IoT devices are to be embedded with modern sensors for better scalability. They are less expensive and can offer better operational efficiency than the devices operating with batteries.
In the year 2012, IBM made a prediction that by 2015, there will be more than 1 trillion connected devices across the globe. However, that figure was missed, as per the records of 2015. With immense research, MIT Graduates Dave Wentzloff and Ben Calhoun, Co-founders of Everactive, brought up this idea in mind that producing 1 trillion batteries and providing them to devices is an issue.
Therefore, Dave and Ben proposed ideas and implemented their vision to eradicate the use of batteries from IoT-driven devices. According to Everactive, for powering more than 1 trillion devices embedded with IoT, there will be a requirement to replace over 274 million counts of batteries every single day (Assuming that the batteries have completed their 10-year lifespan). Moreover, this much amount of battery replacement is not feasible!
As of now, the predictions say that it is next to impossible for mid-sized industries or factories to replace IoT device batteries every single year. An average mid-sized factory intends to use over 10,000 IoT devices within the infrastructure for monitoring temperature, measure air quality, monitor HVAC systems, and others. Therefore, it is evident that replacing that much amount of batteries every single year will cost more than thousands of dollars. Apart from money, it also consumes a lot of time and effort in executing the replacement job.
Everactive intends to bring up ultra-low-power ICs for the formation of new low-power wireless networking. It is the exact similar technology that Dave and Ben proposed during their graduation at MIT. Ben was running researches on low-power digital systems, while Dave’s research was focused on low-power communication.
With the new circuit designs and wireless communication ideologies, the end-to-end solutions put up by Everactive made it power the Eversensors solely by using the harvested renewable energy from the environment. The first product launched by the company was a steam trap monitor. Steam is used in most applications even today, and the product became a hit.
The second-largest steam trap organization of the world, Armstrong International, is now partner with Everactive. This partnership is to adapt its real-time evaluation potential of the steam trap system within the distribution network.
Everactive soon intends to step out and implement battery-less IoT technology in consumer electronics. With the idea of developing next-generation sensors, Everactive intends to help people track their assets across the world. Not just that, but Everactive also intends to put up remote monitoring aspects for successfully implementing the rise of self-powered solutions.
This probably is just the start of battery-less IoT devices. With the technology gaining recognition and popularity, soon other companies will also implement sensors to replace batteries. Hence, it will be for a better efficient and long-lasting mode of wireless communication between devices.
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