An estimated 500Bn devices connected to the internet are going to be produced by 2030. Making reliable ultra-low power connected devices is a complex and lengthy process.
The UK startup was founded by two engineers in chip design. They went to solve the typical problems challenging the uptake of IOT connectivity technologies using standard WiFi medium and operating in an extremely constrained power envelope. The existing offerings talk about flexibility and customisation but in practice, the user has to have another hub installed, or find an additional power source, or buy some subscription.
The new platform makes use of what most homes (and workplaces) already have: smartphones and local WiFi. See the Pictures below. It provides a hardware module to the designer or manufacturer, which can be integrated without coding to any software or internet service ecosystems or mobile apps. A lot of effort has been spent on ease of use, seamless integration and providing reliable ultra-low power experience for end-users and solution providers.
The hardware is extremely low power. It comes with HW deep sleep mode which consumes as little as 0.5 uA which allows a device to last on a single AAA battery for more than 15 years. The data traffic is one way and it can send more than 15000 data events on a single battery over WiFi.
The technology is already widely used by the community for various projects such as emergency buttons, doorbells, wireless light switch, monitoring banana plantations, monitoring cheese temperature in cellars, security alarms, monitoring overflow of heating boilers, smart mouse traps, smart cat flaps etc. All those devices are either connected to the automated system or can send data and notifications directly to client devices e.g. phones.
Currently, the data traffic is one way and the data rate is only limited by the battery. It is perfectly good to make a use case for various sensors. For example, it will make the adoption of various fire alarms and air quality sensors a lot easier. Smart home appliances can be made without any price increase.
The UK company seeks solution providers, designers and manufacturers of electronics devices and appliances. Applications include assisted living, industrial IoT, emergency buttons, doorbells, security alarms, and all types of sensors. They can acquire under license the design of the module or the off the shelf ultra-low power WiFi modules.