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The Retail and Logistics Industry Awaits For an Era of Eco-Friendly “Disposal IoDT”

By Debjani Chaudhury - July 12, 2019 3 Mins Read

The internet of disposable devices is a new paradigm propelling the rapid evolution of wireless sensor networks.

The news of researchers creating a bacteria-powered, non-hazardous miniature battery which can be implanted into the packaging set-ups and shipping labels to monitor real-time tracking and temperature of packages has made the entire industry curious. A future of disposable IoT devices will ensure global connectivity across networks. It will be particularly useful in the retail and logistics industry, being attached to single-use plastics packaging or in cardboard boxes. Researchers confirm commercializing a bacteria-powered miniature battery that will propel the IoDT innovation market.

Firms are currently dependent on environmentally hazardous and expensive batteries, which costs up to any large-scale deployment. The new battery that researchers are working on is chargeable through power created by bacteria. It doesn’t require any acids or metals for operation. The device is ideal for adoption in the retail and supply-chain logistics industry as it is specially designed to provide energy to sensors and radios in single-use IoT devices. Also, this device would be a boon to the packaged food industry, with sensors monitoring location and temperature, preventing spoilage along with safer food handling. Other significant utility would be in the battery-impregnated shipping labels, sending real-time data to the internet

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The IoT battery is powered by slow release of nutrients from the bacteria that are converted into “low standing power.” This makes this biobattery disposable, low-cost, and environmentally friendly. The new developments in the IoT space have commendably increased the compatibility of IoT into every conceivable item ensuring no environment damage in the process.

Developed by a team of researchers from Binghamton University, this mini bacteria-powered, paper-based biobattery can connect to the internet for short durations to ensure longevity. Along with the compact design, the advantage it has is that this inexpensive battery functions conveniently only for a programmed period. Post usage these paper-based batteries can be disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner. Firms are eagerly waiting for the launch of these bio batteries to replace the historic low power density and energy-intensive fluidic feeding operation.

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The solid-state compartments of the battery significantly enhance the power duration without any maintenance complications. Unlike other IoDT power sources, this biobattery is a revolutionary concept that comes as an environment saver. With the fast pace adoption and expansion of the Internet of Things, IoDT will play a crucial role in the sustainable development and environmental protection in the coming years.

Connected devices are shining to be the significant drivers of change in the future with demands multiplying demand in public and the private sector for better energy distribution. Amid all of these trends and predictions, the future ahead is a promising one and certainly worth looking forward to.

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Debjani Chaudhury

Debjani Chaudhury works as an Associate Editor with OnDot Media. In this capacity, she contributes editorial articles for two platforms, focusing on the latest global technology and trends.Debjani is a seasoned Content Developer who comes with 3 years of experience with Fashion, IT, and International Marketing industries. She has represented India in International trade forums like Hannover Messe, Germany.

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