10 July 2018
Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) Announcement
- Nanotron and DecaWave agree to combine and jointly promote industry-leading hardware, platforms and solutions to develop innovative micro-location applications
- Agreement accelerates nanotron’s time-to-market with location control solutions by 9 to 12 months while reducing anticipated R&D spend
- Combining nanotron’s long-range Chirp radio location technology with DecaWave’s UltraWide band location controllers empowers the parties to serve a rapidly-growing, multi-billiondollar market with diverse applications
Sensera Limited (ASX: SE1, “Sensera” or “the Company”), an Internet of Things (IoT) solution provider that delivers sensor-based products transforming real-time data into meaningful information, action and value, is pleased to announce that its wholly owned subsidiary nanotron Technologies GmbH and DecaWave have signed an IP License and Co-operation Agreement, which will enable the development of next-generation micro-location technologies.
Nanotron is licensing its patented IP (Intellectual Property), namely symmetrical double-sided two-way ranging (SDS-TWR). This technology is being used with DecaWave’s integrated circuits, including its DW1000 ultra-wideband (UWB) location chip. SDS-TWR stabilises precise ranging over the entire temperature and supply voltage range independent of the underlying radio technology, which is invaluable for all ranging-based micro-location use cases.
Micro-location is a rapidly-growing, multi-billion-dollar market, with applications in areas as diverse as indoor navigation for shoppers, location-based services, healthcare, logistics and security. DecaWave’s technology enables location to be determined within an extremely tight range of only 10cm.
Dr. Jens Albers, CEO of nanotron, said:
“DecaWave has developed industry-leading Ultra-Wide Band (UWB) location controllers that deliver unprecedented precision for indoor position tracking. Their products complement nanotron’s own longrange Chirp Spread Spectrum (Chirp) radio location technology. By offering our location awareness with either DecaWave’s silicon or with nanotron’s chirp radios, customers are able to match longer range or higher precision. For nanotron, this agreement will reduce anticipated R&D spend, and for customers it will
enable cost-optimization of solutions that would not be competitive otherwise.”
Ciaran Connell, CEO of DecaWave, added:
“Nanotron has platforms, technology and expertise that perfectly leverage the competitive advantage of our chips, and I look forward to leveraging this synergy to create many new and innovative solutions together.”
Nanotron utilises UWB technology from DecaWave in its swarm bee family of smart RF tag-ready modules.
Gaining access to DecaWave’s products means nanotron no longer needs to deal with GHz RF design and low-level chip drivers in its development of industry-leading location control solutions. This cuts time-tomarket by 9-12 months and frees nanotron’s developers to focus more on creating applications than on R&D.
DecaWave’s customers are able to quickly prototype their UWB applications with nanotron’s swarm bee product and development tools. Once proven and in volume production, they can smoothly migrate their solutions to a chip-based design.
As well as collaborating on technology, the two companies will also be working together to jointly promote and market their new solutions, including co-marketing at tradeshows.