Dublin’s DecaWave deploys 1m IoT chips globally

26 Jul 2016

Decawave chips make discovery of people or objects, even indoors, accurate to within 10cm

Dublin chip firm DecaWave revealed that it has shipped 1m internet of things chips that are capable of finding anything to within 10 centimetres.

DecaWave’s micro-location technology offers IR-UWB (Impulse Radio – Ultra Wide Band) technology for precise location and connectivity applications – such as locating an object or a person – to an indoor location accuracy of 10cm. This technology is considered vital for internet of things (IoT), consumer and industrial markets.

Growth is exponential and DecaWave has targets to reach 5m units shipped in the course of 2017.

‘Two years after launching the technology, DecaWave continues to gain traction with 1,800 customers across 68 countries’

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.

Location, location, location

Chips enabled with IR-UWB can be used in location-based applications in a variety of sectors including smart/connected homes, phone accessories, drones and sports analytics, as well as industrial settings with connected buildings, factory automation and healthcare.

At CES, DecaWve highlighted ShotTracker and the first multiplayer basketball-tracking technology solution. Its chips can also be used in vehicles and DecaWave said that its technology will be embedded in cars in 2017.

An example of this was showcased in Jaguar’s connected car demo at CES, and DecaWave’s technology was also featured in a demo with Pixie and enabled the Intel air orchestra show during the keynote.

DecaWave’s partner, Quantitec, showed its real-time location systems (RTLS) indoor positioning at Nokia’s booth at Mobile World Congress. At the Bosch Connected World expo, the technology was featured in the company’s advanced localisation technology, as a key element of a track and trace solution.

“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 CEO Ciaran Connell.

“This is phenomenal and shows our commitment as well as market interest and future demand. We’re thrilled that UWB is finally seeing market momentum. We know its potential and now our customers are experiencing it as well.”

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John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years