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Battery-Free Wireless Sensors

Technology partnership harnesses vibration power for use in wireless factory networks.

Millennial Net, developer of hardware and software for self-organizing, wireless sensor networks, and Ferro Solutions, developer of energy-harvesting technologies, have announced a technology partnership and demonstrated a totally battery-free i-Bean wireless sensor networking device.

Millennial Net’s i-Beans are small, ultra-low power self-organizing wireless sensor networking computing devices that enable sensors and other monitoring and control appliances to connect over low data-rate wireless networks. Ferro Solutions’ Energy Harvesters generate electricity from vibrations that are barely noticeable to the human touch.

Combining the products reduces the total cost of ownership for implementing and maintaining wireless sensor networks by eliminating the need for batteries and the labor associated with battery replacements. The result is greater savings for end users and a new degree of freedom for systems designers and wireless device engineers.

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