In Connected Integrated Smart Sensors: The Motion Cookies, Part 1 we described Sen.se's Mother and Motion Cookies system solution adopted by STMicroelectronics.
This solution may be applied in a wide scenario of applications. In the case of remote monitoring, a possible application of the “cookie” approach is on board a robot that operates in harsh environments like, for example, a volcano or the deep ocean. The MEMS accelerometer senses the movements of the object in all possible directions, and the cookie holds the information about the movement, making it possible to effectively map the movement of every part of the robot in a very effective way.
A cookie approach can be employed to build a net of sensors that can give a lot of information to a central processor based on a set of microcontrollers, which can control a series of actuators to realize a really smart system:
Medical remote monitoring is another possible application of the cookie approach: Let’s think for a moment of a patient who has a respiratory crisis when sleeping. A cookie sensor could monitor the breath, and another cookie sensor could monitor the heartbeat to double-check a dangerous situation. The mother board might collect the data and activate an emergency call to a medical center and request an ambulance. The composite information coming from the net, which is composed by each cookie, can help to draw a set of possible actions that fully satisfy safety requirements.
Let’s consider, for example, the case of a net of sensors to reveal an earthquake and to prevent the collapsing of some structures of a building that might be dangerous for the people in it. An automated system like this might really save many lives by means of an effective preventive action. The sensors could also check the physical conditions of the persons to establish priorities for the rescuers.
Many hybrid systems that share data coming from a set of sensors working in many different environmental conditions might be realized by means of a modular approach that could be easily adapted to the particular application.
Do you think this solution will effectively create connections among objects with a remote control center and realize an effective action plan, based on the data coming from smart sensors?