With precise ranging, UWB has an advantage in both precision and security over Bluetooth and WiFi and that advantage can be used in many different usecases. Based on FiRa Consortium initial focus is on three primary categories of use cases: hands-free access control; location-based services; and device-to-device (peer-to-peer) applications:
Smart Car Access - unlock a car with a smartphone as soon as you approach it for keyless entry and remote start.
Secure Wireless Payments - it’s more secure than NFC and you can leave your smartphone in a pocket.
Secure Building Access - Automatically open doors to a secure area within a building once you approach them.
Smart Retail - provide useful information about a product you just picked up or special offer for buying one.
Asset Tracking - Boeing uses UWB tags to track more than 10,000 tools, carts and other items on its vast factory floors.
Sports & Fitness Tracking - NFL is already tracking players on a field for instant replay animations with UWB transmitters in each shoulder pad. A football's location is updated 2,000 times per second.
Wearable Health Sensors - Biometric UWB bracelet that monitors body temperature, oxygen saturation levels, body movement, heart-rate 24 hours a day.
Medical Radars - UWB pulses can be used to monitor respiration and heart beat of the person from a distance by reading reflected UWB signals.
Indoor Navigation - Get precise navigation indoor to your gate in the airport or a product on a shelf.
Smart Home - Lights, audio speakers, and any other connected device with UWB sensing capability will be able to follow users from one room to another, for example adjust the volume of a speaker based on where you’re standing or switch Netflix profile to yours.
Warehouse Positioning - Actively track people, machines and equipment indoors, accurate positioning in emergency situations - finding unconscious person.