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HP Wants to Build a “Central Nervous Center for the Earth”

CeNSE is an ambitious R&D program to build an infrastructure for the Internet of Things

The “Central Nervous Center for the Earth” is being described by HP as a sensor network that uses billions of "tiny, cheap, tough and exquisitely sensitive detectors” to monitor the entire world, such as light, temperature, barometric pressure, airflow and humidity. HP joins IBM and other global IT companies that are working on building similar sensor networks for data and services. HP noted in its announcement: “Monitoring a bridge like the San Francisco Golden Gate might take 10,000 nodes…Figure a million or so for a big business application, such as cargo shipping. To enervate the Earth, about a trillion should do the trick. At that rate, sensor nodes must cost next to nothing, yet measure everything.”

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