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December 2015, Volume 3, Number 6

FreeWire Technologies taps IoT to expand greener energy

Manufacturers are realizing that smarter analytics of bigger data from more sensors can extend the life of their expensive equipment. FreeWire Technologies Inc., based in San Leandro, Calif., takes that concept a step further by making its large, long-lasting battery packs mobile and outfitting them with wireless Internet to sell "charging as a service." FreeWire Technologies' primary market, electric vehicles, has an infrastructure problem: not enough charging stations. But what if it's possible to make mobile charging stations by recycling second-life batteries? That's what FreeWire's Mobi Charger does, with the help of an on-site technician who takes orders and payments through a smartphone app. In another market, FreeWire Technologies' Mobi Gen replaces diesel generators that power the bright lights used for nighttime highway projects and other construction sites. CEO Arcady Sosinov said his company "pivoted" into the diesel market after realizing it could enter the $25-billion industry dominated by household names like ...

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