Thin printed batteries enable next-generation IoT wireless nanotag

November 29, 2017 // By Nick Flaherty
Semtech is using ultrathin printed batteries to enable a new generation of low cost disposable nanotags for the Interent of Things (IoT).

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.