UW-Madison researchers have created a new wireless network system that dramatically improves energy efficiency.

That’s according to an overview from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, which is seeking commercial partners to help develop the system. WARF says the technology is well-suited to the “smart agriculture” industry, where it could connect various sensors monitoring soil quality, livestock and other factors.

Because distributed wireless sensors need to be able to communicate over long distances while consuming minimal power to extend battery life, technologies like these are limited by a “trade-off between range and power,” the WARF tech summary shows.

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