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Cheap stamp-sized ambient computing stickers to enable 6G IoT

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting


Wiliot has premiered its breakthrough ambient computing technology – the Wiliot IoT Pixel – to the telecommunications industry at the recent MWC 2022. This breakthrough, comprising stamp-size ambient computing stickers costing pennies, aims make 6G-enabled Massive IoT a reality, creating a network of trillions of connected, intelligent things.

Wiliot, along with other IoT and telecommunications leaders, are creating a new, fully scaled Massive IoT, or internet of trillions of things, that will leverage ambient computing to connect nearly everything to the internet. Doing so will address some of the world’s biggest problems across supply chain efficiency, food and drug safety, and planetary sustainability. 

“While 5G tracked cars, appliances, and shipping containers, 6G will track everything in those cars, appliances, and shipping containers – evolving from an Internet of Expensive Things to an Internet of Trillions of Things, or Massive IoT,” stated Steve Statler, SVP at Wiliot. “The arrival of 6G represents a seminal moment for both the IoT and telecommunications industry, as the latest technologies, standards, and use cases converge to create a new economic order, rising to meet the challenges of supply chain disruption, omnichannel retail, and the threat to the planet.” 

The inclusion of ambient computing within 6G opens the opportunity for wireless carriers to expand beyond services for a few billion mobile devices to include the trillions of things that mobile devices can connect to, creating a Massive IoT. 6G can provide the standards that will open up more competition, more interoperability, and remove the last elements of friction that will allow billions of wireless-enabled devices to talk directly to trillions of packages, clothes, tools, food, and medicine containers.

Wiliot is helping create this 6G Massive IoT through a fundamental breakthrough in ambient computing technology featured in its IoT Pixels, which are stamp-sized computer stickers that cost pennies, attach to any product or packaging, and power themselves using recycled ambient energy waves. Wiliot has designed and manufactured its new IoT Pixel stickers with computing power, long range communication, and out-of-air energy that deliver pre-standard service to customers. 

Once attached, and connected to the Wiliot Cloud, companies are equipped with real-time, item-level visibility into every product within their supply chains, which has a profound impact on both profits and the planet. 

Vaccines are more effective because they maintain their proper temperature throughout the cold chain; produce stays fresher longer, reducing the amount wasted due to rot and spoil; delivery routes are more efficient, requiring less fuel and emitting lower greenhouse gas; stock-checks transition from daily to real-time, resulting in supply chains with lower carbon footprints; and so much more.

“It’s going to take trillions of connections to solve the world’s biggest challenges,” continued Statler. “Every single thing in our global supply chain – veggies and vaccines, crates and skates, airplane parts and toy airplanes – all connected to the internet and transmitting real-time, item-level information about their location, temperate, fill rate, carbon footprint, and more. This is the IoT we’ve long been promised and now, thanks to breakthroughs in ambient computing, we’re finally positioned to unlock its full potential.”

Wiliot is backed by many of the telecommunications industry’s leading players, including Verizon, NTT Docomo, Samsung, and Qualcomm.  

www.wiliot.com 


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