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According to a recent report from analyst firm Grand View Research, the global industrial digitalization market is expected to reach $1.7 trillion by 2030, an increase of over $1 trillion from 2020. This growth is driven by the increasing adoption of digital technologies in the industrial sector, such as artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, and cloud computing. 

Industrial digitalization requires a large number of sensors to be used in order to monitor and control various processes. Sensors are used to measure a variety of data points including temperature, pressure, vibration, etc.. Additionally, where the data is taken (ranging information) grows in importance with the increasing number of sensors deployed. 

The exact location of a sensor is useful in industrial digitalization applications, not only for monitoring machinery in a factory or tracking the movement of goods in a supply chain, but also to identify any potential problems with its placement, or to analyze the data it is collecting in the context of its environment. 

The purpose of data collection in Industrial digitalization is to automate processes and improve efficiency, reduce costs, and improve safety. 

Industrial digitalization: Metirionic provides technology and engineering in the field of industrial safety and find and rescue applications. 

Metirionic Advanced Ranging Stack M.A.R.S. enables accurate wireless ranging information for any chipset, sensor, or system. MARS includes patented technology that enables wireless ranging (distance and angle)

MARS Key differentiators:


MARS is implemented in leading industrial safety remote controls and in connected fire fighters with strong safety requirements:

  • High robustness because of frequency hopping and low interferences.
  • High indoor range even through walls and other obstacles.
  • Outdoor installations without restrictions.
  • Measurement of distances (ranging) AND angles.
  • High reliability to meet safety and regulatory standards.

MARS follows the phase-based Channel Sounding approach to provide accurate measuring of distance and angles for RTLS solutions. Metirionic enables MARS through a license-based model and get it customized to the End Application with Engineering Services.

Metirionic gathers 10 years of experience in RTLS based applications for IEEE, Bluetooth, UWB, and CWFM RADAR that can be implemented in communication stacks such as Bluetooth, WirelessHART, IP500, ZigBee or 6lowPAN.

Knowing the exact location of a chipset, sensor or system impacts into safety and efficiency., which are key in Industrial digitalization. Increased efficiency and safety are two of many key benefits that industrial digitalization brings to business.

Increased Efficiency: Digitalization in manufacturing can increase efficiency by automating processes and reducing manual labor, which can lead to faster production, improved quality control, and decreased downtime. 

Improve productivity by providing real-time information about the location of objects in the workplace. This can help to reduce the amount of time workers spend searching for objects and can help to ensure that objects are in the right place at the right time. 

Reduce costs associated with lost or misplaced objects, as well as costs associated with time spent searching for objects.

Improve quality control by providing real-time information about the location of objects in the workplace, which can help to reduce the risk of errors and defects.

Increased safety: Automation can help reduce risks associated with human error and increase safety in the workplace.

Monitoring of processes can help to identify areas of potential risks and hazards in the workplace. Automated systems can detect and alert workers to unsafe conditions before they cause an incident. 

Automated safety systems such as fire alarms, sensors, and automatic shut-off systems can help to reduce the risk of fire and other accidents in the workplace.

Automated maintenance systems can help to identify potential safety issues and alert workers to potential problems before they cause an incident. 

Automated tracking systems can help to monitor employee safety, such as tracking the number of hours worked, or the number of breaks taken. This can help to ensure that workers are working safely and taking the necessary breaks.

Metirionic market targets: industrial safety and find and rescue

Industrial digitalization applications that demand wireless ranging modules based on point-to-point, point-to-multipoint, and radar techniques cover a wide range of use cases:

  • Outdoor “search and rescue” applications
  • Virtual fencing and collision avoidance mechanisms
  • Position finding, rescue tools for mobile finding applications
  • Asset tracking and facility management
  • Positioning and safe navigation for automated guide vehicles (AGV) and autonomous mobile robots (AMR)
  • Industrial RTLS Underground: Positioning and safe navigation in long tunnels or mining sites where GPS is not available
  • RTLS for outdoor areas: Helping livestock management, tracking, and locating animals

Sensor and test 2023: a breakthrough in Bluetooth low energy

The upgraded MARS 2.0 enables combined distance and angle measurement with BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy). It is future-proof, ready to ensure compliance with Bluetooth Channel Sounding.

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (Bluetooth SIG) is the standards organization that oversees the development of Bluetooth standards and the licensing of the Bluetooth technologies and trademarks to manufacturers. The SIG announced a CAGR from 2022 to 2026 of 25% just for location service devices.

Therefore, Metirionic will support a growing demand of new products with engineering services to implement these innovative features. We have stablished collaborations with some key players of the chipset manufacturing industry to provide early access to channel sounding features.

During Sensor and Test 2023 we will demonstrate a new “Evaluation Platform” that enables a combined distance and angle measurement with BLE. The relative position of wireless nodes requires the measurement of both – angle and distance. 

This will be showcased in Sensor and Test (Hall 1Booth 1-150): MARS (Metirionic Advanced Ranging Stack) for Bluetooth Low Energy