Hardware : Sensor Systems : Energy Harvesting
Everactive is a deep technology company whose self-powered IoT origins stretch back over a decade to the pioneering ultra-low-power circuit research of our co-founders at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Upon receiving their doctorates, each took teaching positions at their respective alma maters—the University of Virginia and the University of Michigan. After several years of incubation and several groundbreaking proof points for self-powered IoT systems, the technology was licensed out of those two universities; Everactive was born. The core circuit design and wireless communication IP has served as the building block for Everactive’s batteryless, self-powered IoT systems. The company has since added all of the requisite pieces—cloud software, data analytics, systems expertise, and industrial design—to develop a complete end-to-end sensing solution. Now, with the technology fully commercialized, Everactive continues to innovate with a suite of industrial sensing products focused on delivering critical insights that are simply not possible with battery-powered devices.
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Everactive Releases First Development Kit, Opening Batteryless IoT to All
Everactive, the maker of category-defining batteryless Internet of Things (IoT) systems, is releasing its first development kit to allow third-party developers to build their own IoT products without the constraints of batteries. The company’s self-powered hardware and managed network is purpose-built to acquire and deliver the dense physical-world data that will usher in an age of hyperscale IoT. Opening up that technology will allow IoT developers to easily create the scalable, sustainable, and data-rich products long demanded by their customers.
The development kit includes two of Everactive’s patented batteryless IoT devices, each with a comprehensive sensor suite that simultaneously measures temperature, humidity, pressure, and triaxial acceleration. Utilizing a low-light indoor photovoltaic harvester as the sole power source, these devices can measure and wirelessly transmit data down to every 15 seconds. The ability to wirelessly deliver such robust data exclusively from harvested energy represents a significant breakthrough for designers and engineers whose IoT projects have struggled to scale. The development kit will allow developers to better understand and experiment with the power of energy harvesting technology for IoT applications.
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To address inconsistencies, Anheuser-Busch installed Everactive’s Steam Trap Monitor (STM) sensors to autonomously monitor and detect anomalies. In less than 6 months with the STM system in place, Anheuser-Busch plants have identified thousands of dollars in steam system energy savings equivalent to 1.2% reduction in fuel usage, and the removal of 7,561 tons of CO2 from our atmosphere per year.
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Removing batteries from the industrial equation cuts costs and reduces the hours that people spend replacing them. Using batteryless equipment in industrial and consumer settings could also greatly reduce the number of batteries that are thrown into landfills around the globe. It is estimated that 3 billion batteries a year are discarded in the U.S. alone!
For instance, Everactive argues that if you were to deploy 10,000 battery-powered industrial IoT sensors across your facility to transmit real-time data about the health of your machinery, over time your team would be replacing around 2,000 batteries a year. Many of these sensors would be located in difficult-to-reach areas, further increasing the time and expense needed to replace the chemical cells.