by William Payne on September 12, 2019

Two Californian companies are trying to develop the lowest power connected thermoelectric solutions for industrial IoT. Atmosic and MATRIX are developing technology to eliminate the use of wired and battery powered devices across a range of industrial applications.

The two companies are collaborating with a number of industrial and consumer device customers to implement connected solutions powered through thermoelectric and other energy harvesting techniques for greater efficiency and productivity.

Reducing the use of wired, electric and battery power in IoT applications provides a number of economic and environmental advantages. Unlike many connected devices that need their batteries to be replaced frequently, low-power IoT solutions with energy harvesting have significantly longer battery life – or are completely battery free – which streamlines maintenance operations and reduces maintenance costs. 

Atmosic and MATRIX’s technologies can be applied to a range of industrial applications for agriculture, manufacturing and building systems (including heating, cooling and lighting), along with consumer devices such as wearables and home automation products.

Partnering with MATRIX enables Atmosic to extend its reach and serviceable available market into untapped IIoT segments, as well as expand its presence in the consumer device segment. In turn, Atmosic’s wireless technology enables MATRIX to deliver more full-service solutions with the ultra-low-power connectivity vital to the IoT experience.

“Atmosic and MATRIX are committed to reducing the industry’s reliance on batteries to power IoT devices,” said Atmosic CEO David Su. “Atmosic’s innovative lowest power connectivity solutions, combined with MATRIX’s cutting-edge thermoelectric technology, will enable customers to significantly reduce or even eliminate the use of electrical/wired or battery power in a variety of applications and enjoy cost savings as a result.”

“Atmosic’s goal to deliver Forever Battery Life and Battery-Free connected IoT perfectly aligns with our mission to change the way the world is powered,” said MATRIX CEO and co-founder Akram Boukai. “With Industry 4.0 on the rise, there’s an incredible opportunity to deliver more value to our IoT customers and expand our international footprint.”

“Power consumption and the need for battery replacement or recharging remains a key challenge for IoT adoption, especially for commercial and industrial applications,” said Andrew Zignani, principal analyst, ABI Research. “As industrial consumers are looking more closely at power consumption, energy harvesting is a very attractive alternative to extend battery life and reduce battery usage.”

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