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TRILLION SENSORS | ARTICLE


THE TRILLION SENSORS Initiative


The cost of designing and manufacturing sensors continues to decline and the ability to increase their functionality to create a ‘total solution’ to


customer requirements rapidly increases through the adoption of a ‘systems solutions’ approach


This results in their high adoption rate into a broad range of applications, especially those of associated with the Internet of Everything (IoE)


and the Internet of Things (IoT). Cost, size, weight, power consumption and performance are no longer barriers to their widespread adoption.


A large proportion of these sensors will be MEMS, based on their inherent ability to be low cost, rugged and miniature. MEMS is a technology enabling fabrication of mechanical, optical, chemical, bio and nano structures using IC fabrication technology. Multiple organisations are starting to plan to exploit MEMS potential for a trillion sensors market within a decade.


Emerging technologies Emerging technologies are defined by the World Economic Forum and Cientifica as those that arise from new knowledge or the innovative application of existing knowledge. They lead to the rapid development of new capabilities. Such technologies are projected to have significant systemic and long-lasting economic, social and political impacts as well as create new opportunities and challenges to addressing global issues. Emerging technologies also have the potential to disrupt or create entire industries. The Summit on the Global Agenda 2011 in Abu Dhabi led to the compilation of the Top 10 Emerging Technologies with the greatest potential to provide solutions to the most compelling social, economic and environmental challenges includes the following segments:


• Informatics for adding value to information • Synthetic biology and metabolic engineering • Green Revolution 2.0 — technologies for increased food and biomass


• Nanoscale design of materials • Systems biology and computational modelling/simulation of chemical and biological systems


• Utilisation of carbon dioxide as a resource • Wireless power • High energy density power systems • Personalised medicine, nutrition and disease prevention • Enhanced education technology


Dr. Janusz Bryzek is considered to be one of the pioneers of MEMS and has cofounded nine Silicon Valley MEMS companies: Sensym (now Honeywell),


ICSensors (now Elmos/MSI), NovaSensor (now General Electric), Intelligent


MicroSensor Technology (now Maxim), Transparent Networks (now Intel), LVSI (now Atmel), Jyve (now Fairchild


Semiconductor), BN Ventures (Strategic Consulting) and TSensors Summit. In 1989 he was recognised as “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Arthur Young. In 1994 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by Sensors Magazine and in 2003 by


MANCEF. Janusz serves on the Boards of several companies and is an Advisory Board Member of The Global Medical


Microtechnology Association and on the Board of Directors of the Micro and Nanotechnology Commercialization Education Foundation (MANCEF). He is also a member of IEEE-MEMS Program Committee. Dr. Bryzek received his MSEE and Ph.D.


from Warsaw Technical University, Poland. He completed the Executive Management Program at Stanford University. In


2013, Bryzek started the TSensors (Trillion Sensors) initiative, aiming at the accelerated development of new sensor types to


support the concept of ‘Abundance’, targetting the elimination of major global problems in one generation.


Roger Grace is President of Roger Grace Associates of Naples,


Florida, a marketing consulting firm that he founded in 1982, specialising in the


commercialisation of MEMS. His firm provides business


development, custom market research, market strategy and integrated marketing


communications services to high tech clients worldwide. He has


published over 20 articles in industry publications, organised and chaired over 50 MEMS technical sessions and conferences and is frequently quoted in the technical and business press as a MEMS industry guru. He was a visiting lecturer in the School of Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1990 to 2003. He holds BSEE and MSEE (as a Raytheon Company Fellow) degrees from Northeastern University


where he was awarded the “Engineering Alumni Engineer of the Year Award” in 2004. Roger is a co-founder and past president of MANCEF.


42 | commercial micro manufacturing international Vol 7 No.2


DR. JANUSZ BRYZEK, CHAIR, TSENSORS SUMMIT AND ROGER H. GRACE, PRESIDENT, ROGER GRACE ASSOCIATES


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