Multi-Sensor for Internet of Everything [IoE] - Monitoring and Testing
Moving towards multi-sensor platforms that incorporate several sensing elements motivates many companies
and organizations to seek for solutions in the fields of Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to-Machine (M2M).
All these "things" having Internet wireless connection, need an available and reliable source of energy to operate. They are not working continuously.
They are working 'on demand', whenever there is a need to get a new pack of information from the internet or neighboring “thing” or when the 'thing' needs to transmit some information that was usually gathered by its sensors. It may be for instance an hazard signal on gas or flood or fire, or continues monitoring of temperature, humidity, GPS location, an identification of 'No eggs in your fridge' and so on. Many of those sensors use wireless communication in order to avoid wiring with a network of communication wires and reduce installation cost. Today, these sensors derive power from batteries that have a limited lifetime. Therefore, the batteries have to be replaced every so often, in order to guarantee the operability of the sensors. In outdoor cases, the sensors are sealed from water and humidity, thus replacing the batteries requires opening and re-sealing the units. This makes maintenance complex and expensive. In addition, chemical batteries are hazardous to the environment, as they are liable to pollute the soil to the degree that makes it unsuitable for growing food plants. In the long term, battery waste may pollute water sources as well.
SolChipTM Solar Battery provides a generic solution to its customers through supplying a renewable, independent energy to operate these 'thing' for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The offered solution is a very small in size and eliminates the need to plug the “thing” to the power grid or to use batteries that requires periodic replacement. It is, simply, a solar energy harvester that provides endless sustainable energy. By using our unique solution, we guarantee our customers products a continuous maintenance free operation for 10-15 years, eliminating the need to replace batteries during the entire life of the product. Sol Chip’s first customers from the IoT field will use Sol Chip™ Everlasting Solar Battery to power their RFID wireless sensors and Mesh Network solution. Sol Chip’s technology utilizes low-cost manufacturing, while decreasing design complexity and increasing overall power efficiency, thus reducing system cost and time to market of new products.
We’ve examined the following IoT applications and identified the power challenges they encounter when using wireless sensor for monitoring proposes. The use of Sol Chip’s Everlasting Solar Battery as an alternative power supply provides everlasting power to the following applicatons:
- Wearable Technology
- Smart streetlight sensor
- Smart Cities - Using a network of smart sensors to measure
- Smart building
- Smart Power Grid
- Sport gadget
- Home automation
- Structural Health & Environmental monitoring
- Asset & Personnel Tracking
- Precision agriculture
- And many others