Sunday, January 10, 2016

Printed Electronics: The Key to the Proliferation of IoT

In the years to come, 3D printing techniques will be optimized to create integrated circuits and other plastic printed electronics, which will be critical to the development and proliferation of the Internet of Things (IoT).

IoT is the network of physical objects or “things” embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity, which enable these objects to collect and exchange data. IoT will bring about the innovative connectivity of devices, systems and services to advance automation in nearly every industry. With IoT, connectivity is possible for devices like human heart monitor implants, biochips in farm animals, field operation tools for police and firemen and built-in sensor packages for automobiles and kitchen appliances. 

The industry itself is growing at an alarming rate. Forbes estimates that within the next five years, there will be more than 25 billion devices, sensors and chips handling upwards of 50 trillion gigabytes of data.

The value of IoT is that it provides insight into data and trends that weren’t previously visible.  Feeling bogged down at work with tedious, repetitive tasks?  Perhaps not for long.  IoT promises to absorb those tasks for us, allowing people to flourish at their jobs.  In fact, many industries are already taking advantage of IoT. For example, the utility industry is using IoT to enable the construction of smart energy grids, which can allow them to save money and increase efficiency. In the healthcare industry, we are seeing the proliferation of wearable technology.

PV Nano Cell’s Sicrys™ nanometric conductive inks are currently being used to accelerate the adoption of printed electronics and have the potential to move the IoT industry to increased growth.  With the advancement of printed electronics, intelligence can be brought to virtually any object by enabling the use of fast, inexpensive inkjet printing technologies that can be used on flexible substrates such as plastic, fabric or even paper, as well as enabling 2.5D and 3D printed electronics.

With 3D printing, the electronics can be embedded within the structural material, which promises to revolutionize the electronics industry by allowing for smaller, lighter, more efficient and more customized products. Our Sicrys™ nanometric conductive inks are already being used to develop antennas and printed circuit boards.

Of all the technology trends that are taking place right now, one of the most fascinating is the advancement of IoT technologies. IoT is expected to result in the most disruption, opening doors to new opportunities over the next few years. Enabling IoT through the production and advancement of technologies is key to driving the industry. PV Nano Cell looks forward to being apart of this world-changing trend.