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  • Zero Energy Development (ZED) produces wireless, battery-less sensors which run on ambient energy harvested from nearby surroundings.
  • Simple motions, such as buckling a belt or pressing a button, generate power that the sensors can detect and utilize.
  • Battery-free sensors drastically reduce the material and maintenance costs associated with IoT devices, making various operations and projects easier to achieve.

Internet of Things (IoT) devices have become extremely prevalent in the world due to the numerous benefits they offer, such as convenience and a more tailored user experience. A startup named Zero Energy Development (ZED) aims to further improve IoT devices by making them battery-free.

ZED produces wireless, battery-less sensors which run on ambient energy harvested from nearby surroundings. Even simple motions, such as buckling a belt or pressing a button, generate power that the sensors can detect and utilize. As a result, material and maintenance costs associated with IoT devices are drastically reduced.

ZED’s website lists a variety of potential uses for its technology. Operations such as smart transportation, flood detection, inventory management, and precision agriculture become much easier to achieve when using battery-free sensors. The low cost, low maintenance sensors can also make large scale predictive maintenance operations more accessible, in which sensors spread over vast areas can detect abnormalities and reduce system downtime.

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Innovation Origin’s article on ZED contains a quote from Niels Hokke, the co-founder of ZED, which reads, “The advantage of these sensors is that they are also greener. And you do not have to worry about them. The sensors always work and don’t require very much maintenance.” Speaking on his background in engineering, Hokke added, “I see opportunities for technology everywhere. This is where I need to focus.”