August's Blog Series Theme: Ideas That Inspire
The ample availability of ambient backscatter technology and the possibilities it offers for radio-frequency identification (RFID) communication is inspiring the imaginations of building product manufacturers.
This technology is being researched by a team at the University of Washington for its application in the manufacturing world. It is a highly untapped resource for battery-free communication that can be implemented within things like roofs and walls to detect current and future issues.
The creation of these RFID's is affordable and easily maintainable, which makes them ideal for prolonged use in manufactured structures.
All of this adds up to smarter buildings that can identify and prevent structural issues.
For More Information:
Original Article: New Technology May Provide Power from Within the Building Envelope
The University of Washington's Research: Ambient Backscatter: Wireless Communication Out of Thin Air