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Wireless Technologies for Social Distancing

November 30, 2020 | Online

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increased visibility for wireless technologies for high-resolution ranging. The well-known Coronalert app uses Bluetooth signal strengths to measure the proximity of 2 smartphones. In a businesscontext, we see the fast market introduction of dedicated social distancing alarms, many of which are based on UWBranging.

While the societal added value of these social distancing solutions is undeniable, the question remains how accuratethey are in measuring the 1,5 meter reference distance between people, in operating conditions that are largely unknown to the measuring devices.   

In this webinar, our speakers from academia and industry will:

  • explain and compare current and future technologies and algorithms for high-resolution ranging (Bluetooth, UWB,...)
  • discuss the impact of the environment and the device position wrt the human body on the ranging accuracy
  • highlight the technology innovations in some locally developed social distancing alarms

We will end the webinar with a plenary Q&A session.

Participation is open to all technology enthousiasts who want a better understanding of the working mechanisms behind social distancing alarms. In our Wireless Community, we do not focus on products and their specifications, but on an expert interpretation of the underlying technology itself.

Tentative Programme

12:00 - Introduction

Kris Hermus, Coordinator Wireless Community & Innovation Program Manager Flanders, imec


Current and future wireless technologies for high-resolution ranging 
Christian Bachmann, Program Manager ULP Wireless Systems & Secure Proximity, imec-NL @ Holst Centre

Impact of environment and body on localisation and ranging
Wout Joseph, Professor, imec-WAVES-UGent

Performance evaluation of technologies for social distancing 
Eli De Poorter, Professor, imec-IDLab-UGent


RTLOC’s smart distance meshing solution for COVID-19 prevention
Wim Marynissen, Chief Product Officer, RTLOC

Option’s solution for social distancing
Alain Van den Broeck, CEO, Option

UWB-based high-precision ranging for social distancing
Risang Gatot Yudanto, Research engineer, Flanders Make

Blooloc’s solution for social distancing
Dirk Callaerts, Senior Business Development Manager, Blooloc

Social distancing with and without additional infrastructure
Samuel Van de Velde, Founder & CEO, Pozyx

13:50 - Plenary Q&A session

14:00 - End of this webinar

Check the Wireless Community website for a detailed programme with abstracts.


Date: Monday 30 November, 12h00-14h00

Venue: Virtual edition. More details about the streaming/video-call tool will be provided.


All employees of Wireless Community members: free of charge


·     25 EUR (excl VAT) until November 23

·     35 EUR (excl. VAT) from November 24

Registration is mandatory.

Please confirm your attendance by completing the online registration form.