New communication mechanism could revolutionize smart home industry

Thursday, February 7, 2019

modemMaking your house “smart” could soon become cheaper and easier, thanks to new technology developed by researchers at the University of Waterloo.

Their recent study describes an approach that can be used to deploy, for the first time, battery-free sensors into a home using existing WiFi networks. Previous attempts to use battery-free sensors ran into some obstacles making the efforts impractical. These hurdles include the need to modify existing WiFi access points, challenges with security protocols, and the need to use energy-hungry components.

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