A Finnish company launches a new, cost-effective indoor positioning solution and disrupts the exponentially growing location services market
February 20, 2019 -- Location services is a rapidly growing solution for Bluetooth technology. The market is expected to reach close to 400 million products by 2022, according to the Bluetooth Special Interest Group.
Indoor positioning, part of location services, is focused on solutions and applications that enable positioning with very high level, up to sub-1 meter, of accuracy. Indoor location systems are used to locate people or objects inside a building with the help of e.g. radio waves, acoustic signals and other sensory information, like Bluetooth signals, collected through mobile devices.
Indoor Positioning a US$ 41 Billion Market by 2022
Accelerated by advances in technology and increasing amount of application areas, the global indoor positioning market is expected to increase almost six-fold from US$ 7.1 Billion to US$ 41 Billion by 2022, according to a global forecast by MarketsandMarkets Inc.
Up until now indoor positioning has required large investments thus making them available to few companies. With the help of CoreHW RABBIT (Rotating Antenna for Bluetooth Beacon and Internet of Things) solution, high bearing accurate indoor positioning solutions are now within reach of many.
Cost-Effective Indoor Positioning Solution Expands Applications Areas and Possibilities
CoreHW RABBIT is designed for the recently added direction-finding feature in Bluetooth technology, which makes it possible for Bluetooth devices to determine the direction of a Bluetooth signal transmission. CoreHW RABBIT is optimized specifically for Bluetooth 5.1 Angle of Arrival (AoA) and Angle of Departure (AoD) positioning application. This new technology enables centimeter-level positioning accuracy.
In addition to accurate indoor positioning for example at malls or factories, the solution can be used in asset tracking, location-based advertising, Point of Interest, navigation systems, and aftermarket automotive applications.
The components needed to take full advantage of Bluetooth AoA/AoD are a Bluetooth 5.1 capable transceiver, phase accurate switch and antenna array. The unique RF switch developed by CoreHW features 16 phase matched antenna ports, which can be used to drive single-ended or differential antennas.
Customized Positioning Systems Highly Accurate in Real Life Conditions
”We are excited to launch CoreHW RABBIT, which will revolutionize the indoor positioning market in the future”, says Mr. Tomi-Pekka Takalo, CEO and Partner of Finland-based CoreHW.
“With the help of CoreHW’s RF switch combined with the enhanced Bluetooth properties, our customers can build a highly accurate and tailored indoor positioning system with a fraction of cost compared to the previous solutions. The application areas and possibilities to use this technology are almost limitless”, Takalo continues.
As CoreHW’s goal is to be a one-stop partner for their customers, the company also provides custom antenna design service in addition to providing antenna reference designs and positioning algorithms.
CoreHW provides world class RF IC turnkey solutions, IP, and design services. Its competences cover Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits (RF, Analog, Mixed Signal and Digital), RF front end, Antennas as well as Application and System Design. CoreHW creates exclusive ASIC solutions with its broad IP portfolio and partner network.
Learn more about the company: www.corehw.com