Traditional heavy cryptography is difficult to deploy on a typical sensor technology, hence deployment of many insecure IoT devices. “Regulations for the IoT need to address issues of minimum specifications for IoT devices. Existing IoT sensors are not equipped to take advantage of 5G technology either,” explained Kevin Curran, IEEE senior member and reader in computer science at University of Ulster in an interview with EFY.
Production process upgrades
In an interaction earlier this year with Uday Prabhu, general manager, electronics product engineering and product management, Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions Pvt Ltd, he explained that there is compression happening on a large scale with MEMS. An increase in the number of transistors that can go into a chip has resulted in reduced size with higher functionality. Earlier, MEMS elements functioned exclusively as sensing elements.
“Now, intelligence, which is the processor, is built into the MEMS chip itself. This is the primary influencer for the wearables segment, with MEMS chips doubling as control units. Also, structural advances help make finer measurements of acceleration, momentum and so on,” he adds.
Will we soon see the addition of communications technologies to the MEMS chip? Probably not! Prabhu explained that it is good to separate fast- and slow-moving technologies. Otherwise, our wearables would become obsolete very fast and may not support usage with a new, upgraded phone.
What is trending here in Sensor Technology
A lot of applications have long used sensors (of one sort or another) to diagnose, manage and report information. In the last few years, however, sensors have become increasingly important as devices and sub-systems have become more sophisticated with the increase in demand for reliability, especially in safety-critical applications. “The advent of real-time data capture and analysis applications is making these new-age sensor technology increasingly useful in a range of applications including consumer electronics, automotive and in industrial segments,” adds Jain.
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Dilin Anand is a senior assistant editor at EFY. He is B.Tech from University of Calicut, currently pursuing MBA from Christ University, Bengaluru
Abhimanyu Rathore is a content specialist at EFY