The Internet of Everything (IoE) has been described as “the networked connections between devices, people, processes and data” and it has been widely predicted that, by 2025, the IoE will exceed 100 billion connected devices, each attached to at least 10 sensors collecting data. This is anticipated to result in a one trillion-sensor economy driving a digital revolution in data with market reports estimating that the IoE will generate alsmot $20 trillion of newly created value.
This digital transformation, the beginning of which we are already experiencing, is expected to dramatically enhance the health and well-being of the global population as well as the sustainability of our planet, encompassing both our built and natural environments. This vision of the IoE has the potential to enhance the management of our core local and global infrastructures and ecosystems and enable personal health, and well-being as well as global sustainability encompassing food production, air and water quality, energy, communications, transport and security.
This talk will present some of the state-of-the-art research being undertaken at Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Ireland in the “making and powering of the smart things” that will make up this future Internet of Everything. These smart things, or intelligent autonomous wireless sensor nodes, typically comprise multiple sensors, signal and data processing, some form of actuation, wireless communication and a power source.
To illustrate the range of technologies that need to be considered, a number of representative case studies will be presented that address applications including precision agriculture and environmental monitoring, bio-pharma processing, medical devices addressing in-the-body diagnostics and therapeutics, wearable electronics for health and well-being as well as interfacing with robotics in advanced manufacturing. The need for energy harvesting or scavenging platforms will also be presented as an alternative, or complimentary technology to batteries. The concept of sustainable or compostable electronics will be introduced as a future direction for consideration, Finally, the talk will introduce opportunities and challenges of using Artificial Intelligence to enable intelligence at the “Edge of the Edge” of the IOE.