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Thin printed batteries enable next-generation IoT wireless nanotag

Thin printed batteries enable next-generation IoT wireless nanotag

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By Wisse Hettinga



It has developed a reference design for a flexible tag that can be integrated into disposable systems or attached to assets to communicate a specific trigger of an event. 

The tag is based on technology developed with Imprint Energy and combines with the LoRa long range wireless technology. This allows it to work with LoRaWAN networks to provide  real-time, reliable feedback including logistics/shipping applications, healthcare and pharmaceutical applications, asset tracking applications, and general-purpose compliance applications.

MachineQ, a Comcast Industrial IoT service, is the first company to pilot the nanotag with interested third parties on its IoT network in Philadelphia.

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“As we continue to work with customers across a wide range of use cases, the innovative service made possible by coupling Semtech’s new nano-tag on machineQ’s dense IoT network opens a whole new set of use cases, across multiple industries, that were not commercially or technically viable using existing technologies,“ said Alex Khorram, general manager of machineQ.

“By offering lower cost, disposable LoRa-enabled tags, we can expand the current landscape of use cases for Semtech’s LoRa devices and wireless radio frequency technology and allow companies to integrate the technology to drive many more diverse IoT use cases. We believe the number of use cases should expand rapidly as our connectivity and Cloud partners start to leverage the disruptive nature of the LoRa-enabled tag,” said Marc Pegulu, Vice President and General Manager for Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group.

“We continue to introduce leading edge solutions based on Semtech’s LoRa Technology to fully leverage the differentiated capabilities and advantages of the technology’s long-range, low-power and low-cost connectivity,” he said.


Semtech and Imprint announced their collaboration earlier this month, when Semtech invested in the startup developing battery technology that can be printed using multiple types of conventional high-volume printing equipment. This allows quick integration by traditional electronic manufacturers in their existing production lines. Test production runs are currently being processed and the resulting batteries are being used in applications prototypes to validate assumptions and engage early adopters.

“Collaborating with Semtech introduces Imprint’s batteries to a fast-growing IoT ecosystem,” said Christine Ho, Imprint Energy’s CEO. “We’re moving forward with LoRa-based market pilots now and looking forward to widespread adoption.”

“Thousands of companies already use Semtech’s LoRa Technology to deploy IoT devices and sensors for smart cities, smart buildings, smart agriculture, and smart supply chain applications,” said Marc Pegulu, Vice President and General Manager, Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group. “With the batteries’ key capabilities – ultrathin and made with non-hazardous material – the LoRaWAN ecosystem and partners can leverage the batteries for new, untapped use case applications to drive mass adoption in the IoT industry.”

The low-cost disposable LoRa-enabled tags will be commercially available in both flexible tape and paper substrates in 2018 and are currently in trials by a number of LoRa Alliance members.

www.semtech.com

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