The FiRa Consortium promotes the "fine range" capabilities of UWB technology
For the security market, the "fine range" capabilities of ultra-wideband (UWB) technology open a range of new uses based on the ability to determine the relative position and distance of two UWB-equipped devices with pinpoint accuracy, in centimeters.
UWB is more accurate and secure, even in challenging environments full of interference, compared to narrowband wireless technologies. UWB technology transmits a large amount of data over short distances using a small amount of energy. It will be used in uninterrupted access control, location-based services and device-to-device services in all industries, including smart homes, cities, retail services and medical care.
Increasing the accuracy of range measurements
UWB technology will support any application that benefits from knowing the precise location of a connected device. Ultra-broadband is a mature radio technology that transmits information distributed over a large bandwidth, as described in the IEEE 802.154 standard. A new and improved amendment to the standard – IEEE 802.15.4z – focuses on improvements to existing modulations to increase the integrity and accuracy of range measurements.
In the future, UWB technology will support any application that benefits from knowing the precise location or presence of a connected device or object. This reflects a movement from data communication to secure detection.
UWB's new capabilities are unfamiliar to the market, but a new Consortium, the FiRa Consortium, has the mission of educating the market, providing use cases and promoting UWB technology.
Providing interoperability between devices
"With a consortium, we can offer better interoperability between devices, software and chipsets," says Ramesh Songukrishnasamy, Director and Treasurer of the FiRa Consortium, and SVP and CTO of HID Global. “This creates a frictionless experience for the user, which is vitally important with a new technology. People are more likely to adopt emerging technology when it works without interruptions or errors. "
The FiRa consortium is ensuring that new use cases for powerful capabilities can thrive. "
An industry consortium can create a UWB ecosystem of interoperable technologies instead of individual companies that launch products that consumers struggle to work together, says Songukrishnasamy. "Simply, the FiRa consortium is ensuring that new use cases for powerful capabilities can thrive."
Founding members of the FiRa consortium
ASSA ABLOY and HID Global, pioneers in secure access and identity solutions, are founding members of the consortium. Its technology manages access to places, things and physical and digital identities. Another founding member of the consortium, NXP Semiconductors, is a pioneer in secure connectivity solutions for integrated applications.
Other founding members are Samsung, which creates televisions, smartphones, portable devices and other connected frontline devices; and the Bosch Group, a global provider of technology and services that is at the forefront of IoT innovations. Sony Imaging Products & Solutions Inc., LitePoint and the Telecommunications Technology Association (TTA) are the first companies to join the newly formed organization.
Immune to radio frequency interference
UWB is also immune to radio frequency interference, so it works in high traffic environments. The fine range with UWB technology can locate devices and objects at 10 centimeters precision with or without line of sight. UWB is also immune to radio frequency interference, so it works in high traffic environments. These capabilities will allow a variety of use cases such as secure and hands-free access control in hospitals, location-based services for travel sharing and targeted marketing for retailers. FiRa will demonstrate UWB technology at upcoming trade shows.
The FiRa Consortium aims to build on the work of IEEE with an interoperable high-speed physical layer (HRP) standard, including the definition of an application layer that discovers UWB devices and services and configures them in an interoperable manner. The consortium also plans to develop service-specific protocols for multiple verticals and define the necessary parameters for applications that include physical access control, location-based services and device-to-device services.
Promoting the adoption of UWB solutions
As a consortium, FiRa not only sets standards but actively defends the use cases of UWB technology. The creation of the consortium addresses the need to develop interoperability and implementation standards; brings together key players to create a rich UWB ecosystem; allows to share intellectual property; and promotes the adoption of UWB solutions.
The FiRa Consortium is committed to educating and promoting new use cases "
"Since UWB is a mature technology with potential new uses, there is a general lack of knowledge of the potential applications that leverage technology," says Songukrishnasamy. "The FiRa Consortium is committed to educating and promoting new use cases." The FiRa name comes from Fine Ranging to highlight the use cases of UWB technology and the distinction of older UWB technologies and solutions.
Enhanced security in challenging environments
The fine range powered by UWB can outperform other technologies in terms of accuracy, power consumption, robustness in wireless connectivity and security, especially in challenging high-density environments. UWB previously served as a technology for high-speed data communication and, as such, competed directly with Wi-Fi. Since then, UWB has undergone several transformations:
UWB has evolved from an OFDM-based data communication to a pulse radio technology specified in IEEE 802.15.4a (2ns pulses with flight time); Y
A security extension that is specified in IEEE 802.15.4z (at PHY / MAC level) makes it a unique and secure fine-range technology.
Moving from data communication to a safe range allows the & # 39; spatial context capability & # 39; be used by a variety of applications: continuous access control, location-based services and device-to-device services (peer-to-peer). Information is available at firaconsortium.org.
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