IoT Projected to Give Way to a “Sensory Swarm”

IoT Projected to Give Way to a Sensory Swarm

The current IT infrastructure shaped by the proliferation of mobile devices will soon give way to a “sensory swarm” that will overtake the current Internet of Things (IoT) while adding intelligence to a range of networks and infrastructure, a futurist predicts.

“In the near future, we are going to have a sensory swarm, a great deal, a great variety of all kinds of heterogeneous sensors that are going to interface the cyber world, the computing world, with the physical world,” according to Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli, an electronic design automation expert at the University of California at Berkeley.

Speaking at recent technology forum sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the electrical engineering and computer science professor predicted the coming sensor swarm could generate 7 trillion devices by 2025. That estimate is based on projected global population of 7 billion with an average of 1,000 devices per human being.

Further, Sangiovanni-Vincentelli predicted input and output devices would end up in and on the body as well as in the surrounding environment. Sensors will be “immersed in the environment,” he added.Read more