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.
Cisco has a long and studied history of growth through acquisition. The networking hardware giant also has a history of picking up players in emerging markets and helping push their products and individual market toward the mainstream. The weight of Cisco behind a technology can certainly help market gain traction. Most recently, Cisco announced that it has acquired San Francisco-based Arch Rock Corp., a privately-held maker of IP-based wireless network technology for wireless sensor networks (WSNs). So, what does this mean for WSN adoption?