In the week when the International Panel on Climate Change produced a report that has revised upwards the projected rate of global sea-level rise, Laith Altimime, president of SEMI Europe, spoke of a MEMS and sensors industry on the verge of a new era of tremendous growth.
As he opened the MEMS and Imaging Summit, Altimime said the world is headed towards one trillion Internet-connected devices by 2030. And those connections would be predominantly sensors and actuators that form the edge nodes of smart automotive, smart homes, smart industry, smart health and smart cities.
Altimime also pointed out that this is great opportunity for Europe as these connections will exploit component technologies and application sectors in which the continent has expertise.
First keynote speaker Yanchao Wang, a lead solution architect for Alibaba in Europe, continued the theme of an almost ubiquitous connection between the real world and a digital representation of that world in the cloud. Alibaba is known as China's equivalent to e-commerce giant Amazon. Wang, was standing in for an absent Sean Ding, chief scientist for Alibaba IoT.
Wang said that Alibaba's vision is for everything to be connected to the Internet and that IoT will then be able to digitize the physical world and use cloud computing to analyze the world. "We are creating an abstraction layer between the digital world and the physical world,' Wang said. "IoT is the bridge from physical to digital but that is not enough. IoT has to then re-impact the physical world to create value."
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