Mobile apps and GPS location technologies continue to be the talk of the mobile world, and at this year’s Mobile World Congress 2016, the world’s biggest and most influential mobile event, it was no different.
This year, Nokia took location technologies a step farther than the typical GPS solutions and demonstrated a solution that showcased highly accurate indoor location positioning. Using Decawave’s Ultra-Wideband (UWB) wireless micro-location technology paired with Quantitec, a RTLS indoor positioning company, Nokia offered a live demo of technology that tracked the location in real-time of booth staff as they walked around their booth. Such capability was very convenient to quickly direct visitors to one of the 70 staff members on the 3000m2 floor.
So how does this technology go beyond GPS’ capabilities and how you can follow people’s movements as they move around the packed show?
Unlike the standard and more popular location solutions such as cellular, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, UWB technology measures distances and locations much more accurately and is known especially for its indoor location accuracy, which GPS and Bluetooth typically cannot achieve.
Quantitec uses its indoor-positioning system, Intranav, foraccurate localization and connectivity capabilities. Intranav combines the benefits of inertial sensor and radio-based Decawave technology to deliver micro-location-based services into its solution. Quantitec has integrated Decawave‘s UWB wireless technology for precise location and connectivity applications that can identify the specific location of any object or person within a guaranteed indoor location accuracy of 10 cm.
By combining Decawave’s and Quantitiec’s solutions, the location sensing technology accuracy improves to an accuracy of 5 cm. For the demo, each staff member had a UWB chip, and their movements are tracked by locator devices mounted to the wall or ceiling at the booth.
What makes the Nokia demo unique is that Intranav is running over LTE. The software is deployed in its 5G LTE Antenna's (Liquid Application) secure Edge Cloud, and the back-end location data is transmitted to the server over LTE. Nokia is looking to make a strong focus on next-generation networks, and this LTE indoor location solution is a first step in bringing even more location accuracy to smartphones and mobile devices.
Decawave uses micro-location ultra-wideband technology to locate any object within 10cm – a level of precision never achieved before. Compliant to the IEEE802.15.4a standard, the chip also has a data communications rate of 6.8 Mbps in wireless sensor networks (WSN); and can operate in low-power situations in line-of-sight and non-line-of-sight applications. The technology can be used in a range of applications by developers of indoor positioning systems, location-based services, Internet of Things and WSN.
Decawave was recently named the winner of Nokia’s Open Innovation Challenge for its unique micro-location technology bringing value to the IoT market, and this demo was a unique opportunity to build on that momentum and demonstrate the application of its technology.
This was an exciting opportunity for us to partner together with two great companies dedicated to thinking outside of the typical location navigation mindset. The possibility for enhancing the location technology solutions in mobile applications is endless, and we are looking forward to further collaboration with Quantitec and Nokia in the future.