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Alternative Solutions for Powering IoT Devices

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In this article from the latest edition of the Newark element14 Tech Journal, we look at why edge devices need power, and the options for reducing this need to a level where energy harvesting becomes sustainable. We examine some examples of the most popular energy harvesting technologies available, and see how suitable storage devices can complement these.

Consider, for example, a tracker application in which a device is dropped into a parcel consigned for shipment; the user can track the parcel during its journey and check its progress or even if it has been damaged. Clearly, no wired connections are possible, so the device must communicate wirelessly while relying on an internal power source.

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