October 29, 2014 – Two topics that are currently receiving a lot of attention are the Internet of Things (IoT) and the deployment of numerous sensors. Of particular interest is the concept of smart sensors and “processing on the edge.” Consider the case of a sensor that detects whether or not someone is in a room, and uses this information to activate or dim the lights, for example. The original technologies used for this type of application were relatively simple, such as PIR (passive infrared) sensors that were used for motion detection. One problem with these older technologies was lack of intelligence, resulting in the lights being extinguished if the room’s occupants stopped moving around for any length of time.

Max Maxfield, Editor

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