Decawave Sweeps the Microsoft Indoor Localization Competition

DUBLIN, IRELAND–(Marketwired – May 5, 2015) – Decawave, specializing in precise location and connectivity applications, reached another important milestone for its ultra-wideband (UWB) technology ranked as the best radio-based location solution and achieving second place in the overall infrastructure-based category for the 2015 Microsoft Indoor Localization Competition. This industry-wide competition was organized to bring together indoor location technologies and compare performance, real-time capabilities and demonstrate accuracy in indoor environments. Faced with tough competition, the Time Domain entry – featuring the Decawave DW1000 chipset – received the second place ranking with an average error of 0.39m. Time Domain, well known in the industry for delivering high accuracy location solutions and designing IR-UWB based solutions, submitted its entry with a quick turnaround of eight weeks. “We are grateful to Decawave for inviting us to participate in this competition,” said Rachel Reinhardt, CEO of Time Domain. “Combining their innovative new chip with our years of expertise in building UWB-based location systems was a great experience and a natural fit for both companies.” This competition, sponsored by Microsoft and Intel, was split into two categories: infrastructure-free and infrastructure-based, in which the 23 indoor location technology submissions were evaluated. For each competitor, X and Y coordinate measurements were made at 20 different evaluation waypoints spread over the Convention Center venue with a surface of 2000m2 and measurement errors were determined and averaged. The measurement area was one of challenging and included metallic walls and numerous pillars. “Every competitor that used the Decawave chip beat last year’s results while the competition took place in a more complex space,” said Brandon Dewberry, Time Domain CTO. “Sub half meter accuracy is suitable for person tracking, and all Decawave-based systems met this threshold.” Along with Time Domain obtaining the second place spot, the third place went to the University of Michigan team, represented by Benjamin Kempke- with a solution also based on the Decawave technology – with 0.6m average error. Additionally, ranked fourth in the infrastructure based category and fifth overall was Quantitec GmbH, an innovative start-up from Germany, also using Decawave’s technology, achieving an average error of 0.73m. “We are very honored to have teamed up with Time Domain – the pioneers of IR-UWB – for this competition,” said Ciaran Connell, Decawave CEO. “When I see what Time Domain achieved in such a short period of time, I’m curious to see where they will take the DW1000 in the future and I can foresee a close and fruitful collaboration between our two companies.” For the full results of the Competition, visit The Decawave EVK1000 and TREK1000 evaluation kits are available on the following websites: DigiKey and About Decawave is a pioneering fabless semiconductor company developing a family of integrated circuit products called ScenSor, compliant to the IEEE802.15.4a standard, which can identify the specific location of any object, person or thing at very competitive cost, very low power and with a required level of precision and reliability never achieved before (+/-10cm). In addition, the data communication capability of the chip (up to 6.8Mb/s) makes it a perfect fit for IOT applications and other low-power wireless network applications. With applications in diverse markets including factory and building automation, healthcare, ePOS and retail, robotics, warehousing, automotive and consumer, the company’s flagship DW1000 chip has garnered interest from more than 2,500 firms globally. Decawave is headquartered in Dublin Ireland, with presence in France, South Korea, Taiwan and the US. For more information please visit