Rambus CMO Jerome Nadel recently participated in 4YFN’s MWC 2015 panel discussion about the Internet of Things (IoT), smart sensors and the evolution of smart cities.
Additional 4YFN panelists included Cisco CTO John Baekelmans, MLOVE Founder and Curator Harald Neidhardt, Intel Human Computer Interaction Expert Mara Balestrini, D4SC Designer-Founder Priya Prakash and Digitel director Amitai Gindel.
Nadel, who attended his first MWC in 2000, kicked off the panel by describing how the mobile industry has evolved over the years.
“Historically, the definition of mobile was limited to devices such as smartphones and tablets. However, there has been a paradigm industry shift, with connected endpoints acting as the new mobile,” Nadel explained.
“Although new mobile offers almost limitless opportunities for innovation, it does pose a significant challenge on the security side. For IoT to become a reality, we need to make sure vulnerable endpoints are safe from hacks by implementing security at the silicon level to provide a reliable root of trust.”
Once the endpoints are secure, says Nadel, the industry can create near ubiquitous intelligent endpoints based on small, inexpensive and low-powered sensors such as Rambus’ lenless smart sensors (LSS).
As Nadel notes, LSS technology will allow sensors to capture information-rich images using a low-cost phase grating. Although the raw ‘snap’ is indecipherable to the naked human eye, the sensor, which is approximately the size of pinhead, is capable of capturing all of the information in the visual world up to a certain resolution.
“Disruptive innovation is contrarian and we need think beyond the mobile status quo to a brave new future four years from now when ubiquitous intelligent sensors positively redefine human interaction with technology and our surroundings,” Nadel concluded. “Let’s work towards creating adaptable smart cities that empower residents by melding the physical world with the digital realm.”
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