Wiliot to debut RF-powered Bluetooth tag

January 07, 2019 //By Peter Clarke
Wiliot to debut RF-powered Bluetooth tag
Wiliot Ltd., an Israel and San Diego-based fabless chip company, has developed a battery-free Bluetooth sensor tag that it will be demonstrating at the National Retail Federation exhibition (NRF 2019) in New York, January 13 to 15.

The Bluetooth chip, which includes an ARM processor core, is powered by ambient radio and therefore requires no battery and has unlimited life. Wiliot has developed the tag as a small sticker including both processing power and sensors, and reckons it costs a fraction of the price of traditional Bluetooth beacon devices.

As such the device has the potential to enable applications in retail, manufacturing, logistics and consumer industries.

Wiliot sensors are can be printed on plastic or paper tags and used to authenticate the proximity of a product, transmitting an encrypted serial number along with weight and temperature data.

Wiliot was founded in 2017 in Israel and San Diego by a group of engineers whose previous company, 60GHz Wi-Fi pioneer Wilocity, was acquired by Qualcomm in 2014 for approximately $400 million.

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