Article originally published by Eva-Marie Costello, Enterprise Ireland – Mountain View
Decawave, a global leader in ultra-wideband (UWB) semiconductor space, was recently named the Nokia Open Innovation Challenge winner for its ‘Sense the WHERE’ capability. This prestigious award recognizes innovators and experts in IoT and Decawave came out on top of the hundreds of applicants. Since late last year Decawave have been making headlines and recently created a huge stir at CES in Las Vegas this January. They were categorized as one of the top 7 amazing start-ups showcasing products at CES.
CES kicked off with an opening keynote from Intel and to add to the hype, Decawave debuted a live demo of the first connected air orchestra. Intel had performers control virtual instruments through location sensors that were embedded in the performer’s wristbands. Decawave’s UWB micro-location technology meant that the music appeared out of thin air through the position and movement of the performers’ hands. This musical performance was the first of its kind and made CES history!
Decawave debuting their technology at the opening Intel keynote
Decawave technology was also showcased in a Jaguar F-Pace vehicle at the event. In the Jaguar vehicle DecaWave demonstrated the effortless transition between connected home, connected car and connected objects. DecaWave’s wireless technology for precise locations means that it can identify the specific location of any object within an accuracy of 10cm, coupled with more than 99% reliability. We can expect more to come in the future as Decawave and Jaguar Land Rover announced a strategic partnership with the goal to further enhance the driver experience, offering a range of navigation, safety, security and convenience benefits.
And that’s not all, Decawave was also a part of the Spalding and ShotTracker multi-year partnership announced at CES. Decawave’s chip technology is used in the ShotTracker system, it is made up of three different components which all communicate among each other to track ball movement and player location. The ShotTracker enabled Spalding basketball is connected to portable sensors located around the court and a small tag is also placed on the Player’s shoe. A shot chart is created in real-time which automatically tracks all moves on the court. A revolution for the sports industry and broadcasters as current statistics systems require several days of post processing.
Decawave’s chip technology demonstrated in the ShotTracker system
Decawave’s unique micro-location technology is bringing real value to the IoT market at a competitive cost, very low power usage and with high levels of precision and reliability. The company has gained interest from over 2500 firms globally and has a continuous growing presence worldwide.