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Mission
Team
Why TSensors
Why TSensors and Systems

 

Mission

The mission of TSensors (Trillion Sensors) working group is to develop a visionary 10 year market forecast and roadmap for:

  • Emerging sensor based applications expected to grow to annual volumes of at least 1 billion units per year by 2022. We expect to discover enough such applications to reach a projected sensor unit volume of 1 trillion units per year by 2022.
  • Sensor types and technologies supporting these applications.

The mission of TSensor Systems, a sister working group, is the development of a visionary roadmap forecasting the required infrastructure (by the year 2022) to support TSensors applications. This infrastructure will include:

  • Data transfer and communication.
  • Algorithms, analysis, data processing and sensor fusion.
  • Data storage and cloud computing.

Team

Dr. Janusz Bryzek, Chairman
Dr. Mike Pinelis, President and CEO
Bette Cooper, Operations Director
Dr. Steve Walsh, Co-Chairman

Why TSensors

A radical change is reshaping the sensor industry. Sensor utilization in the mobile market exploded from 10 million units in 2007 (triggered by the emergence of the iPhone based sensor applications) to over 3 billion in 2012. This represents a growth rate of over 200% per year.

We are now faced with global challenges that suggest the accelerated growth of sensors and related applications will continue. Emerging sensor based systems are targeting solutions to the world’s biggest problems, such as climate change, economic model collapse (jobs), energy shortage, global food and water crisis, global population growth, skyrocketing costs and lack of medical care. Due to the global scale of these challenges, sensor based solutions have potential for very high volumes. Visible large volume drivers for sensors include:

  • Transition to monitoring global environment and Always ON personal environment.
  • Context computing and sensing.
  • Drive to bring human “senses” to computers.
  • Internet of Things.
  • Eradication of world’s largest problems, such as hunger, overpopulation, lack of clean water, energy and medical care, enabling Abundance.

Due to the global scale of these challenges, sensor based solutions have potential for very high volumes.

Concept of Abundance was introduced by Peter Diamandis of XPrize Foundation. Abundance is defined as equality between supply and demand for goods and services on Earth. Peter believes that Abundance is feasible in just one generation (20 years) due to emergence of exponential technologies delivering a faster growth of supplies and services than the global demand for them. Sensors are one of the exponential technologies, with forecasted growth to 45 trillion units in 20 years.

As sensors are becoming part of global problem solutions, many other organizations forecast sensor volumes to exceed trillions by 2022.

It is very rewarding to watch sensor industry turnaround from the enabler of better killing machines in 1960s to help in saving billions of lives on planet Earth and improving standard of living for all of us…

Most sensors supporting future growth are likely to be based on, or supported by, MEMS and NEMS technologies. MEMS/NEMS sensor and actuator technologies have been labeled as both More than Moore and Less than Moore, reflecting the unpredictability of these technologies. Historically, they have had long development cycles, with commercialization cycles to high volume production ranging from 18 to 28 years after the demonstration of first academic prototypes.

Such long commercialization cycles result from MEMS “multi-physics” and NEMS “multi-bio-chemistry” complexity and, correspondingly, lack of standardization (one product – one process – one ASIC - one package - one test system). Without focused commercialization efforts, and availability of standardized development and manufacturing infrastructure for the highest volume products, the development and scalability of sensors will be delayed. TSensors aims to accelerate sensor technology commercialization cycles.

Why TSensors and Systems

The exponential growth of global GDP and productivity (expected by TSensors and other visionary organizations) is likely to be driven, at least in part, by sensors integrated with computing and communications to the so-called smart systems. Such growth to trillions of sensor units per year presents significant scalability challenges to all three technologies (for example, Hewlett-Packard is expecting a 1000x growth of the Internet by 2018 just to handle sensor data traffic.

Computing and communications scalability is supported by Moore’s Law, and thus while the scalability to accommodate a trillion sensors is challenging, the supporting technology development is reasonably predictable. The challenges are created by a combination of extreme volumes with extreme price pressure (sub $1 for web enabled sensors) with ultra low power wireless and Internet communications with massive data streams and need for processing massive sensor fusion algorithms in real time. TSensor Systems aims to develop the roadmap to address these challenges.