Sense

Small, flexible, and modular cyber-physical systems

 

Letting everything sense: a small, easy deployable and modular technology enabling virtually any object to sense, act and process data.

 

Motivation:

Electronic and other device manufacturers looking at the future, want to move towards ubiquitous computing, where physical objects embed sensing, actuating and processing capabilities.

Interconnecting and processing information retrieved through these cyber-physical systems, is a challenge in itself. Additionally, if developers are also concerned with the development of electronics, costs and time-to-market will sharply increase. This hampers business models associated with the Internet of Things (IoT) by slowing dissemination and uptake.

 

Solution:

We focus on facilitating the creation of modular, small, and flexible cyber-physical systems, that can be harmoniously combined into virtually all products: from heavy machinery to everyday objects, including wearables, kitchen tools or home appliances. Our development ecosystem is based on a modular hardware architecture that can be encapsulated into a single component, and offers sense, process, energy management and communication capabilities. A physical interface for adding new features is also available. Being an ecosystem, it offers a set of development tools ranging from firmware and software examples to Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) that seamlessly integrate into the most common operating systems.

 

Benefit:

Taking advantage of wafer-level packaging (WLP) technology, we managed to build a 7x12mm2 module that can be produced using industrial processes, thus making it available in large quantities at a reduced cost. By offering such a featured ecosystem, that eases and speeds the development process, we allow makers to focus on their value propositions and to create differentiated products, without being concerned with the burdens of electronics design and manufacturing, thus reducing the costs and time-to-market entry.

 

Highlighted Projects

 

PANDLETS

A novel architecture of embedded
electronics for wireless devices that can be used to develop Wearable and IoT solutions.

 

IoTiP

IoTip (Internet of things in Package) is a
development platform that stimulates the creation of new IoT solutions, to enable
former low-tech industries, by embeding technology in their solutions.

 

WGW4IoT

The Wireless Gateway for the Internet of Things (WGW4IoT) is targeted for industrial environments, being a valuable asset to
efficiently monitor, manage, and control
industry processes, thus leading to high
operational efficiency and reduced costs.

Further information

 

Relevant Services

 

Rapid Prototyping

 

Relevant Publications

 

Martins M., Pinheiro A.F., Ferreira R., Almeida S.A.F., Matos J., Oliveira H.M., Santos M. C., Monteiro H., Gamboa R., & Silva P. (2018). Heterogeneous Integration challenges within Wafer Level Fan-Out SiP for Wearables and IoT. In 68th IEEE Electronic Components and Technology Conference.

Resende C., Monteiro M., Oliveira J., Júnior W., Cavaleiro A., Silva R., & Carvalho R. (2018). WGW4IIoT: Wireless Gateway for Industrial IoT. In IEEE ISCC 2018 Workshops - Information and Communication Technologies for Industry 4.0. More info