Ultra-Wideband (UWB) And The Future of Mobile Electronic Access Control

By Zach Segal, Published Oct 07, 2020, 10:53am EDT (Info+)

In the last year, Ultra-Wideband (UWB) has gained support from new phones (e.g., all iPhone 11s). UWB offers potential beyond Bluetooth so how will this impact the future of mobile access control?

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IPVM investigates the technology including:

  • Explaining how UWB works
  • How it compares to Bluetooth and WiFi
  • Feedback from FiRa, HID, and Openpath
  • Access Control Application of UWB
  • Car Keys Using UWB
  • Contact Tracing Using UWB
  • UWB vs Bluetooth 5.1
  • Future of UWB

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Comments (7)

SIA has a webinar coming up later this month on this topic co-presented by Allegion and HID, for anyone who wants to continue learning more about this technology. Here's a link to register for that webinar:

Ultra-Wideband (UWB) Explained (and why it's an exceptional connectivity experience) | Security Industry Association

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You might take a look at UWB Alliance They have a small group of members trying to create a global standard for UWB. Hyundai is there so has some credibility.

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Thanks for bringing this up. They are working with FiRa now and are both focused on the IEEE 802.15.4z standard.

We did reach out but hadn't heard back by the time we were ready to publish.

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In case if you don't know,

Avigilon use this technology in their Presence Detector APD-S1-D

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Thank you. That's an interesting use case. We focused on using UWB for distancing, but it has the same capabilities of other waves to find objects.

Have you used this? And if you did, did it work well through barriers and obstacles that a camera couldn't see through?

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Great post, Zach! Would love to see UWB rolled out at hotels (and especially in apartments) for access control.

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While I love what UWB represents I can tell you that BLE is not waiting around for UWB to capture the market. The SIG is working very hard to close the gap as are companies like Nordic. BLE still has some distinct advantages that I think will allow it to still dominate for awhile. And if you are well versed in SoC you know that a dual radio chip is a simple matter to add to your platform and have the best of both worlds.....

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