Summary of the technology
A technology that enables the communication from an off-the-shelf Wi-Fi device to non-Wi-Fi Internet of Things appliances, only through a software up-date.
Partners to further develop the system and/or to establish commercial agreements along with technical cooperation are sought
Description of the technology
Wi-Fi communications are nowadays an indissoluble part of our daily life. Our phones, laptops, tablet PCs even our wristwatches are equipped with such technology, allowing us to be connected everywhere, all the time. Coping with users’ increasing demands, Wi-Fi technology is becoming more and more sophisticated with each new generation to provide more capacity and less delay, but it comes at a cost: more complexity, power consumption, etc.
On the other hand, many small devices are making their way into our smart home or smart cities to become part of the forthcoming Internet of Things (IoT). Those IoT devices require simple, cheap and low energy consuming communications solutions. Then, how can we connect both worlds? Could we connect our Wi-Fi with other (non-Wi-Fi) “things”?
To tackle that challenge, we could design a new Wi-Fi transmitter, capable of generating new radio signals that our target IoT devices can “understand”. This would require a new generation of Wi-Fi chipsets and, thus, a long and expensive time to market.
Our alternative, however, consists in giving a new use to functions and signals that are already present in Wi-Fi transmitters. With only a software update, our technology makes it possible for existing Wi-Fi devices (billions of devices already!) to communicate with a very simple receiver, suitable for many IoT applications.
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - UPC
Technology Transfer Office