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Every once in a while a new technology arises that promises to revolutionize the way things are done. Not only does it increase our current capacities, it also makes the future more exciting while requiring less struggle.
One of the latest of such innovations is the ultra wide band technology. Even though the future of UWB is incredibly exciting, it is already extremely popular at the present moment and already changing the possibilities of what we can achieve with our devices.
Understandably, despite its importance, not many people have an in-depth understanding of the ultra wideband revolution for real-time location systems. To remedy this, we have provided a comprehensive guide below explaining everything you need to know about this promising innovation.
Ultra wideband can also be put to great use in indoor positioning and location tracking. Again, thanks to its accuracy, UWB location systems can be used to precisely track objects and people.
Companies and individuals can use UWB location systems to track assets, navigate indoor environments smoothly, and enable proximity-based access control. For instance, workers in a manufacturing facility can keep up with each other’s movements better and more precisely through the ultra wide band tech.
An ultra-wideband tag (also known as UWB tag) is a small device that utilizes UWB technology to facilitate smooth and accurate communication with other UWB devices. You will find UWB tags in use in a range of applications, most popularly location tracking, asset management and other applications that have to do with high precision ranging and localization.
How do UWB tags work? Well, to put it simply, they work by transmitting short, low-power pulses across a broad range of frequencies. In terms of real-world use, you can make use of these tags, for example, as a way of monitoring your assets in a manufacturing facility, or even in facilitating contactless payments on payment gateways.
Apart from the superiority in size of data that can be transferred across each channel, ultra-wideband is also superior to Bluetooth and wi-fi in terms of the speed of data transfer. Wi-fi, for instance, usually doesn’t exceed a speed of up to a few hundred megabits per second, while Bluetooth is capped at about a few megabits per seconds.
Ultra-wideband sensors, on the other hand, can transfer data at a rate of up to several gigabits per second.
One of the most impressive parts of using ultra wideband is the fact that it can function appropriately even in the presence of environmental obstacles. That said, one of the external conditions that UWB struggles with is smoke.
Smoke can alter the performance of the technology because fundamentally it still makes use of the radio spectrum and radio waves which can be absorbed, reflected or scattered by smoke.
In some cases, UWB accuracy may still be high even in the presence of smoke. Some of the factors that can impact just how effectively the technology performa under this condition include the density of the smoke, the power of the UWB transmitter, and the frequency of the UWB system.