SANTA CLARA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–For the first time ever, ultra-low-power, self-sustaining (battery-free) technology in the form of active devices is being represented in planning the roadmap for 6G — Everactive, maker of self-powered IoT systems, has joined Next G Alliance, the group developing guidance for North America’s leadership in 6G.
The Next G Alliance was established by ATIS, the North American operating partner for the 3GPP, and is a group committed to ensuring that the U.S. is prepared for the next generation of wireless. The group cites growing competition around the globe in the pursuit of technology roadmaps and market dominance in some of the most critical technologies and wireless infrastructure as the key impetus to gather industry leaders around wireless standards.
While other companies have proposed “zero-power systems” similar to RFID tags in 5G and now 6G, the Everactive devices are active, not passive. For the first time, this is a vision that could reach the full potential of the IoT – many hundreds of billions of devices connected over a future worldwide 6G cellular network.
Everactive CTO and Co-founder Dr. David Wentzloff serves on the National 6G Roadmap committee in addition to 3 working groups: Applications, Green G, and Spectrum Technology.
“As far as the future of cellular connectivity, we’re not just focusing on the needs of cell phones,” said Wentzloff, who is also a professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at University of Michigan. “We need to focus also on the needs of IoT devices to shape the future of batteryless devices to connect directly to cellular networks. As the global mindset evolves from making more energy, to using less energy and harnessing the energy all around us, we’re eager to bring the batteryless perspective to this important conversation to help determine the future of 6G.”
In collaboration with its partners, Everactive delivers the most scalable and cost-effective micro-renewable energy solutions. The company’s proprietary low-power energy harvesting and wireless technology enables completely batteryless and always-on Internet of Things systems. Ruggedized for harsh industrial settings, Everactive Edge devices provide continuous insight into asset health across a range of equipment and throughout entire plants and facilities. The company has offices in Silicon Valley, Ann Arbor, and Charlottesville. For more information, please visit: www.everactive.com.