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Manchester scientists develop graphene sensors that could revolutionise the Internet of Things


Researchers at The University of Manchester have devised graphene sensors embedded into RFIDs, which have the potential to revolutionise the Internet of Things (IoT).

By layering graphene-oxide (a derivative of graphene) over graphene to create a flexible heterostructure the team have developed humidity sensors for remote sensing with the ability to connect to any wireless network.

Graphene was the world’s first two-dimensional material isolated in 2004 at The University of Manchester, it is stronger than steel, lightweight, flexible and more conductive than copper.

Since then a whole family of other 2D materials have been discovered and continues to grow.

Using graphene and other 2D materials, scientists can layer these materials, similar to stacking bricks of Lego in a precisely chosen sequence known as van der Waals heterostructures to create high-performance structures tailored to a specific purpose.

As reported in Scientific Reports, the groundbreaking nature of this development is that such sensors can be printed layer-by-layer for scalable and mass production at very low cost. The device also requires no battery source as it harvests power from the receiver.

Sensors with a RFID enabler are at the heart of the IoT. This new development can provide various applications such as battery-free smart wireless monitoring for manufacturing processes that are sensitive to moisture, food safety, healthcare and nuclear waste.

The developed technique has the potential to simplify how the information is gathered through its wireless system, nor is it is limited to a particular wireless network and has the ability to be compatible with networks including WiFi and 5G.

Dr Zhirun Hu who led the work said: The excitement does not end with this new application here, but leads to the future possibilities of integrations of this technique with other 2D materials to open up a new horizon of wireless sensing applications.

Professor Sir Kostya Novoselov, who won the Nobel Prize in Physics and coordinated the project, added: It is the first example of the printable technology where several 2D materials come together to create a functional device immediately suitable for industrial applications. The Internet of Things is the fast growing segment of technology, and I’m sure that 2D materials will play an important role there.

Advanced materials is one of The University of Manchester’s research beacons – examples of pioneering discoveries, interdisciplinary collaboration and cross-sector partnerships that are tackling some of the biggest questions facing the planet. #ResearchBeacons


PrismTech Part of Manchester’s Winning Bid for UK’s £10m Internet of Things (IoT) City Demonstrator

 PrismTech will supply its Vortex IoT Data Sharing Platform to Manchester’s CityVerve project

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PrismTech™, a global leader in software platforms for distributed systems, has announced that it is part of a ground breaking public-private consortium that has won a £10m national competition for Manchester to be the UK’s Internet of Things (IoT) City Demonstrator, awarded by The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

Together with Manchester City Council, the partnership includes global technology giant Cisco UK, the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University, MSP, the UK’s largest service and property partner to pioneering science and technology companies, BT, and innovative UK SMEs including PrismTech.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is about connecting physical objects with the internet giving us a previously unimagined world of data that can be used to significantly improve our daily lives.  It is envisaged that the technology could be used to improve life for residents across an entire city, and that is the aim of Manchester’s CityVerve project.

The project will demonstrate applications of IoT and services in four areas: healthcare, transport, energy and environment and culture and community.

Elements of the CityVerve project include:

  • A ‘biometric sensor network’ to manage chronic respiratory conditions in patients
  • A network of sensors positioned in parks, along commuter and school routes to track the physical activity of individuals and teams
  • Talkative bus stops which will allow passengers to let bus operators know they are waiting
  • Smart lighting to improve safety along pedestrian routes
  • Bike sharing on the Oxford Road Corridor
  • Smart air-quality monitoring by lamp posts on the Oxford Road Corridor

PrismTech will supply its Vortex™ Intelligent Data Sharing Platform to provide data connectivity and data management services to the project.  Based on the Object Management Group™’s Data Distribution Service (DDS) for Real-time System standard, Vortex enables device-to-device, device-to-cloud and cloud-to-cloud data sharing in real-time.  It is a crucial enabler for systems that must reliably and securely deliver high volumes of data with stringent end-to-end qualities-of-service.  Vortex has the ability to deliver the right information to the right place at the right time – a perfect fit for Smart City IoT applications.

“We’re delighted that PrismTech is part of the winning City Demonstrator bid,” said Lawrence Ross, CEO, PrismTech.  “We are sure that our Vortex technology can play a key role enabling the City’s data to flow to where it adds most value and contributing to a successful project that demonstrates real benefits to the people of Manchester.”

For more information on the City Demonstrator Project visit: http://www.mspl.co.uk/manchester-announced-as-uks-internet-of-things-iot-city-demonstrator-and-awarded-10m-investment/

Further information about Vortex is available from PrismTech’s website at: http://www.prismtech.com/vortex.

Source: PrismTech