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R_Colin_Johnson
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re: HP pursues 'sensing-as-a-service'
R_Colin_Johnson   11/16/2010 3:19:29 AM
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HP's Duncombe told me privately that there will be a learning curve to getting started in "sensors as a service" for all the reasons you state, plus a few others about legal responsibility. The one thing that bothers me, is that it will be hard to tune these systems for "false positives." For less critical applications, you have many examples from which to learn, but how many times does a bridge collapse?

Mark Wehrmeister
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Mark Wehrmeister   11/14/2010 7:04:12 AM
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Of course there would be a large consulting component to each "sensing as a service" project. The kind of consulting that has been going on for many years in the design of instrumentation and telemetry systems. The third-party monitoring and interpretation of the data is the new aspect of their strategy. If they are going to coin a new phrase like "Sensing as a Service", however, they should have named it something else so that the acronym would not be confused with Software as a Service. What about "Instrumentation as a Service"?

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SLang   11/9/2010 11:48:46 AM
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This kind of comments I have seen thousand times and since long ago. MEMS sounds like HighTech, but offers very few jobs in industy. I have obtained my Ph.D. in this field, however cannot even assure a position like process engineer in any foundry. Actually I'm doing some programming to earn a living. In my company most of the application engineers have background in physics instead of MEMS. According to my opinion MEMS is a big lie for students.

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agk   11/6/2010 10:34:23 AM
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Sensors a service by HP will be bought by many dur to their reputation in the market based on their quality products. This service requires highly talented and experienced man power to analyze the data since the data received from the sensors will be random in nature due to various factors influencing the sensors.To be sucessfull in this venture independent monitoring and study is required for every installation Expensive!!

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re: HP pursues 'sensing-as-a-service'
KB3001   11/6/2010 1:09:21 AM
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Agree. 4G should solve many bandwidth problems, but the key is in reducing the cost of sensors and infrastructure mangement to the necessary level to achieve massive economies of scale. Here, killer app(s) must be found. Safety critical apps ain't it in my opinion. Consumer apps will be.

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Robotics Developer   11/6/2010 1:02:52 AM
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The concept seems great but I am wondering how soon it can be really a profitable business. I would agree with the postings pointing out that there are many obstacles to the remote sensing and transmission of data. I can't help but think that 4G networking could solve much of those data communication problem. The question is cost and reliability. At some point both the cost of using a low bandwidth 4G connection and the meshing of multiple redundant sensors should overcome the current limitations. Who knows what great strides await then? I could see preemptive warning emails/phone calls (automated) prior to a bridge failure preventing a collapse due to failing supporting structures. Really neat idea. My sense is that it will be sooner than we think.

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KB3001   11/6/2010 12:22:48 AM
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Sensors are indeed the promising semiconductor market segment that can provide exponential growth figures for years to come. I think sensing-as-a-service will be with us sooner than some expect.

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re: HP pursues 'sensing-as-a-service'
goafrit   11/5/2010 10:43:34 PM
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MEMS is just starting and it is not only HP that is playing in this technology. Many firms are actively involved. The future of global sensing needs will be more than 60% in MEMS. I do not even think that HP can play well in this technology as a leader. I see some startups with new ideas that merge with nanotechnology.

nicolas.mokhoff
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nicolas.mokhoff   11/5/2010 9:03:03 PM
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DrQuine: you bring out good points about the needed infrastructure to sustain all that data from sensors and interpret it properly. Not sure where the numbers for the potential market come from; they seem exceedingly optimistic to me.

DrQuine
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re: HP pursues 'sensing-as-a-service'
DrQuine   11/5/2010 7:37:49 PM
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"Sensing as a service" sounds like a great idea - but the sensor seems to be the tip of the iceberg. A lot more infrastructure is required for power, data processing, and connection to the web. Will multiple sensors on a bridge link together to a common wireless transmitter or will a mesh of low power transmitters relay the data to the cloud? Processes will also need to be developed to address the inevitable connectivity failures - do they represent a bridge collapse or salt in the power supply?



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