Tapping the cloud for IoT sensing solutions


The Internet of Things (IoT) is linking people, devices and cloud data storage services at an unprecedented rate. By 2020, some analysts estimate 50 billion digital devices will be connected to the Internet.

Customers are leveraging DLP® Products to create new, unique capabilities in remote sensing, including spectroscopy, 3D machine vision and smart home applications. For diverse industrial areas such as pharmaceuticals, agriculture, and manufacturing, developers and engineers are now taking advantage of more IoT capabilities.


Many industrial possibilities for the IoT

With the aid of DLP technology, handheld spectrometers can connect to a cloud-enabled database of thousands of reference materials. For example, health care workers at hospitals and pharmacies can use the solution for remotely scanning medications to determine if they are the correct composition or if they might be counterfeit. 

In agriculture, farmers can also benefit from  mobile hand-held spectrometers connected to a cloud database. By scanning their crops and comparing the results to a reference repository in real-time, famers can better gauge when to harvest their crops for optimal ripeness.

 Factories bristling with intelligent sensors can use 3D machine vision to collect and store thousands of precise volumetric measurements of manufactured products. Through the IoT, this data is conveniently stored and quickly analyzed to monitor factory processes and quality improvements.

Factors driving IoT adoption

Adoption of the IoT is certainly an attractive opportunity for many markets. From factories to personal electronics, companies are bringing smart technology to their products, enabling more sophisticated control, better design insights and optimized process efficiencies.

One of the biggest factors driving more widespread IoT adoption is cost. Today, the massive amount of cloud storage needed to collect data around the world is more affordable than ever. Embedded processors are also showing up in a more diverse range of products from fitness trackers to refrigerators.

As the sheer volume of  data has grown, harnessing all of that data has become easier thanks to today’s increasingly powerful and ubiquitous computing devices, such as smartphones and tablet computers.

Getting connected to the cloud is also getting easier and cheaper, especially with Wi-Fi® and Internet access being more broadly available.  According to the Pew Research Center, 84 percent of Americans now use the Internet regularly.

What’s next for the IoT?

Challenges remain if we’re going to hit the 2020 prediction mentioned earlier. First and foremost, we need more innovative sensing technology and solutions that use even less power. Many customers are also looking for ways to make integrating the IoT easier, simpler and safer.

At TI, we support the IoT in a variety of ways through a broad portfolio of technical documents, including TI Design reference designs, to help support projects spanning our analog and embedded processing portfolios.

We also work with an extensive network of partners to help manufacturers using TI technology easily incorporate sensing, connectivity and processing capabilities while offering differentiated services.

I’m excited about what the future holds for the IoT and the unique abilities our DLP technology can bring to the table. 

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