New form factors for IoT products with 3D Printing Electronics

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As the world of 3D-printing is evolving, electronics is quickly becoming a new key topic for. Functional elements such as sensors, switches and printed circuit boards are now being integrated into 3D-printed products, paving the way for exciting new markets, applications and opportunities.

Although 3D Printing is percieved as a low volume manufacturing technology, more and more companies come with new solutions.

For instance Neotech AMT. The CEO of this company, Martin Hedges, will give a presentation at the 2021 edition of the 3D Printing Electronics Conference (21 January 2021), titled ‘ Scalable 3D Printed Electronics – from “Fully Additive” to High Volume’.

This presentation will review the state-of-the-art related to the production of 3D mechatronic systems using Additive Manufacturing (AM) and review developments for scaling the processes through all stages, from one off prototyping to high volume manufacture.

Another example is the TINKER project, about Sensor fabrication via additive manufacturing for automotive sector.

This European project will be presented by Leo Schranzhofer, Project Manager / Research Scientist, Profactor GmbH at the same 3D Printing Electronics Conference, titled ‘Sensor package fabrication via additive manufacturing for automotive sector – An introduction to the TINKER project

This H2020 project, coordinated by Leo Schranzhofer, PROFACTOR, started at 01.10.2020. Notion Systems and PV nanocell are partners in the consortium and will be mentioned in the talk.

The vision of TINKER is to provide a new cost- and resource efficient pathway for RADAR and LIDAR sensor package fabrication with high throughput up to 250units/min, improved automation by 20%, improved accuracy by 50% and reliability by a factor of 100 to the European automotive and microelectronic industry via additive manufacturing and inline feedback control mechanisms.

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Adaptation: How Tech needs Design to conquer the user’s heart and mind

Koen van Niekerk

by Koen van Niekerk, UX Director, VanBerlo

Technology needs fertile ground to bloom. Even the best tech ideas fail if the circumstances and timing are off. This presentation will highlight key success factors for technology adaptation and strategies to get there


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What is Li-Fi?

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According to Wikipedia: Li-Fi (ˈlaɪfaɪ; short for light fidelity) is wireless communication technology, which utilizes light to transmit data and position between devices.

In technical terms, Li-Fi is a light communication system (hence based on photonics) that is capable of transmitting data at high speeds over the visible light, ultraviolet, and infrared spectrums. In its present state, only LED lamps can be used for the transmission of visible light.

In terms of its end use, the technology is similar to Wi-Fi – the key technical difference being that Wi-Fi uses radio frequency to transmit data.

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ITU-T G.9991, the new LiFi standard ready for product deployment

Marcos Martinez

by Marcos Martinez, MaxLinear Inc

The new G.9991 Recommendation (“High-speed indoor visible light communication transceiver – System architecture, physical layer and data link layer specification”) recently published by ITU-T is a major step in the wide adoption of LiFi technology in different applications from home/enterprise networking to IoT.

This new Recommendation describes a low-latency, high speed communication system specifically designed to overcome the challenges of LiFi. With the publication of the Recommendation several ASIC implementations are now available leading to the first LiFi mature commercial products.

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Indoor Navigation with Visible Light Communication

Onno Janssen

by Onno Janssen, Value Proposition Developer, Signify

Signify goes beyond illumination. Interact Indoor Navigation, providing indoor location using light is a good example. You’ll see some application examples, and learn how it works.

If you want to see it for yourself then please register for the demo in the Lighting Application Center during lunch break.


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IoT and Li-Fi: Interoperability and business impact

Farid Bichareh

by Farid Bichareh, CTO AASA Inc – 01LightComm, IIC Smart Factory Co-Chair

In today’s World, the most important element of success for any business, industry or even person’s life is to be connected and have realtime access to the constant stream of data being generated by the environment, devices and processes that we interact with. This means that our World becomes data-driven to enrich our decisions and planning, and give us more control over our lives.

The implementation of data-driven World through IoT/IIoT solutions has some connectivity challenges when it comes to reliable bidirectional communication, security, safety, energy consumption, bandwidth, operability, adoption, and standardization. To overcome some of these challenges, RF has started to transit from cm-wave to mm-wave known as 5th generation of RF wireless communication, or 5G. Despite of this development, due to characteristics of radio frequency, there are still several shortcomings that need to be addressed to make the connected World concept comes true.

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Enhance Lighting for the Internet of Things

Volker Jungnickel

by Volker Jungnickel, Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute

Today’s Internet of Things (IoT), covering any communication between devices, is narrowband and not always provides reliability and low latency at the same time. A wide range of future IoT applications, i.e. flexible manufacturing, augmented reality and autonomous cars, will use artificial intelligence in the cloud to process sensor data jointly in real time.

This future IoT will need mobile communication providing high bandwidth, reliable connectivity and low latency at the same time. While radio spectrum is densely populated, light communication (LC) can use unlicensed optical spectrum and enable high data rates over short distances for future IoT. By networking multiple LC-enabled access points, also known as Li-Fi, one can build a new mobile communication system integrated with lighting infrastructure that enables the future IoT.

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Optical wireless communications technologies for the internet of things

Dominic O'Brien

by Dominic O’Brien, Professor of Engineering Science, Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford

The Internet of Things (IoT) presents a wide range of implementation challenges, including ensuring security, lowering energy consumption, and providing reliable communications. Optical Wireless Communications (OWC) and LiFi can assist in achieving this, and provide secure contained communications channels, energy that can be harvested by IoT nodes, and critically; new regions of the electromagnetic spectrum to alleviate the demands on the congested RF spectrum.

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