Sumitomo taps sensing specialist Origin Wireless in 5G mobile integration push

March 25, 2020
Origin's proprietary technology transforms Wi-Fi devices into Wi-Fi sensors.

Sumitomo Corporation, through Sumitomo Corporation of Americas (SCOA), today announced its investment in Origin Wireless (Greenbelt, MD), billed as a developer of advanced wireless sensing technologies for various "Smart Life" applications. SCOA's investment is expected to help Origin accelerate its integration with 5G mobile technologies, enhancing the company's solutions portfolio.

"Our investment is just the start of this strategic partnership," commented Tak Niki, head of SCOA's Silicon Valley office and general manager of its Media & Digital group. "Origin has already demonstrated its potential with the applications they have developed to date using Wi-Fi wireless integration. We look forward to being strong partners – and even customers – as they continue to progress and find new ways to utilize this powerful technology."

Origin's technology transforms Wi-Fi devices into Wi-Fi sensors. The company's patented wireless AITM algorithms leverage Wi-Fi signals to provide unprecedented visibility of indoor environments. This technology allows for the detection of the smallest of movements, such as the rise and fall of a human chest.

Origin currently provides solutions for three core product lines: Origin Home, Origin Health, and Origin Tracking. Current applications target smart homes, cars, buildings and factories, with use-cases in security monitoring, asset/people tracking, and elderly well-being monitoring.

"We are excited to work with SCOA to bring AI-enabled wireless sensing to everyone in the 5G era, transforming the vast global 4G/5G and WiFi infrastructure into intelligent sensing networks at your service," said Dr. Ray Liu, founder and CEO of Origin Wireless. "Toward our vision of 'Wireless AI for Smart Life', we innovate with our smart wireless AITM technologies to enable our partners to differentiate with value-added services, providing richer and broader Smart Life experiences."

SCOA and its parent, Sumitomo Corporation, say they now have the ability to improve Origin's current technology with 5G integration and then grow its product line further by applying it across its vast network. Per a press statement announcing the news, "SCOA's wide-ranging industries and diverse business portfolio make it an ideal partner for applying use-cases. From healthcare to security, logistics and public infrastructure, there are multiple opportunities already in discussion between SCOA's various business groups, unlocking significant growth potential for both companies in this space."

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