September 21, 2020
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Photonics – IoT in the Digitalization and digital transformation

According to Gartner's definition:" The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects that contain embedded technology to communicate and sense or interact with their internal states or the external environment."

On November 2018, Analysts explore Internet of Things opportunities & pitfalls at Gartner Symposium/IT expo and 10 IoT trends were identified among which:

Sensor Innovation

here Photonics is playing a pivotal role with more and more optical sensors deployed and significant research on integrated photonics.

Gartner advises “The sensor market will evolve continuously through 2023. New sensors will enable a wider range of situations and events to be detected, current sensors will fall in price to become more affordable or will be packaged in new ways to support new applications, and new algorithms will emerge to deduce more information from current sensor technologies. Chief Information Officers (CIOs) should ensure their teams are monitoring sensor innovation.”

Silicon Chip Innovation

“Currently, most IoT endpoint devices use conventional processor chips, with low-power advanced RISK machines (ARM) architectures being particularly popular. However, traditional instruction sets and memory architectures aren’t well-suited to all the tasks that endpoints need to perform,” said Mr. Jones. “For example, the performance of deep neural networks (DNNs) is often limited by memory bandwidth, rather than processing power.”

By 2023, it’s expected that new special-purpose chips will reduce the power consumption required to run a DNN, enabling new edge architectures and embedded DNN functions in low-power IoT endpoints. This will support new capabilities such as data analytics integrated with sensors, and speech recognition included in low cost battery-powered devices. CIOs are advised to take note of this trend as silicon chips enabling functions such as embedded AI will in turn enable organizations to create highly innovative products and services.

European Strategic Roadmap notes that”IoTat present benefits from photonics, and in the future IoT would not be possible without photonics considering that most of the communication will eventually be transported by Photons.”

This connectivity of things is generating a lot of data and is part of the Digitalization on the road to digital Transformation, changing the business and human interaction with things.

Europe’s Age of light Strategic Roadmap 2021-2027 link:

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