It was over 10 years ago that I last visited Shanghai and oh my, how things have changed, most visibly, the skyline. Looking across the Huangpu River from The Bund back then, I clearly remember the ‘Pearl’ TV tower and a few tall buildings and thought how impressive it looked. Now, the view is an even more sumptuous feast for the eyes, day or night, and it keeps on growing and evolving. So too does the connectivity of the buildings and the people that live and work in Shanghai as the Internet of ‘Things’ brings it all together locally and globally.
Freescale embedded systems for the Internet of Things include MEMS sensors as a data source for processed analytics
Q: It’s MIG's round – what are you having? A: I’m having whatever SteadyServ’s iKeg system is dispensing. SteadyServ’s iKeg sensors ensure that your favorite beer is always on tap. This application uses Freescale pressure sensors that help retailers know when they’re running low on each keg of beer. Rather than flow meters attached to the keg line SteadyServ’s solution allows keg beer measurements without impacting the quality of the beer. SteadyServ’s product and goals line up with Freescale’s focus on Internet of Things (IoT) applications by monitoring flow level of beverages and use predictive data analytics to track inventory and keep retailers’ coolers full of kegs. With Freescale’s support, SteadyServ is bringing to market a new IoT solution for an industry that has been around for a long time.
In the past month, MIG's Standard Sensor Performance Parameter Definitions was adopted and published by the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE Std 2700T-2014). The standard provides a common framework for MEMS sensor performance specification terminology, units, conditions and limits. This outcome landmarks MIG's strategy for addressing the rising cost of testing MEMS beginning with device data sheets. Standards are often thought to be slow to develop, however, the IEEE MEMS Testing Standards P2700 Working Group, chaired by Ken Foust (Intel) and Carlos Puig (Qualcomm), passed the standard in a near record time because MIG provides the forum to get the job done efficiently.Now there is more to come: most of the parameter definitions in the standard will require standard testing protocols. Keep a lookout for this and consider joining in as we begin with a standard test for MEMS accelerometer sensitivity.
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