mmWave IWR - safety guards


With factories  becoming smarter, man and machine work “hand in hand”. In this scenario, to reduce possibility of  potential hazards if there is a flaw or bug in automation, incident management through Safety Guards is becoming important. TI’s Industrial mmWave sensors can be used for high accuracy occupancy detection and collision avoidance, where the position and velocity of people can be used to trigger systems when a person or an object is in proximity of a machine.

Check out these documents below to learn the basics of mmWave sensors for Safety Guards.

mmWave benefits  for safety guard applications

mmWave device performance with IWR1443

60 GHz device


77 GHz device


Application benefits
Range resolution 4cm 4cm 4GHz bandwidth provide higher range resolution to separate objects in close proximity.
Angular resolution 15º  15º  Low angular resolution allows distinguishing small details of an object.
Max. range (resolution) 10m (0.12m) 10m (0.15m) Used as and Area Scanner or an Arm safety curtain to maintain a no-entry curtain or zone radially around the equipment.
Max. field of view (resolution) 120º  (15º angular resolution) 120º  (15º angular resolution) Wider area detection and tracking of multiple moving objects as people for incident management.
Static clutter removal Yes Yes Allows non-moving objects to be filtered out to give true detection of people or vehicles. 
Chirp Sample chirp configurations Sample chirp configurations


Evaluate TI’s mmWave radar sensors by purchasing the evaluation module and leveraging the experiments and labs, and referencing our Safety Guard TI Design

IWR6843 starter bundle

The starter bundles enables rapid development for IWR6843 mmWave sensor. It includes the carrier card and one standard antenna with 120° x 30° field-of-view.  Full debug, emulation, and prototyping is enabled directly through mmWave SDK and tools.

mmWave carrier card

mmWave carrier platform enables a single developments platform for different devices and antenna configurations through antenna plug-in modules.

Experiments and labs

Experience mmWave sensor performance first hand and recreate demonstrations by following the safety guards experiments and labs.

Area scanner using mmWave sensor reference design

Designed for defining keep out zones around factory robots/industrial vehicles. Reference design includes: design guide, software, schematics & layout


Now that you’re ready to begin production, access these resources to help you along the way.


Newest 60-GHz sensors deliver intelligence at the edge while reducing size and system cost


Integrated antenna – reducing RF design challenges


Single-chip 76-to-81GHz mmWave sensor integrating MCU and hardware accelerator

Have questions during the design process? Leverage our mmWave training series.

Ask questions and explore ideas on our mmWave sensor forums.