Wireless IoT Technology: Developments & Trends

Special Technologies Edition – Publication Date: September 2020

For the first time ever, this e-technology magazine will be published with current insights into the development of the latest readers, transponders, printers, and interesting installations. The focus lies on these technologies:

BLE, operating at 2.4 GHz, enables devices to send or receive data over distances of up to 100 meters. The solution-dependent energy technology guarantees a battery life of up to 10 years for the beacons.

SAW technology uses the surface acoustic wave effect. Ultrasonic signals are reflected at markings on the surface. SAW tags can even be used in applications at temperatures exceeding 300 degrees Celsius.

RFID and NFC are radio technologies. Hybrid designs make it possible to collect data with different devices.

Mobile networks such as 4G/5G offer data rates of up to 20 Gbit/s, increased frequency capacity and data throughput, real-time transmission, and latency times of less than 1 ms.

UWB is mainly used in RTLS applications on frequencies from 3.1 GHz to 10.6 GHz in short-range real-time indoor localization and tracking applications. WiFi-based RTLS can often use existing WiFi structures.

LPWAN technologies such as Sigfox, NB IoT or LoRaWAN are designed to enable communication over long distances (up to several kilometres) at a low bit rate between connected objects, such as battery-powered sensors.

In this issue


BLE Drives IoT with Mesh Features and Position Determination

BLE Drives IoT with Mesh Features and Position Determination

An energy-saving, versatile, integral part of smartphones and devices in industry, retail, and healthcare – BLE supports the networking of objects and people worldwide. Since the introduction of Version 5.1, the Bluetooth specification has for the first time included a direction-finding function – indoor positioning is now possible with centimeter accuracy.


Status Quo and Implemented Applications

5G: Status Quo and Implemented Applications

Real-time sensitive processes such as autonomous driving or smart industrial automation should be able to break completely new ground with 5G. How far has standardization progressed? What advantages are becoming feasible for industry and logistics? What is the added value of a private 5G license for companies?




Robots support the growing demand for batch size 1 production, which is to be (re-)established in central Europe in order to reduce long transport distances and give greater priority to sustainability. Epson has a broad portfolio of robots for industrial requirements.

AI Research

The DFKI Aims to Improve Health and Quality of Life

The DFKI Aims to Improve Health and Quality of Life

Intelligent technologies make everyday life easier through a networked infrastructure. Such an infrastructure can be found in the Bremen Ambient Assisted Living Lab (BAALL). In the laboratory, innovative technologies from various projects are tested, evaluated and transparently demonstrated to the public.

LF, HF, and UHF

RFID Hardware for All Frequencies

RFID Hardware for All Frequencies

As an OEM supplier for system integrators and sales partners worldwide, Feig Electronic has been developing innovative and technologically advanced readers and antennas for the frequencies LF (125 kHz), HF (13.56 MHz), and UHF (860-960 MHz) for more than 30 years.

Miniaturized Transponders

Just How Small Can It Be?

Miniaturized Transponders by NEOSID

Miniaturized RFID/NFC transponders for tough, industrial applications: In metal, in contact with aggressive liquids, at temperatures of up to 275 degrees Celsius.

System Integration

Efficient Integration and Control of IO-Link Devices

Efficient Integration and Control of IO-Link Devices

The FieldEcho from Sick enables parameterization and monitoring of all IO-Link devices in a plant throughout the entire life cycle – regardless of the PLC, fieldbus or IO-Link master used. FieldEcho communicates with a PLC via OPC UA.

Label Print Dispenser

Bluhm Systeme: Simple and Cost-Effective Solutions for Labeling Tasks

Bluhm Systeme: Simple and Cost-Effective Solutions for Labeling Tasks

Label printers and print dispensers for the processing of RFID labels are equipped with a read/write unit for the transponder. Via an interface, the data is transferred from the computer to the label printer, printed on the label, while the transponder is simultaneously programmed.

Secure Digitalization

Hospital Network Security

Hospital Network Security

In 2016, a Trojan horse put the Lukas Hospital in Neuss into a state of emergency. In an interview with RFID & Wireless IoT Global, Chief Digital Officer of the hospital, Dr. Klaus-Uwe Hoeffgen, reports on the lessons learned from the attack and the demands on IT and digitalization in the hospital.

Sensor Transponders

Implementable RFID Sensors

Implementable RFID Sensors

When the pressure in a patient's brain is too high, doctors used to implant an invasive shunt system into the head. This can lead to overdrainage. Until now, doctors have only been able to detect such an overdrainage by means of extensive CT or MRI examinations. For this challenge, a new intracranial pressure sensor has been developed at the Fraunhofer IMS.

Reader Development

Greater Performance, More Features

AEG ID: Reader Development

AEG ID has been developing RFID components – readers, antennas and transponders – in all frequencies for over 30 years. The company continuously presents innovative technological solutions that are used in future-oriented applications.

Smart Cards

Secure Solutions for 'New Work' Concepts

Secure Solutions for 'New Work' Concepts

Millions of smart cards are used worldwide for access control and security, as processes in the modern working world are increasingly becoming automated and digitalized. B-Id demonstrates why intelligent access control with smart cards and biometric data will still be state-of-the-art in 2020.

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