Backscatter technology evaluation platform announced

August 06, 2020 //By Rich Pell
Backscatter technology evaluation platform announced
Backscatter communications startup Jeeva Wireless has announced the availability of a technology evaluation platform for ultra-low-power wireless to connect disposable edge sensors to the IoT cloud.

The initial evaluation license along with a hardware/software kit, says the company, is for prospective customers to assess the company's patented passive backscatter RF modulation and energy harvesting technology platform.

"With the release of our technology evaluation kit, we're excited to be able to offer our partners premier access to this game-changing platform," says Jeeva's CEO Scott Bright. "The ability to economically connect everyday objects to the 'Internet of Everything' means we can help fast-moving goods manufacturers create more efficient supply chains."

The company's passive backscatter radio technology, says Bright, can enable battery-free, disposable sensors to provide real-time, unit-level data generated directly by products and packaging at the point of use and throughout the entire distribution path. By monitoring consumption rates and tracking inventory location and velocity, suppliers can now offer services like automated replenishment, expiration tracking, FIFO queueing, and environmental parameter monitoring.

In addition, says the company, the benefits of deploying this capability in consumable products include protection against counterfeiting and substitution and can aid in loss prevention of high value items.

In addition to the technology platform, the company announced two new Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant awards - an add-on grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and a newly awarded grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Aaron Parks, Jeeva Co-Founder and V.P. of Product, says, "Continued ongoing support from the National Science Foundation has been crucial to Jeeva's story, helping us bring what started as a lab experiment all the way to commercial readiness. This new award will let us quickly ramp up a solution to some very real and specific customer needs."

The latest NSF grant, says the company, an add-on to its ongoing Phase II SBIR award, will help it bring its technology into hospitals and health clinics in the form of inventory intelligence systems for fast-moving medical supplies such as boxes of disposable gloves, masks, tubing, and syringes. The

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