5 Use Cases for Ultra Wideband (UWB) Technology

UWB technology

You may have been hearing the term ‘Ultra Wideband’ going around for quite some time now, but what exactly is it? Why are leaders in tech such as Apple, Android, and Google looking to incorporate UWB to their devices all of a sudden? After all, people only care about something  if it will directly benefit them, so we have compiled a list of five use cases for ultra wideband (UWB) technology, to benefit both consumers and businesses.

Social Distancing

UWB can be utilized to safely and easily conduct social distancing measures, whether you are an individual who walks into a crowded grocery store, or you are an executive leader who wants your employees to be spread out at work to keep your office environment safe. A handful of businesses are taking advantage of UWB to resume operations, including this museum. With the use of tags, people can be alerted as soon as they come into close proximity with another person, so they can quickly step away from them. 

Item Navigation

Imagine how much more efficient everyday processes can get if one could easily locate where they have lost something, or multiple items. Maybe you lost a remote, or as a business you are trying to locate lost carts and equipment. One specific use case is hospitals, which need a good medical device tracking system to save loads of time. As long as a tag is installed in the objects, they are easily trackable. 

Lock/Unlock Doors

For everyday convenience, try locking and unlocking your doors with UWB. This includes any and all doors including your house door, car door, office door etc. As you may or may not have heard, this luxury is available on the Iphone 11 and later Apple phones, as well as the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. Just one way to make life simpler when you are running late!

AR/VR Headsets

The problem with the Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality headsets we see everywhere right now are that they are very heavy, since they use a heavy battery. UWB reduces the amount of battery needed for the headsets to properly function, and can make using them a lot more enjoyable. 5G Ultra Wideband is quickly transforming the world of AR/VR with a heavy (no pun intended) focus on user experience. 

Secure Data Transfer

Individuals can safely transfer data with one another without the risk of outside threats. This includes secure payments, or if you just want to share files and photos with someone. All you have to do is point your phone at their phone, and the transfer takes place. Companies can also transfer data through UWB.

These are just some of the many use cases for Ultra Wideband (UWB) to simplify operations and create overall better experiences. Keep in mind that UWB can work through various devices, and we did an entire post on 4 Devices That Use UWB. There is no doubt that this radio technology will have a greater presence in our lives just months from now. 

Since a handful of newer phones have UWB capability, this only means that there is a high potential to build mobile apps that are compatible with UWB, as it will soon become a part of our everyday lives, just as smartphones have transformed our daily lives. 

Sunvera builds next-generation mobile apps that work with UWB technology. Call us for a free consultation today.