Weightless - 2012 Technology of the Year Award

This year's award was awarded to Weightless, a proprietary, royalty-free, open standard for wireless machine-to-machine communications using TV white-space spectrum. The use of white-space spectrum, together with the unique characteristics of M2M traffic compared to human traffic means that the use of existing standards is far from optimal. The Weightless standard is optimized for this specific scenario and provides TDD operation with a wide range of provided data rates depending on the application, range and operating environment. The standard was designed to minimize cost and power consumption, featuring a chipset cost of less than $2, a range of up to 10km and a battery life of 10 years.

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