Posted October 30, 2023

TIME names inventory-tracking pixel technology to Best Inventions list

Wiliot, the Internet of Things pioneer whose IoT platform is enabling trillions of “things” to gain intelligence, announced that its ambient IoT Pixels and Visibility Platform have been named to TIME’s list of the Best Inventions of 2023.

Wiliot IoT pixel inventory tracking technologyWith Wiliot, businesses are now equipped with the real-time carbon data for every single product in their supply chains, providing them a high-accuracy real-time view of their carbon footprint.

In addition to its real-time carbon footprinting, Wiliot’s ambient IoT Visibility Platform is also helping some of the world’s largest companies transition to fully automated, completely transparent supply chains that meet the challenges of omni-channel competition, reduce waste, improve food safety and quality, and enhance medicine efficacy.

The Wiliot ambient IoT Visibility Platform connects the digital and physical worlds using its IoT Pixels – stamp-sized, self-powered compute devices that cost only pennies. These IoT Pixels can attach to any “thing” to connect it to the internet; not just expensive things like cars, appliances, and shipping containers, but the things inside them: fruits, veggies, vaccine vials, clothes, crates, and just about everything else.

Once connected, products transmit real-time, item-level information about their location, temperature, humidity, and even carbon footprint – equipping businesses with the data they need to reduce their carbon emissions and enhance their supply chain sustainability.

To compile the list of 2023 best inventions, TIME solicited nominations from editors and correspondents around the world, and through an online application process, paying special attention to growing fields—such as AI, green energy, and sustainability. TIME then evaluated each contender on several key factors, including originality, efficacy, ambition, and impact.

“Inefficiencies and waste across supply chains have a significant impact on the planet,” said Antony Yousefian, Wiliot’s vice president climate & circularity. “Wiliot addresses these inefficiencies by creating an ambient IoT that brings intelligence and internet connectivity to every single ‘thing’ in the global supply chain, enabling products to transmit item-level information about their location, temperature, and carbon footprint. We are honored to have Wiliot and our breakthrough ambient IoT Pixels recognized by the editors of TIME.”

“What could once only be tracked roughly, in the aggregate, and on an annual basis, can now be tracked in-real-time, at the item-level, and with complete accuracy – a reality that will have a profound impact on planetary sustainability,” Yousefian added.

TIME’s editors write: “The result is a list of 200 groundbreaking inventions (and 50 special mention inventions)—including the world's most powerful supercomputer, a game-changing entertainment venue, and a new shape—that are changing how we live, work, play, and think about what’s possible.”

Furthermore, the Wiliot platform is also playing a major role in helping food producers and retailers comply with new FDA traceability rules. As part of the Food Safety and Modernization Act’s Rule 204 (FSMA 204), companies must track the safety of food products and share traceability data with the FDA and consumers.

Wiliot has been validated through a series of commercial wins and recognitions – including customer agreements, manufacturing partnerships, prestigious event invitations, and award wins.

Wiliot is now working with many of the world’s largest retail, food & beverage, and healthcare companies. To deliver on these massive orders, Wiliot has partnered with leading smart tag manufacturers – Avery Dennison, Identiv, and Tadbik – to enable Wiliot to scale to meet this exploding demand.