In order to gain greater traction for its energy management technology, e-peas has now begun building a supply chain network to support it. The Belgian startup has announced the first three in what will be a series of distribution partnerships that it is currently establishing, with more announcements being made in the near future.
In the UK, the company will rely on assistance from Solid State Supplies, while Unitronic and Kamaka will be providing coverage for the whole of the DACH region (Germany, Austria and Switzerland). Each of these is highly astute from a technical perspective and will thus be able to deliver the in-depth application knowledge needed by customers as they look to implement power-frugal IoT wireless sensor/actuator systems. By offering direct contact, combined with authoritative advice, they will be better able to service potential customers in these countries, leading to more productive interactions and accelerating project development cycles.
The management team at e-peas recognized that selecting distributors that were engineering-led was of great importance. This will mean that their FAEs can help educate a greater proportion of the market about the value of taking an energy harvesting-based approach to IoT deployment, especially in remote or inaccessible locations where replacing batteries proves challenging.
They will also be able to show how the advanced energy management technology developed by e-peas is the critical element needed to achieve this – enabling systems that are capable of extracting energy from the surrounding environment (via photovoltaic, vibrational, RF and thermal gradient mechanisms) in order to reduce operational expense and extend working lifespan.
The level of expertise that Solid State Supplies, Unitronic and Kamaka can respectively provide will also allow a greater breadth of application possibilities to be explored in the future. Encompassed within this list will be building automation, smart metering systems, asset tracking, industrial control/monitoring, wearable devices, e-health and infrastructure for smart cities.
“We have seen interest in our products grow substantially over the course of last year and having fully effective supply chain partners in place is a key phase in the company’s ongoing progression, as we prepare to further expand our product portfolio during 2018,” said Geoffroy Gosset, co-founder and CEO of e-peas.
“Through our new distribution arrangements we are now in a much stronger position than ever to address the constantly rising demand for battery-less, maintenance-free technology in IoT deployments, from smart homes to Industry 4.0 automation systems. Our clients will be able to accomplish their design objectives without engineering compromises, while also ensuring quicker time to market.”