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“SmartWindow”-Pablo Picasso meets Graham Bell

Today, we see numerous communication systems, from WiFi routers to bulky towers, but all of them require conventional power sources, wires and infrastructure, consuming a lot of resources and occupying a lot of space. The deployment of such communication systems disregards the overall aesthetics of the environment, giving an unappealing impression. The devices manufactured from non-biodegradable materials produce a lot of e-waste. In a nutshell, the current solutions seem inconsonant with the vision of future smart cities, especially in the context of Internet-of-Things (IoT) age. SmartWindow represents a unique and creative approach towards providing data connectivity by employing glass windows in our homes and offices as a communicating node, powered by solar energy. The concept of embedded technology is employed to develop a novel technique for mounting a communication module on a window. The SmartWindows form a cooperative communication network in a neighborhood, providing seamless data connectivity. Compared to the existing solutions, SmartWindow is 50% more energy-efficient. The materials used for manufacturing are 65% biodegradable, significantly reducing the e-waste. It presents an easily deployable solution, where users will just buy the SmartWindow module and paste it on their window to enjoy the services. It’s a “paste-and-play” solution. The most exciting feature is the customizable antenna design that blends in well with the décor of the house. The users could have the design of their choice printed on the window, e.g., a beautiful scenery, creating a wonderful fusion of art and technology, providing a unique experience. It is estimated that the number of internet users will rise to 4 Billion by 2020. SmartWindow could revolutionize the way we connect in future, providing a creative, sustainable, unique and artistic solution to network connectivity. SmartWindows could be a key to Smart cities, aiding the deployment and operation of 5G IoT.


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