Wireless Sensors - "The Fifth Revolution"
There have been four revolutions that have shaped modern society:
- Agrarian revolution (ca. 5000 BC)
- The industrial revolution (1800's)
- The computer revolution (1980's)
- The internet/WWW (1990's)
'The next revolution will be driven by cheap sensors coupled to microprocessors and lasers'
Michio Kaku, Professor of Theoretical Physics, City College of New York, quoting Paul Saffo, Director of the Institute of the Future, in 'Visions - How Science will Revolutionize the 21st Century', Anchor Books, 1998.
WiSen is an Irish Government supported initiative focussed on creating opportunities for collaboration between industry and academia in wireless sensor network technologies, systems and deployments.
Ireland has a number of core competencies in the technologies required for the development of wireless sensor networks in place in the University sector, and industries that are well informed about the emerging market needs. WiSen brings these together in an appropriate framework to catalyse R&D partnerships. The research is focused at all times on the commercial needs of Irish Industry.