‘ICT4EE’ is an industry oriented group at Tyndall with a mission statement that is embedded in its group name, identifying and exploiting ICT opportunities to improve energy efficiency in buildings, micro-grids and smart cities. At the heart of this lies a ‘one stop shop’ based on the following enabling technologies for IoT devices that are developed and system integrated in close collaboration with other Tyndall groups and with academic and industry partners and associations.
WSN (Wireless Sensors Networks) – IoT devices and systems can be retrofitted into new and existing equipment and infrastructure. This enables data to be gathered to help with deciding on how energy savings can be made and renewable energies seamlessly and efficiently integrated. It can also be used undertake conditional monitoring of equipment i.e. to enable predictive maintenance.
Energy Harvesting – eliminating the need for battery replacement in IoT devices or at least extending their battery life through careful power management coupled with identifying and maximizing use of ambient energies in a given application environment. The group specializes in development of application specific power management solutions (simulation models and hardware) and system integration of Tyndall and OEM transducers and storage devices.
PSiP & PwrSoc – PSiP (power supply in package) entails embedding power electronics in multi-chip modules along with sensors, transceivers and other components found in IoT devices. PwrSoC (power supply on chip) comprises embedding circuits and components onto Silicon where possible. This is critical for reducing power consumption, energy harvesting compatibility and form factor of IoT devices for as well as improving their robustness.