The Internet of Things (IoT) is gradually taking shape. The technologies are moving toward a comprehensive network that will make our everyday lives easier, safer and more comfortable. Energy harvesting switches, sensors and actuators that supply necessary information for the IoT from billions of measuring points form an important element of this development.
All it takes is a flip of the energy harvesting wireless switch and the smart refrigerator starts the freezer turbo. Minutes later, the apple juice is cold. At the press of a button – even from the sofa. This is only one example of a new application made possible by seamless communication between different standards. In other scenarios, IP-enabled cameras are networked with energy harvesting sensors, the water sensor talks to the washing machine or the inlet valve and the house organizes its own optimum energy consumption according to the residents’ requirements.