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Providing advanced energy harvesting solutions for maintenance-free operation of IoT devices.
e-peas is announcing today that it has joined the Qualcomm® Smart Cities Accelerator Program. As part of the Qualcomm® Advantage Network, this accelerator program is designed to connect municipalities, government agencies and enterprises with an ecosystem of providers that can offer end-to-end smart city solutions. By assisting members searching for such solutions, the program aims to enrich people’s lives through the transformation of city infrastructure and services.
One of the critical areas in managing IoT platforms for smart city applications is how to power the sensors/edge devices involved. Because these devices are distributed around a city, replacing the batteries when they fail is a costly and tedious process. Furthermore, disposing of all of these batteries becomes a significant environmental problem.
e-peas’ family of ambient energy manager (AEM) ICs are able to manage the power within energy harvesting circuitry. These circuits can draw energy from numerous different sources – including solar, thermal gradients, electromechanical/vibrations, and RF.
As part of the Qualcomm Smart Cities Accelerator Program, e-peas will bring greater energy autonomy to smart city IoT devices. This will result in several clear benefits, such as:
1. Extended battery life and substantially reduced maintenance expenses.
2. An increase in devices’ power budget – which may then be used to support extra features and functionality, or to allow transmitting and receiving to be carried out more often.
3. Use of more compact form factors, thanks to smaller energy storage elements.
“Thanks to our AEM technology, we are able to offer key components for smart infrastructure platforms,” states Geoffroy Gosset, CEO and co-founder of e-peas. “The Qualcomm Smart Cities Accelerator Program will be pivotal in facilitating the deployment of fully autonomous IoT devices, eliminating the issues associated with limited battery life and subsequent battery disposal.”
“Qualcomm Technologies is proud to enable a global ecosystem of 400+ Qualcomm Smart Cities Accelerator Program members and we are pleased to welcome e-peas where they will help support the rollout of modern smart cities deployments with battery-free or extended – life battery circuits,” said Sanjeet Pandit, Senior Director and Global Head of Smart Cities, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
As a member of the Qualcomm Smart Cities Accelerator Program, e-peas will work to fast-track the transformation of cities into safer and more sophisticated environments. This will lead to greater efficiencies, cost savings and increased sustainability.