Monday, October 31, 2005

Indoor tracking system available for commercial use

So, it seems that indoor location tracking technology has grew mature enough for education. I am not sure how it will work comparing with MIT's indoor AR engine, but I will be glad to use it for indoor games in Museums, Greenhouses, or Libraries. The following article is from the link here. http://home.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/index.jsp?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20051031005612&newsLang=en

Ubisense Reports 60 New Customers as Demand for High Accuracy Indoor Location Technology Intensifies; Ubisense Enhances Process Efficiencies, Space Utilization and Security for Healthcare, Industrial, Military and More DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 31, 2005--Ubisense, the leading provider of high accuracy indoor location technology, has secured 60 new customers in just nine months since earning approval from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for its advanced ultra-wideband (UWB) technology. This technology offers the most cost-effective, precise indoor location tracking commercially available. Ubisense is being used across many different industries to analyze and improve processes, space utilization and security.
Ubisense provides innovative, sensor-driven technology that utilizes UWB to report person and asset location within one foot of accuracy. Small sensors are placed within the indoor environment and active tags worn by people or attached to assets provide location information that can be viewed in 3D. This location data can be used to determine the efficiency and security of any indoor space or training scenario.
For instance, U.S.-based DSCI provides live, virtual training scenarios for the Department of Defense (DoD) training centers. DSCI needed high resolution indoor tracking capabilities for Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT) training. Finding that WiFi and Radio Frequency ID (RFID) systems do not offer the near-precise accuracy and reliability required by the DoD, DSCI turned to Ubisense.
"Indoor tracking has always been our greatest challenge for training soldiers, and Ubisense's ultra-wideband technology solves this challenge," said Eric Wagner, director, DSCI. "Ubisense is now integrated into Ft. Benning's MOUT McKenna site, one of the premier U.S. Army infantry training centers, and operates flawlessly with our integrated soldier tracking system. With this technology, we can monitor every soldier participating in indoor training exercises to determine accuracy of execution as well as identify maneuvers that require changes or more training. Having the ability to view combat training in this manner is critical because in the real world this training makes all the difference."
In Europe, the Technical University of Graz (TU Graz) recently installed Ubisense and is investigating the range of rich and meaningful augmented reality experiences enabled through a combination of Ubisense's UWB-based technology with those more traditionally associated with virtual reality applications.
"Ubisense has the potential to become a key enabling technology in bringing augmented reality out of the research lab and into a part of our everyday building infrastructure," said Dr. Dieter Schmalstieg, professor, TU Graz.
As its customer base increases so too do the applications for which Ubisense is used. In addition to education and military organizations, workplace engineers, healthcare facilities and industrial businesses are using Ubisense for a wide range of applications. Some uses include automatically determining space utilization in office environments to improve productivity and identify cost savings, locating people and assets in healthcare facilities, and monitoring and improving manufacturing processes.
"Demand for Ubisense is growing even faster than we anticipated, and the market need continues to expand," said Richard Green, CEO, Ubisense. "Our focus now is to extend our software platform to deliver greater value to our customers and to build a thriving partner network to further address the many different industries and uses for which our technology is suitable."
About Ubisense
Ubisense provides location-aware, sensor-driven technology that increases the usability and security of space. Ubisense utilizes advanced ultra-wideband (UWB) to deliver real-time location data within one foot of accuracy to more than 60 customers spanning workplace, healthcare, industrial and military organizations worldwide. The company is headquartered in Cambridge, England, with offices in Denver, Colorado, and Dortmund, Germany. For more information, visit http://www.ubisense.net/.

1 Comments:

Blogger John Martin said...

This is cool. I think that up until a few months ago, I'd have viewed it as ultra-scary, but I think I've come to accept the extreme level of surveillance that we'll soon be (and are already) under. I guess that my interest now is in making it visible -- somehting that people are (at least) aware of. Although, once people get used to something it again becomes invisible...

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