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Ubisense was founded on the notion that computers monitoring or controlling anything in the real world need to be able to sense the environment they operate in – commonly referred to as “sentient computing”.
As humans we make sense of our surroundings using sight and sound. These tools help us understand the identification, location and motion of things so we can interpret the world around us. Without this information even basic actions are impaired and complex activities are beyond reach. Automatic monitoring and the control of processes need a similar level of situational awareness, which is where real-time location system (RTLS) technology can help.
When Ubisense was formed, the objective was clear: to create the very best RTLS available. We knew that delivering customer value would depend on a system that could provide very accurate location data (1m or better accuracy), in very difficult environments (such as manufacturing facilities and warehouses), with high reliability.
Our technology of choice was ultra wideband (UWB), the only wireless solution capable of simultaneously meeting all of these needs. Today, the Ubisense UWB RTLS is unique, employing both time-of-arrival and angle-of-arrival measurements to deliver the absolute best in accuracy and reliability.
Yet identifying, locating and monitoring the motion of important items does not immediately guarantee value. So Ubisense developed specific software solutions to turn RTLS data into high worth, actionable business intelligence. Over the years the company has continued to develop applications in close consultation with strategic customers that lead their respective fields. The result is a suite of location-based solutions optimized to provide unprecedented visibility and control over complex processes.
“Location-based visibility and control” is most often thought of in terms of processes like manufacturing or transit yard management, where layers of complexity exist because of the number of moving objects in a confined area. However, even fixed objects can be difficult to manage when they are very widely dispersed, for example across a telecommunication or power distribution network. Partly through acquisition, and partly through internal development, Ubisense also offers geospatial solutions to solve problems for this class of customer.
Armed with a technology portfolio that can transform the management of assets and processes, fixed or mobile, Ubisense has grown into a leading location solutions company, serving customers such as BMW, Airbus, Aston Martin, Caterpillar, Metro Transit, US Army, Duke Energy and Deutsche Telekom as well as other FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies.