Ultra-Wideband, what can it do for me?

Nuria Ramos
28 Feb 2023 Blog
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Ultra-Wideband (UWB) is a fast, secure, low-power, short-range radio technology that enables communication and positioning between devices with some very powerful differentiating functionalities. UWB can provide accurate indoor and outdoor positioning with sub-10 cm precision. UWB measures how long it takes for a radio pulse to travel between devices providing a higher level of accuracy that outperforms other technologies. As the name suggests, UWB can use a wide range of frequencies, between 3.1 GHz to 10.6 GHz.

Where is UWB used today?

The key applications of UWB technology are largely centered around its excellent positioning and sensing capabilities, making it suitable for use in a variety of industries wherever accurate positioning, small form factors, as well as long battery life is required. Industries such as consumer electronics, building access control, healthcare, retail, and the automotive sector benefit from the features of UWB:

  • In the automotive sector, UWB can be used for hands-free vehicle access and personalization, enabling convenience and safety features such as keyless entry and ignition, remote parking, and vehicle tracking. Automotive safety features enabled by UWB include improved anti-theft protection systems, child position seat recognition, pedestrian and cyclist collision avoidance, and tire pressure monitoring system communications.
  • In consumer electronics, UWB can be used for hands-free access control, device-to-device communications, location-based services, and proximity detection and authentication.
  • In the building access control sector, UWB can be used to secure office buildings and other secure areas, as well as provide real-time indoor positioning and tracking of people and assets.
  • In the healthcare sector, UWB can be used for patient monitoring and tracking to improve patient care and safety.
  • Finally, in the retail sector, UWB can be used for inventory management and product tracking, as well as for customer tracking to provide personalized services.

The above diagram showcases some of the applications for UWB including access control to the parking area and keyless car access and ignition. The UWB sensors direct drivers to available parking slots and enable automated exit payments.

Where is UWB used today?

The UWB benefits cannot be realized without a reliable antenna. Thanks to the Virtual Antenna® technology’s versatility, broad bandwidth, and small size, optimized UWB communications can be easily done!

Want to have a more in-depth look at how Virtual Antenna® components perform within the UWB frequency range? Have a look at our Application Note. You can find it here.

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Nuria Ramos

Nuria Ramos is an Antenna Engineer at Ignion where she has a proven track record of providing end-to-end customer support through the IoT design journey using the Virtual Antenna® technology.…

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Javier Lopez named new Chief Financial Officer at Ignion

27 Feb 2023 News
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Veteran Global Finance Executive strengthens Leadership Team

 

Sant Cugat del Vallès, Barcelona, 27 February 2023 – Ignion, a Barcelona-based IoT antenna innovator, today announced the appointment of Javier Lopez to Chief Financial Officer and Board Member as of February 1, 2023. Mr. Lopez will be responsible for leading the company’s global Finance, HR, IT, Legal, Investor Relations, and Procurement teams. Javier is a high-impact senior executive with vast CFO and finance transformation experience.

 

“Javier is a proven global CFO with a solid track record of delivering results leading the optimization and development of global finance operations, as well as implementing major strategic programs and improving business performance. After a rigorous search process, we are excited to welcome him to the Ignion team,” said Jaap Groot, Ignion’s CEO. “He brings a unique mix of start-up and multi-national enterprise leadership that will serve us well as we continue our stable growth trajectory.”

 

“I’m thrilled to join Ignion, the world leader in IoT Virtual Antenna® products, to continue building a strong foundation for Ignion’s ongoing growth, innovation, and impact in our community. It is a unique opportunity to be part of what will be one of the most disruptive businesses this decade.”

 

Lopez began his professional career with General Electric where he spent almost 17 years in various senior finance executive and management roles at GE Capital and GE Plastics mainly across EMEA and USA. After holding a global head of finance position at Standard Chartered Bank leading teams in EMEA, USA, and Asia, Javier was Group CFO at ID Finance, an online lending fintech focused on Europe and Latam. Also, in Latam, he served as Group CFO at Pay Retailers, an online payments fintech.  In these two fintech companies, Javier delivered growth, profitability, and sustainability of the businesses transforming them from start-up companies into corporate companies.

 

Javier holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from Instituto Químico de Sarrià (IQS), and an MBA from ESADE Business School. Javier has been a guest speaker in the Executive MBA at IESE Business School covering lending and payments at Fintechs, and he also acts as a Mentor at ESADE Business School.

 

About Ignion 

Founded in Barcelona, Spain, as an independent antenna product business in 2015, the Virtual Antenna® technology is already embedded in more than 30 million IoT devices worldwide. Ignion has assembled a leading R&D and engineering team to make RF easier and more predictable using their revolutionary antenna products and ground-breaking cloud services that meet the ever-evolving requirements of IoT wireless connectivity.

Ignion has corporate offices in Spain, USA, and China as well as several strategic partnerships with the leading module makers and transceiver OEM’s.

 

Press contact: mary.miller@ignion.io