Sensors Expo & Conference 2019: Smart Cities + Sensor Fusion = Mass Data

It’s often said, “one good thing leads to another”, with the “one thing leading to another” being objective, while the “good thing” being quite subjective. When you talk smart cities, you’re speaking about one thing that leads to a behemoth bulk of parameters to be monitored and controlled, near infinite numbers of measurements to be taken, and everyone and every behavior needing to be monitored and recorded. Obviously, these lead to another thing: an equally behemoth bulk of sensors to do the job.

When the sheer number of sensors required becomes cumbersome, the next logical solution is sensors fusion, the integration of multiple singular function or diverse function sensors on single device. And the next thing to deal with is? That’s right, you guessed right, the massive avalanche of data coming in from all those multi-purpose sensors.

It’s no longer a future vision, smart cities already exist and will expand far into future, limited by a bit of bureaucracy here and there, but not to be impeded or slowed down. Sensor fusion, though still a bit young, is also on the rise and the data is, as you know, escalating on an even grander scale. The way I see it, you better be prepared for it. And on that note, there’s an easy way to start getting ahead of the wave.

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At Sensors Expo & Conference 2019, Thursday, June 27 from 10 am to 10:50 am PST, you can attend the session titled “Sensors Data & Advanced Analytics” and get much deeper insights on the topic. The track will be presented by John W. Lockwood, PhD. In addition to being an expert in building FPGA-accelerated applications, Mr. Lockwood is the CEO of Algo-Logic Systems, Inc. and founder of three companies in the areas of low latency networking, Internet security, and electronic commerce.

John has also worked at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), AT&T Bell Laboratories, IBM, and Science Applications International Corp (SAIC). As a professor at Stanford University, he managed the NetFPGA program from 2007 to 2009.

He has published over 100 papers and patents on topics related to networking with FPGAs and served as served as principal investigator on dozens of federal and corporate grants. He holds BS, MS, PhD degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign and is a member of IEEE, ACM, and Tau Beta Pi.

Catching up with Mr. Lockwood, he says this is his first time attending Sensors Expo as well as his first appearance as an expert speaker.  Asked what finally got him here, he says “Topics related to IoT and Smart Cities”, and we have no shortage of those on tap at the expo.

In his session, Mr. Lockwood “Will discuss how connected cities are being built that have sensor devices providing live data and how this data can be used for real-time decision making. The topic is important because automated processing systems need to respond to live data immediately.” And the most important idea he wants attendees to walk away with from his session is, “That a Key Value Store (KVS) provides an easy and scalable means of processing and sharing real-time data.” 

If you find your knowledge on this topic to be threadbare at best, then you need to do two very easy things: first, register for Sensors Expo, and second, attend John’s “Sensors Data & Advanced Analytics” session, Thursday, June 27 from 10 am to 10:50 am PST. ~MD

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