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Intel Researchers Plot a Smarter, Personalized Cloud

 IDG News Service (04/26/12) Agam Shah

Intel researchers recently launched a project to populate neighborhoods with sensors that provide a more accurate picture of elements such as pollution and weather.  Intel’s Terrance O’Shea says the plan involves gathering weather and air quality information from the sensors, finding the user’s exact position, and delivering accurate information for that location using a personalized cloud service.  Intel has designed a pollution sensor chip that can be installed in stores and other locations in the neighborhood.  The stores carrying sensors can make money by delivering advertisements through cloud services.  Intel already is planning a future redesign of its chips that will be equipped with near-threshold voltage technology, which enables central processing units to operate at extremely low voltage levels.  That technology could help make it practical to include the sensors in mobile devices.  Intel also aims to make cities smarter, and the company has several research projects that use sensor kits for energy, traffic light, and gas station management.



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