Decawave Technology Hits a Home Run at Microsoft Localization Competition

DUBLIN, IRELAND--(Marketwired - Apr 26, 2016) - Decawave, specializing in precise location and connectivity applications, reached another important milestone for its ultra-wideband (UWB) technology in the 2016 Microsoft Indoor Localization Competition. Eleven of 20 competitors used Decawave technology in their 3D radio-based location solution with several placing in the top-five performance results. This is the second year for Decawave to sweep this competition with its Ultra-Wideband technology with even better results than last year's when three of 23 competitors used Decawave.

This industry-wide competition was organized to bring together indoor location technologies and compare performance, real-time capabilities and demonstrate accuracy in indoor environments. Decawave partner Quantitec,

a RTLS indoor positioning company, scored with an accuracy of 23cm in 3D applications. Hangzhou Sunsend Info Tech Co. Ltd., specializing in intelligent buildings and computer systems integration, finished with an accuracy of 29cm.

Quantitec's indoor-positioning system, Intranav combines the benefits of inertial sensors and radio-based Decawave technology to deliver micro-location-based services into its solution for precise location and connectivity applications. The win comes on the heels of an impressive joint demonstration of the Quantitec and Decawave technology by Bosch COO Dr. Werner Struth in his keynote demo at Bosch Connected World.

"The Decawave chip is providing a very accurate and reliable raw data. But in challenging environments like this competition, Quantitec's ability to fuse the information from inertial sensors with the information from the Decawave technology was the key to our success." said Ersan Genes, Quantitec CTO.

Hangzhou Sunsend Info Tech Co. Ltd focuses on location technology for intelligent buildings and computer system integrations for use in affordable customer turnkey solutions such as in shopping malls, hospital, warehouses, manufacturing companies, schools, and employees in dangerous environments. "Our success in the competition is a step toward advancing the indoor localization field," notes M. Lou, CTO of Hangzhou Sunsend. "Aided by Decawave, we are able to develop systems offering a balance in cost, power consumption and capacity."

"A big thank-you to all participants for joining the competition and for all their efforts to make the most out of Decawave technology, remarked Mickael Viot, Decawave vice president of marketing. "The eleven competitors using Decawave technology gained impressive results under difficult conditions. We are glad to see customers, partners and researchers push the technology to reach new heights as this year's location accuracy showed a 40 percent improvement over last year while in 3D versus 2D."

For the full results of the Competition, visit http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/events/msindoorloccompetition2016/

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