Inpixon buys German location-aware IoT specialist for UWB skills

October 07, 2020 //By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Inpixon buys Nanotron for IoT and UWB technologies
Inpixon in the US has acquired German location specialist developer Nanotron Technologies for its expertise in the Internet of Things (IoT) and UltraWideBand (UWB).

Nanotron, headquartered in Berlin, Germany, has established itself over the past two decades as a leading provider of innovative IoT products for real-time location systems (RTLS) and indoor and outdoor positioning.

The company, previously a division of Australian MEMS sensor developer Sensera, uses both industry-standard technologies, such as ultra-wideband (UWB), and patented proprietary wireless communication technologies, such as Chirp Spread Spectrum (CSS). Nanotron was named by MarketsandMarkets as one of the vendors dominating in the global UWB market along with Apple, Samsung, Decawave, NXP and others.

Inpixon believes this acquisition is transformational for the company due to several factors, including, that it will strengthen and expand Inpixon's product portfolio and capabilities for UWB, RTLS, and 2.4 GHz CSS, increasing precision and decreasing latency to locate assets and people in real-time.  The acquisition will also expand Inpixon's intellectual property portfolio, including patents covering its symmetrical double-sided two-way ranging (SDS-TWR) licensed by Decawave, and expand the user base.

Nanotron says it has more than 500 deployments to date, including several large-scale deployments monitoring tens of thousands of anchors and tags, and Inpixon expects the deal to increase revenues by over $5 million on an annual basis and to be accretive.

See also: Belgium startup uses ultra-wideband to manage social distancing

On the commercial side the acquisition will deepen Inpixon's geographic presence in regions outside of North America including Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and the Middle East. It will also expand partner relationships with marquee distribution and technology partners, such as Arrow Electronics, DigiKey and Decawave.


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