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THE ORIGINAL PUSH-PULL CONNECTOR LEMO SA - Switzerland Phone: (+41 21) 695 16 00 info@lemo.com More than 75'000 connector combinations The modular design of LEMO products provides more than 75'000 different combinations of connectors with a large choice of contact configurations: High and low voltage Coaxial and triaxial Quadrax Thermocouple Fibre optic Fluidic and pneumatic Hybrid Custom solutions Cable assembly Contact your local partner on www.lemo.com He described IoT as the 3rd growth wave in semiconductors, reaching across all vertical markets. “Strategy is about finding where you are good and finding the market fit”, he said, comparing ams to a good surfer ready to take on the new sensor-driven market wave. “If you consider health-monitoring applications and their related sensors moving to smart phones, you could be monitoring 10 million people every hour” Riener emphasized. Data analysis on such a large scale could enable predictive medicine. Say you’ve figured out that statistically, when two data lines cross, you know there is a risk of a heart attack and your doctor gives you a call to alter the trend with medication or a change of habits. ams already provides many basic sensor elements for integration, but also fully integrated modules, ranging from temperature, humidity or pressure, to light detection with its own sensor fusion recipes to yield context awareness information. But the company is keen to expand its offering by acquiring innovative startups with other promising sensing solutions. Multi-spectral sensing and photonics are areas to watch, admitted Riener, confessing that the company was developing dual spectral sensors for the coming years. Insurance companies call the shots Talking about multi-spectral sensing and photonics, both ams COO Thomas Stockmeier and Sajol Ghoshal, Senior Director for emerging sensing strategies shared their view on the central role that LED lighting and associated sensors could take in our lives. Smart lighting is no longer just about digital dimming or automatic lumen and colour maintenance, but parts such as the company’s AS7221 smart lighting manager (with an embedded true-color Tri-Stimulus RGB sensor) could be used to perform colour tuning to complement daylight intensity and directly impact our circadian clock. In fact, such unobtrusive wavelength modulation (mostly going unnoticed) can affect our moods and productivity, and this is an early area of research that could find many applications, told us Stockmeier. This may be for optimal health and relaxation at home or on the contrary to increase your alertness level at the work place. This sort of light-based manipulation is akin to forced medication, but if it’s good for productivity and means fewer sickies, sure more than one company will love it. Ghoshal sees a bigger picture for LED lighting, “lighting is a natural sensing hub” he said, with lighting sockets and power readily available in every building. So ams wants to create the sensing solutions to fill the future market needs, and according to Ghoshal, this means a move from today’s dumb LEDs to complete spectrally-cognitive sensor platforms, LED lights doubling as multi-sensor hubs to increase context awareness and accelerate IoT deployment along a trend he calls the Internet of Awareness (trade marked on his slide). Implemented as self-learning luminaires, such IoT sensor hubs could serve for occupancy and motion detection, navigation, space utilization monitoring, safety and security (smoke/ fire detection), air quality monitoring or circadian compensation. Pushing their data to the cloud for analytics, these contextaware sensors would enable new cloud driven services and solutions, going beyond local controls to support self-learning connected cloud services. Here again, multi-spectral sensing is on the agenda at ams, for the detection and identification of environmental biometrics. www.electronics-eetimes.com Electronic Engineering Times Europe October 2015 17


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