One of the largest Irish technology success stories of recent memory is that of Decawave, a Dublin-based semiconductor company known for its integrated circuit products. Acquired in 2020 for $400 million, Decawave’s silicon infrastructure provided the potential to support many use cases through proximity, location, and association. Decawave was a pioneer for Ultra-Wideband (UWB) technology, showing the way for the development of indoor positioning solutions.
While the Decawave story can certainly stand alone, co-founder and former CEO, Ciaran Connell, likes to think it was the first chapter of a greater epic, that of revolutionary terrestrial positioning and navigation. Shortly after Decawave’s acquisition, Connell signed on as Chair of the Board for growing, Dublin-based software company, danalto, a Trinity College spin-out specialising in location services.
Two years down the line, and close to twenty years of other attempts with different approaches, the race to nailing indoor tracking is still to be won. Many technologies continue to be explored, including new age radios like UWB and LoRa 2.4 GHz (of which danalto was first to the global market to deploy), and longer-standing technologies such as Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and Wi-Fi. While the industry’s understanding, and the capabilities of these radios has evolved, no comprehensive platform service that is able to marshal these has prevailed as the champion for an exponentially growing number of indoor positioning and navigation use cases. Indeed, with the latest generation of Smart Connected Devices the time for the provision of such a platform is fast approaching, particularly in the era of Wi-Fi 7.
Harnessing the power of their partner’s latest silicon, along with significant experience working with positioning technologies, danalto sees leveraging multiple radios at once as the way of the future. Made possible by their radio-agnostic front end IoT platform, Cardinal™, danalto can fully support UWB, along with other best-of-breed radios, to provide unique positioning solutions that can mould to varying environments. Cardinal™’s dynamic design also enables the development of bespoke applications, transforming location data from a just “dot on a map” into ready to deploy Use Case-specific insights.
Ciaran Connell will be sharing insights from his time with Decawave and danalto, speaking on Positioning, Navigation, & Timing (PNT) technologies and their growth opportunities, next week on Thursday, December 8th as a part of the European Space Agency NAVIS-P Programme. The theme of this event is Developing Positioning and Navigation Solutions and will be hosted at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Blanchardstown.
Complete the form linked below to attend the Positioning & Navigation Workshop on the 8th
About danalto: danalto is a software company specialising in location services with a mission to make the adoption and deployment of IoT location services easy for enterprises everywhere. Read more at www.danalto.com.
About ESA: The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s “gateway to space.” An international organization comprised of 22 Member states, its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. Read more at www.esa.int.