How Smart Dust Will Impact The Education Sector

Education Technology Insights | Friday, October 04, 2019

The tiny smart sensors will expand the possibilities in higher education industry, and it will boost the self-sufficient computing.

FREMONT, CA: The two forces speed and size drive the evolution of the Internet of Things (IoT). To drive real-time analytics and on-demand intelligence, most of the organizations are leveraging enhanced broadband connectivity. The Smart Dust or microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) are real and capable of scaling up IoT scope even as size scales down.

Miniaturized devices are equipped with tiny technologies, and have sensors, cameras, and communication mechanism. Business applications for smart Dust are already emerging, and it would deliver vast impact on the education sector.

What is Smart Dust?

In 1997, Kristofer Pister of the University of California, Berkeley coined the term 'smart dust.' He used the word to describe the wireless array of sensor nodes. A collection of tiny wireless microelectromechanical sensors, which are able to detect light, vibration, temperature, and noise, is a Smart Dust. In other words, we can say it is a combination of electronics and nanotechnology. These devices combine both mechanical and electrical components to draw power from subtle vibrations and the surrounding air, making them ideal for highly sensitive applications. Smart Dust application can collect data, including acceleration, stress, pressure, humidity, sound, and more from sensors. It can also store the data in memory; wirelessly communicate the data to the cloud, a base, or other MEMs.

Higher Education Smart Dust Adoption at Scale

• Automotive safety: Smart dust sensors ensure safety in automobiles. It used to power safety mechanisms in vehicles. MEMS-based accelerometers can also improve performance at low cost.

• Smart Food Packaging: The more advanced smart Dust can detect the freshness of food with the help of paper or plastic sensors. It will also send the data of report via a smartphone app.

• Neural Dust: These tiny MEMS devices can quickly help monitor and control nerve and muscle activity. As these objects have no batteries so they can perform both actions, they can take measurements and draw power.

• Constructive Knowledge: On construction sites, the entombed smart sensors ensure the correct placement of concrete blocks.

MEMS' Effect on Higher Education Campuses

• Safety: The features like intelligent alert and alarm systems will improve the safety of the student in the campus. Its high-value facilities will also irritate the would-be criminals.

• ID Cards: Campus ID cards made with the combination of radio frequency identification and MEMS could allow wireless, granular access permission. It will also locate students in case of an emergency.

• Data Analytics: The embedded sensors will empower large-scale, low-power data collection. It will help the institutions better understand the use of facilities, identifying the need for proactive maintenance.

The innovation in new advanced tiny technologies system will continue and remold the industries in the coming years. Smart Dust is useful because it is of small size so it can monitor the real-world phenomenon without disturbing the original process. It will increase productivity, improve safety, and efficiency of the industries. It also can reduce infrastructure cost.

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