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Sensors, the exponential increase in value and advancement

earthday.jpgOne of the areas the fellows within HP Enterprise Services have been talking about for a number of years is the waves of computing technology and how that has changed the way business value is generated by IT.

 

There are parallels between sensing and computing advancement. Where computing moved from a corporate view (mainframe) to a personal view (PC) and then a shared view (Internet) to now a computing everywhere perspective. Sensing has moved from an isolated view (gather the information to be used later) to a data gathered view (networked in real time) to a more autonomous approach (with on-board intelligence using the information) to a collaborative approach (where devices can share and act on sensed information together). For sensors there are quite a variety of configurations depending on the needs so the waves are not quite as clear - at least in my mind yet.

 

It did make me wonder about the oscillation between stand alone capabilities and the value of sharing (like Metcalfe's law). You see something similar in social media approaches as well. The possibilities go up at greater than the linear increase in sensing...

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