Customer case

Smartcubes nanocomputers use cases

Wed 06 Oct 2021

SmartCubes are miniaturized autonomous computers, without batteries, also called “harvesters”1, they draw their energy from ambient sources such as light, temperature differences, vibrations, among others... and are therefore equipped with different types of sensors (grey level camera, temperature, luminosity, humidity, and pressure).

They are able to transmit information by adjusting the volume and flow of information to what is strictly necessary for the use case. For example, transmitting information only when an event occurs. SmartCubes are intelligent sensors, i.e. equipped with computing capabilities that allow them to adapt to their environment.

The Innovation & Technologies division of an operator called on our strategic marketing consultants, experts in the IoT field to:

  • explore the use cases of SmartCubes and their competitive advantages,
  • understand the positioning of SmartCubes in the IoT market and its value chain
  • study the different scenarios for monetizing SmartCubes.

Positioning of smartcubes uses in the IoT value chain

Our experts proceeded in several steps:

  • A desk research on the concrete use cases of autonomous sensors, which allowed us to imagine how a harvester type sensor could be different,
  • From scientific studies, understand what can be asked of these devices: types of sensors, transmission capacity, telecom modules, in order to select realistic use cases.
  • Put these use cases back into the IoT value chain and formulate realistic monetization scenarios.

The complete study consists of:

  • a benchmark on the various sensors by use case,
  • a study of the current IoT value chain, adapted to the use of smartcubes,
  • an opportunity study on new possible use cases.

1. Harvester (or energy harvester): which can also be referred to as “energy harvest” is a technology designed to capture energy from the environment in order to operate an electronic device. Like renewable energies, energy harvesting uses the energy sources naturally present in our environment. (source :