Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Locix wifi-based tracking suits indoor use

Steve Rogerson
October 29, 2019



California-base location tracking company Locix has announced the commercial launch of its wifi-based LPS local positioning system, a full-stack product for sub-metre location determination of wifi-enabled devices.
 
It can locate asset trackers, mobile phones, IoT sensors, appliances and equipment, with sub-metre accuracy in indoor and outdoor environments. It enables enterprises accurately and reliably to locate and analyse the use of human and material resources to increase visibility and improve productivity and efficiency.
 
Given the omnipresence of wifi, Locix LPS is said to enable another capability for spatial awareness and a broad range of spatially intelligent mobile applications.
 
Some existing and emerging wireless local positioning technologies in this market suffer from the inability to deal with reflections, absorption and bandwidth limitations, diminishing their accuracy. LPS has been designed to deal with these limitations to deliver sub-metre accuracy even in challenging environments.
 
LPS is a full stack system to locate and track wifi devices. Key features include:

  • LPS cloud to analyse spatial data using proprietary localisation and tracking algorithms to locate and track wifi devices accurately.
  • Wifi-based location anchor stations to facilitate turnkey installation and deployment.
  • Battery powered wifi-based trackers enabled by an 802.11.ac SoC, inertial sensors, and low power wireless network to locate workers, industrial assets and mobile equipment.
  • Support for wifi-enabled devices such as, IoT sensors, appliances and mobile phones.
“Locix LPS is the equivalent of GPS for indoor environments,” said Vik Pavate, CEO of Locix. “It will create significant value for our customers in indoor environments, in the same way GPS has enabled in outdoor environments. Locix LPS advances the ubiquitous wifi ecosystem with ultra-precise and affordable spatial intelligence for novel commercial and consumer applications.”
 
Locix develops cloud-based spatial intelligence products for commercial buildings, consumer homes and connected devices. The products capture location, visual and sensor data and combine them with data analytics to provide spatial awareness and enable actionable insights for automated decision making.
 
Based in Silicon Valley, Locix is backed by venture and strategic investors including ID Ventures, University of Tokyo Edge Capital, Murata Manufacturing, Prologis Ventures, NTT Docomo Ventures, Sumitomo, iRobot, YE Digital, Yaskawa Electric and Acer.
 
“In real world industrial and commercial buildings, Locix’s wifi-based LPS has now been demonstrated to be substantially more accurate and cost effective than alternative local positioning systems,” said Norio Nakajima, senior executive vice president at Murata Manufacturing. “We are pleased to support the development and commercialisation of the Locix wifi-based LPS with our Murata wifi module.”