As the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to grow and expand, so does the need for more sophisticated sensor systems that can handle the data processing and computing needs of these devices. A new sensor system developed by researchers at the University of Michigan may provide the answer.
This system, called Michigan Integrated Sensor Technology for Androids (M-ISTRA), is designed to be low-power and scalable, while providing the high-performance computing power needed to support IoT applications.
The M-ISTRA system features a central processing unit (CPU) that is capable of handling up to four different sensing tasks simultaneously. It also includes a sensor hub that can be used to connect and manage up to eight different types of sensors.
All of this computing power is housed in a package that is just 3mm by 3mm – about the size of a penny. This makes it one of the smallest and most efficient sensor systems of its kind.
One of the key features of M-ISTRA is its power management system, which is designed to extend the battery life of IoT devices. In tests, the system was able to reduce the power consumption of an Android smartphone by up to 30 percent.
The M-ISTRA system is also highly scalable. By adding more CPU units, the system can support even more sensors and more complex computing tasks.
The research team is now working on a version of M-ISTRA that will be able to support real-time applications, such as video streaming and virtual reality. They are also working on a version that can be used in autonomous vehicles.
The M-ISTRA sensor system has the potential to revolutionize the way that IoT devices are designed and used. This tiny and efficient system could soon be powering everything from smart homes to autonomous cars.
A new sensor system for internet of things devices integrates processing and computing resources to enable scalable, real-time data analytics and decision-making, researchers say.
The system, called the Multi-Scale Integrated Sensing and Computing (MUSIC) platform, is designed to be used with a variety of sensor types and can be deployed on everything from mobile devices to large-scale internet of things (IoT) deployments.
The MUSIC platform is the result of a collaboration between researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
“One of the main challenges in IoT is how to distill the wealth of data generated by sensors into actionable information,” said Amin Ardalan, a postdoctoral fellow at Berkeley Lab and lead author of a paper on the work.
“Our platform addresses this challenge by providing a way to quickly process and analyze data from multiple sensors in real time, so that it can be used to make decisions.”
The MUSIC platform is designed to be highly scalable and to support a wide range of applications.
For example, it could be used to monitor air quality in a city, track the movements of people and animals, or to manage a fleet of connected vehicles.
The platform consists of three main components: a sensing layer, a processing layer, and a decision-making layer.
The sensing layer consists of sensors that collect data from the environment.
The processing layer consists of a set of algorithms that analyze the data and extract information from it.
The decision-making layer uses the information to make decisions, such as whether to issue an alert or take other action.
The MUSIC platform is flexible and can be configured to work with different types of sensors and different numbers of sensors.
It can also be used with different types of data, such as streaming data or data that is stored in a database.
The platform has been used to develop a number of applications, including a system that can detect when a person falls and another that can track the movements of birds.
The MUSIC platform is open source and is available for anyone to use.
The researchers say that the platform could be particularly useful for IoT applications that require real-time data processing and decision-making, such as smart buildings and smart cities.
“Our goal is to enable the development of a new generation of IoT applications that are more responsive to the needs of users and the environment,” said Ardalan.
“The MUSIC platform is a step in that direction.”