Pioneering technology for
incident prevention

Lopos is dedicated to harnessing the power of ultra-wideband (UWB) technology for location- and distance-based applications.

Our journey

Exploring ultra-wideband technology

Jen, Eli, Bart and Jan were researching ultra-wideband technology at IDLab – a collaborative research hub of imec, Ghent University, and the University of Antwerp – when they recognized the commercial potential of this technology. They therefore participated in Ghent University’s Expedition Do! in 2019 – transforming their concept into reality. Lopos emerged and swiftly became one of the winners in the 2019 competition.

Creating safer work environments with collision warnings

The increasing presence of industrial vehicles – such as forklifts – in workspaces has led to a rise in accidents involving pedestrians, vehicles and equipment. To restore safety and prevent collisions, we developed our collision warning system based on ultra-wideband (UWB) technology.

The future: ultra-wideband’s potential

With real-time location services (RTLS) such as asset tracking, access control, zone management, route optimization, evacuation procedures and speed regulation, ultra-wideband technology holds vast potential to revolutionize and benefit businesses worldwide. Our collision avoidance devices are just the start of a promising and improved future.

Origins: Covid prevention

From the outset, our focus has always been on safety. After being accepted as a budding start-up in imec’s business acceleration programme, imec.istart, and with Peter Van Roosbroeck having joined the team, the Covid-19 pandemic struck. As an agile start-up, we pivoted our focus and swiftly developed SafeDistance – a tool to maintain social distancing – in just six weeks. This solution utilized ultra-wideband technology to measure distances between individuals and issue alerts to maintain safety guidelines.


Our founding partners


These partners were instrumental in establishing our products and services, and continue to be our primary sources of knowledge.



Imec is a globally renowned research and innovation centre in nanoelectronics and digital technologies. Its unique blend of top-tier microchip technology expertise with extensive software and ICT knowledge sets it apart. Imec leverages its state-of-the-art infrastructure and a vast network of partners across various industries to drive innovation in sectors such as healthcare, smart cities, mobility, logistics, manufacturing, energy and education.

A trusted collaborator for businesses, start-ups and academia

As a reliable collaborator for businesses, start-ups and academic institutions, imec unites over 4,000 exceptional minds from more than 97 countries. Headquartered in Leuven, Belgium, imec has R&D groups at several universities in Flanders, the Netherlands, Taiwan and the US, with offices in China, India and Japan. In 2018, imec’s revenue (P&L) reached €583 million.

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Ghent University

Ghent University is a prominent institution in the Dutch-speaking part of Europe, known for its social engagement and pluralistic approach within a broad international context. Its 86 departments across 11 faculties offer a wide array of high-quality courses in their respective scientific fields.

Industrial R&D network

Ghent University strategically invests in multidisciplinary clusters to bolster its industrial R&D network. Its key technology transfer activities include industrial collaboration programmes, IP licensing and spin-off creation. Over the past decade, these efforts have resulted in 439 granted patents, the launch of 68 spin-off companies, and extensive industry collaboration.

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