Infineon teams for battery-free wireless smart locks

Infineon teams for battery-free wireless smart locks

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By Nick Flaherty

Infineon Technologies has added NuCurrent in Chicago to its Preferred Partner programme to boost the use of battery-free wireless smart locks.

The partnership, to be announced at the CES show in Las Vegas this week, will boost the use of Near-Field Communication (NFC) technology for energy harvesting and charging applications. Infineon’s NFC tag-side controllers with integrated H-bridge and energy harvesting modules provide a single chip for cost-effective, miniaturized actuation or sensing applications operating in passive or active mode.

The partnership will incorporate NuCurrent’s overall wireless power systems technology and design capabilities to expand the market via OEMs. This will use NuCurrent’s design tools to enable IP and development services for faster development of smart locks in industrial, office, and hospital settings.

For sensor applications, the partnership enables entirely new categories of applications where sensors do not require batteries and are triggered by NFC energy harvesting. A smart lock with energy harvesting features will be showcased at CES.

“NFC wireless energy harvesting and charging are game-changing technologies from various perspectives: product design, environmental sustainability, and user experience,” said Jacob Babcock, CEO of NuCurrent. “NFC is in billions of devices today, but the capabilities of energy harvesting are expanding such that it’ll deliver entirely new features to product developers. We are excited to join Infineon on this journey.”

“Infineon and NuCurrent are bringing together complementary capabilities that are paving the way for new solutions eliminating batteries in locks, sensors, and other applications via contactless energy transfer,” said Doris Keitel-Schulz, Vice President of Contactless Power and Sensing at Infineon. “We are providing a reliable, low-maintenance, and secure replacement to batteries that significantly reduces e-waste. Our energy harvesting technology via mobile phone NFC field enables the digitalization of the passive world and connecting them into the mobile phone ecosystem.”;


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