Saving More Lives: NOVELDA Expands Safety Applications of its UWB In-Cabin Sensors with Multi-Target Occupancy Detection

Published in IOT Evolution on April 8, 2024

Late last November, IoT Evolution covered critical partnership news regarding the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) and the FiRa Consortium (FiRa).

For context, the CCC is a cross-industry organization (i.e. representing companies including Apple, BMW, Ford, Google, Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, Panasonic, Samsung, and Volkswagen) that advances the connectivity between smart vehicles and smart mobile technologies. Its work emphasizes accessibility when it comes to digital-age solutions for smartphone and vehicle manufacturers, automotive Tier-1 suppliers, silicon and chip vendors, and security product suppliers.

Then, FiRa. FiRa (denoting the “fine-ranging” and positioning capabilities of ultra-wideband, or UWB, technology) dedicates its focuses to transforming how we interact with dynamic environments through enabling precision location awareness for consumers and their devices. FiRa drives the development of unique technical certifications and guardrails, and this happens to include direct and active advocacy for UWB (and effective use cases and regulations therein).

So when the CCC and FiRa officially announced the formation of the Joint Ultra-Wideband MAC PHY Working Group (JUMPWG) for collaborative maintenance of UWB specifications, we know more was on the horizon.

The same proved to be the case – more news on the horizon, namely – last December when NOVELDA, a renowned provider of highly accurate and intelligent sensors designed for human presence detection (particularly child presence detection, or CPD), announced updates to its X7 UWB CPD and Vital Signs Monitoring and other in-cabin sensing resources for automotive manufacturers. NOVELDA recognizes how great a tool UWB is for sensing and locating people and objects (and transmit data with short latency), and it’s already being used to create safer context-aware situations in mobile phones, laptops, lights and air conditioning, sleep monitors, you name it. The short pulses and fine time resolution available in UWB systems also lend unique advantages to use cases involving highly secure communications systems, indoor navigating, in-asset tracking, and so on.

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