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UWB Enters Home With System That Tracks Pets, People and Things

Several health-care and elder-care facilities are testing Wiser's Find-ly app and solution, and the company is demonstrating how the technology can track the movements of cats or a remote control in a household.
By Claire Swedberg
Mar 02, 2020

Many traditional ultra-wideband (UWB) systems provide real-time location in industrial and commercial environments, but the technology's future in more consumer-oriented use cases might be here. Wiser Systems, a Raleigh, N.C.-based asset-tracking technology company, has released a new UWB-based solution that will enable users to view the movements or locations of individuals, pets or household items.

The solution, known as Find-ly, employs the company's battery-powered UWB Locator tags, as well as gateways and an app, to identify the locations and movements of people, pets or assets as they move around a home, an office or a health-care facility. To demonstrate one application, the company attached the tags to the collars of two cats and one television remote control in a Wiser employee's home. It then displayed how the movements of the animals and the device could be tracked on a map of the home in real time, while also creating a history of those movements.

Until now, Wiser's UWB Locator product has found its niche in factories and warehouses, according to Stephen Taylor, Wiser Systems' communications director. Those include aerospace, automotive manufacturing and warehouse asset management. The solution is currently in use by several manufacturers of consumer goods, as well as automotive companies. Locator tags are also being attached to forklifts in warehouses, shipping and receiving yards, bus yards and garages.

Wiser's proprietary antenna nodes are installed to create tracking areas, and Locator tags are then attached to assets. The company also offers its software and app to calculate timings and positions in order to generate location data, and to create zones. The solution can be offered in the cloud, but for industrial companies, the majority have wanted on-premise solutions. The Locator product was released in early 2017.

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