units shipped by 2017 and aims to use this technology in automotive by then.
Decawave’s precise location and connectivity applications can identify the specific location of any object or person within a guaranteed indoor location accuracy of 10 cm. IR-UWB is becoming a key factor in the IoT market and is impacting how developers are taking devices and smart applications to the next level of context awareness. The increase in demand for accurate location-based applications is evident across sectors including consumer markets such as connected homes, phone accessories, drones and sports analytics; industrial with connected buildings, factory automation and healthcare, as well as automotive.
The industrial market has been the first market to leverage Decawave’s technology and several Decawave customer solutions are already in the field. Decawave has also created an ecosystem of industrial partners that includes 15 companies, which can deliver software, hardware or turn-key systems to end customers.
“The market for next generation indoor location technologies with improved accuracy is beginning to advance with solid use cases and adoption. UWB is clearly carving out its space, with ABI Research forecasting strong growth across a range of verticals,” said Patrick Connolly, Principal analyst at ABI Research. “The market opportunity is quite large and companies like Decawave that are leading the charge in UWB are well positioned to experience continued growth.”
The consumer products – some of which were presented at CES in January– are starting to ship now like the Pixie tags, which allow customers to accurately locate, protect and organize their valuables. In this segment, there will also be opportunities in access control, remote controls, connected light, home robot and trusted zones applications that leverage IR-UWB accuracy, reliability and immunity to relay attack schemes to grant or deny access to wireless-networks and connected devices.
“Two years after launching the technology, Decawave continues to gain traction with 1,800 customers across 68 countries using Decawave’s IR-UWB and an extra 70 to 80 new customers each month,” said Ciaran Connell, CEO of Decawave.