Sony and Samsung will collaborate in an effort to improve location tracking, using ultra-wideband technology. Ultra-wideband technology was the subject of many studies during the 2000s, but since then little research has been conducted. Instead, other short-range wireless technologies were favored, including WiFi and Bluetooth.
The technology is being developed through FiRa Consortium which is a collaboration of a few different tech companies to work on the ultra-wideband technology. The companies involved include Sony, Samsung LitePoint, and Bosch.
The technology could be utilized for enhanced location tracking. This could help users navigate large spaces like airports or shopping malls. Other applications could include finding others in a crowd. It could also be used for security purposes, where users could be notified if someone is approaching a secured location.
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