Remote sensors make it possible to collect information from numerous hard-to-reach points for analysis. As the machines being measured become more complex and sensors collect more information, compiling the data into a coherent report that can be quickly understood increases dramatically. The only way to efficiently gather, translate and act on information in a fast-moving environment, says Dr. Ram D. Sriram, is for humans and computers to work together. Sriram, chief of Software and Systems Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, spoke at the 2016 conference on Ontological Approaches to Sensor Data Analysis. He predicted a future of biological, cognitive, semantic and social networks that will constantly sense, monitor, interpret and control our environment.
“A key technical challenge for realizing the ‘Internet of Everything’ is that the network consists of things (both devices and humans) which are heterogeneous, yet need to be interoperable,” Sriram said. “In other words devices and people need to interoperate in a seamless manner.”
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