Xerox subidiary PARC has received funds from the Energy Department‘s Building Technologies Office to develop wireless sensor stickers in an effort to help cut energy consumption in buildings, factories and cities.
PARC’s “peel-and-stick” sensors are designed to help collect data about a building’s environment as well as support auto-locating, commissioning and automatic wall mapping operations, Xerox said Tuesday.
“Distributed sensing enables richer knowledge of any environment, detecting air quality, temperature, humidity, occupancy, and more,” said David Schwartz, project lead and manager of energy devices and systems at PARC.
“Sensors need to be low-cost, easily deployed, require little or no maintenance, and be able to store enough energy to do their job.”
PARC received the funds as part of a $19 million investment by DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to increase energy efficiency in the country’s homes, offices, schools, hospitals, restaurants and stores.