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LitePoint Test Vendor Joins FiRa Consortium

By Ken Briodagh

According to a recent release, LitePoint, a provider of wireless test solutions, is the first test vendor to join the FiRa Consortium, a brand new organization launched by industry leaders to facilitate the evolution of Ultra-Wideband (UWB) wireless technology to fine-ranging (FiRa) technology.

The FiRa Consortium’s mission is to create a broad ecosystem to develop specifications and a certification program to ensure interoperability among new FiRa chipsets, devices and solutions. FiRa devices have the ability to tell the relative position of another device very accurately.

Applications for FiRa include car locking systems, location tracking, and secure mobile payments. The safety and security needs of this technology make specifications and calibration validation extremely important.

LitePoint has created the IQgig-UWB, which is an integrated wireless testing solution for UWB/FiRa technology. The test system reportedly offers complete physical-layer testing and calibration of devices enabled with UWB/FiRa technology.

“LitePoint recognizes the exciting potential of UWB/FiRa technology and is pleased to be an early member of the FiRa Consortium. LitePoint looks forward to working with our industry peers to help to enable successful UWB/FiRa use cases,” said Adam Smith, Director of Product Marketing, LitePoint.

Other FiRa Consortium members include The ASSA ABLOY Group, HID Global, NXP Semiconductors, Samsung Electronics and Bosch.



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