Sydney based innovator Morse Micro is developing Wi-Fi HaLow silicon chips that use a fraction of the power consumed by traditional Wi-Fi chips and offer long-range, secure Wi-Fi for Internet of Things technologies. The Wi-Fi HaLow chip uses the 900MHz radio band, which is lower than the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands used by conventional Wi-Fi. It allows signals to reach further and pass through objects better using less power. It supports long-lasting battery life on devices which is an important feature for remote field-based applications.
Over 8,000 devices can be connected to a single access point, with data rates of many megabits-per-second. This enables use in a wide range of applications; beyond the traditional IoT use cases of smart homes and sensor networks to industrial controls, asset management, video, retail signs and displays.
The Clean Energy Innovation Fund invested A$1.8 million as part of the A$23.8 million Series A capital raising by Morse Micro in May 2019. The capital raising will help bring the Wi-FI HaLow chips to mass production and commercialisation.