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UWB apps to extend to enterprises, study finds

Posted: 19 Jul 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:ultra-wideband? abi research? handheld communications? wireless? uwb?

Ultra-wideband (UWB) technology will prove useful for many enterprise applications as well as for consumer use, a study released Wednesday by ABI Research maintains.

In addition, while the technology is currently the subject of a standards battle, having a single standard is not necessary for many applications, the study concluded.

Ultrawideband provides wireless communications within five to ten meters of the device. As such, it is widely discussed as a cable replacement for end user applications. However, the technology also is a fit for more enterprise-focused applications such as placing rear-facing UWB sensors on construction vehicles to detect obstacles, the report noted. In addition, the military is examining UWB for handheld communications in combat.

Such applications don't require the technology to have a single standard, the report concluded.

"In niche segments such as the government and the military, and in applications such as localization where interoperability across devices and networks is less important than just solving the problem that exists, standardization can take a back seat," Alan Varghese, ABI's senior director of semiconductor research, said in a statement.


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