The French Tech touch
The 2015 CES (Consumer Electronics Show) which took place from the 6th to the 12th of January in Las Vegas, showcased the emergence of wireless solutions and the Internet of things into the consumer area. The CES brought together innovative technology in the sports field, high tech and smart home where the French tech made a big impression at the tradeshow.
The general enthusiasm for these new technologies is increasing, whether it is for connected watches, bracelets or cameras. Connected objects are no longer a futuristic trend but they are already a reality in our cities and in our infrastructures with deployed equipment, sensors and the flow of data they produce.
Connected objects for business and industrial world
There is no doubt that connected objects improve our comfort and safety in our daily domestic life but wireless sensing technologies are also bringing a lot of benefits to professionals in their daily operations for maintenance, monitoring and control. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technologies provide accurate and reliable short distance connectivity for the connected objects in addition with the smartphone being used for the long distance transfer of data. Industry professionals are working in harsh and constrained environments, which force them to use ultra low-power and more robust wireless communication technologies. On large-scale infrastructures or fields of operations, a large amount of sensors and data acquisition systems are connected to gather and transfer large amount of data. The 802.15.4e wireless communication protocol and the ISA100 international standard clearly meet the needs of these wireless industrial systems. They are a key enabler for operations managed in hard-to-reach areas and also for real time and two ways complex data exchanges.
Connecting a city and a stadium
Beyond the smart home, the city is also a connected territory with wireless communication systems. Wireless data acquisition systems have already been installed in several cities. In the city of Troyes in France for example, taking advantage of the existing 2.4 GHz radio system, HIKOB set up a system of wireless magnetometers to manage traffic flows on two strategic points. In Paris, in order to ensure the optimal safety for more than 50 000 people, a wireless data acquisition system has been deployed by HIKOB to monitor the ageing of one of the biggest stadium in France but also one of the oldest (1972): the Parc des Princes stadium. The objective is to provide a continuous remote supervision and monitoring of the structural health of the roof stadium to ensure the best safety level for spectators.
For a better quality of life
Connected objects enrich and optimize the consumer daily life. But not only that: industry, transportation and city professionals also benefit from them. The long-term goal being to reduce energy consumption, improve road safety and traffic flows, optimize usage of existing infrastructure and eventually provide citizens with a better quality of life.
By Mélodie Plaschy