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A Challenger Appears: Why 2024 is the Year of Ultra-Wideband
Ultra-wideband (UWB) was once considered a niche but intriguing alternative to incumbent presence detection and tracking technologies, including radio-frequency identification (RFID), localization trackers and infrared sensors. Despite its unique advantages, the technology industry overlooked UWB until recently. Experts now project that UWB implementation will grow significantly, estimating UWB will have a higher compound annual growth rate (CAGR) than Wi-Fi or Bluetooth from 2023-2030, totaling 18 percent.
UWB ranging
The best-known use of UWB today is probably connected with smart phones. Those of you who own an iPhone 11 or later have a UWB module in your phone that can communicate with other UWB radios through a standard protocol known as IEEE 802.15.4z.
UWB sensing
Ultra-Wideband sensing is basically a radar that transmits electromagnetic pulses and listens for reflected echoes in much the same way as a traditional radar does. We can sense all objects inside a defined coverage area, but we are particularly good at detecting objects that move, even if the movement is very small.
(UWB) technology
The Ultra-Wideband or UWB story started two decades ago with FCC opening up for new technological wireless opportunities. In this note we address UWB opportunities and constraints and point out the challenges of implementing
functional UWB technology.
The challenge of robust human presence detection
Discovering presence of a person regardless of light conditions, weather and type of clothing has been addressed in several ways without robust solutions. Robust discovery of human presence by the unavoidable and tiny chest movement due to respiration is now feasible with the NOVELDA UWB radar.
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Radar Technology
The development of the NOVELDA UWB radar technology was a challenging endeavor requiring innovation based on deep understanding of radar fundamentals, signal processing and innovative engineering in modern digital technology (CMOS).