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“A sensor is a device that produces an output signal for the purpose of sensing a physical phenomenon.

In the broadest definition, a sensor is a device, module, machine, or subsystem that detects events or changes in its environment and sends the information to other electronics, frequently a computer processor. Sensors are always used with other electronics.

Sensors are used in everyday objects such as touch-sensitive elevator buttons (tactile sensor) and lamps which dim or brighten by touching the base, and in innumerable applications of which most people are never aware. With advances in micromachinery and easy-to-use microcontroller platforms, the uses of sensors have expanded beyond the traditional fields of temperature, pressure and flow measurement,” Wikipedia




SMACIT: Disrupting your business

“Social + Mobile + Analytics + Cloud + Internet of Things = SMACIT” Jeanne W. Ross 1; Ross uses the SMACIT acronym to describe the key technologies of today’s digital businesses: social, mobile, analytics, cloud, and Internet of Things

a) Social Media

Social media is” a collective term for websites and applications that focus on communication, community-based input, interaction, content-sharing, and collaboration.” TechTarget

b) Mobile Phone

Advantages of mobile phones: Using mobile phones in business can boost productivity, mobility, safety, and morale of your workforce. Mobiles can help employees to improve customer service, remain in contact with the office, customers, and suppliers, increase mobility, increase productivity and Work remotely (e.g., work from home or away from an office)


Data analytics is the science of analyzing raw data to make conclusions about that information.

The global big data & business analytics market size was valued at USD 198.08 Billion in 2020 and is projected to reach USD 684.12 Billion by 203

d) Cloud 

“Cloud computing is a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.”


Reference: National Institute of Standards and Technology

Three types of clouds:

  • Machine to Machine

  • People to Machine

  • People to People

A cloud connects computers, data, and people at a massive scale

 Ross delineates four business strategies, which are shown in the figure here: 2



Refer to Digital Transformation Strategy for more elaboration. 

SMACIT technologies allow businesses to move quickly if they know where they want to go. Having a clear architectural vision will help lead the enterprise through these four stages: 2






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