The telecommunications industry is now entering an exciting phase of development many refer to as the Internet of Everything (IoE), including Internet of Humans (IoH), Internet of Digital (IoD), and Internet of Sensors (IoS). The objective here is to bring more “smartness” to the way humans and machines communicate. In order for this vision to materialize, enabling technologies must be harmonized under a common paradigm so they can enable seamless experiences across various verticals. There are five key technologies upon which the IoE world is built, namely sensor networks, connectivity, processing, software platforms, actuation technologies, and big data and machine learning. Based on these building blocks, the Semiconductors sector looks at the strategic technology deployment across various verticals with unparalled technology granularity covering all WLAN and WWAN technologies and technology combinations, processing platforms including CPUs, MCUs, MPUs, DSPs, ISPs, heterogeneous computing, high performance computing, key sensor technologies, and sensor fusions targeting various use cases from motion sensing, environment sensing, optical, and image sensing, to acoustic sensing and biometric sensing.
On 10/8/08, Arch Rock of San Francisco, CA, a WSN (Wireless Sensor Networking) technology provider submitted CAP, (Compact Application Protocol), for consideration by the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) standards body as an RFC standard. What is CAP? CAP is essentially an adaptation of the ZigBee application-layer profiles to enable these profiles to operate directly and transparently over an Internet Protocol networking layer. Although Arch Rock has put only a muted public relations effort behind the introduction, ABI Research believes CAP is an important milestone on the path from completely proprietary WSN technology, to open, horizontal WSN deployments that integrate seamlessly into the wider IP world. This Insight will provide a brief description of CAP and its benefits, then discuss the evolution of WSNs toward increasingly open deployments.