Continuous real-time sensing and messaging are at the heart of the Internet of Things made possible by MEMS and thin film technologies. Midwest MicroDevices is a dedicated, pure-play wafer foundry providing unique, cost-effective micro-fabrication services for customers in MEMS and thin film applications.
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Demand for design innovation and feature evolution has intensified. The end-use customer now demands a shift from sensor fusion to data fusion. Everything communicates with everything else in real time, and follow up activities need be set only once by human decision-making and data analysis and then not require an operator in the loop.
Midwest MicroDevices is proud to play an important role in enabling the Next Generation of wireless data fusion sensors. The capabilities for data fusion within your new products will define your role, as well as success, in the global communications network that is rapidly evolving.
|Mobile Communication via the Internet of Things|
|Device State||User Activity||User Environment|
Data Sensing – Data Stream – Data Fusion – Automated Response
Anytime - Anywhere
|On table||Standing||In your home|
|Docking station||Lying||In class|
|In hand||Sitting||At the office|
|By ear||Walking||In a coffee house|
|In backpack||Running||At a picnic|
|In pocket||Biking||In a hospital|
|In a purse||Dancing||In an elevator|
|In a holster||Horseback||In a car|
|In shoulder bag||Strolling||On a bus|
|Skating||On a train|
|Skiing||On an airplane|
For example, your refrigerator is no longer content to regulate itself at prescribed temperatures. Instead, it is networked to your HVAC and helps manage a data fusion with your local electrical energy grid. The goals are to use less power, and to use power when it is cheap, and avoid using power when it is expensive.
While you sleep at night, your HVAC system lowers your heating temperature and your refrigerator works less hard to sustain its internal targets. In the morning, before you rise, your furnace raises your home temperature to make you comfortable, but your refrigerator remains in idle mode until your home has finished warming up. When the furnace shuts off, the refrigerator comes on. You are comfortable, your food is preserved, and your electrical bill has dropped. When you leave the house, your HVAC selects a low energy thermal target, and this also enables your refrigerator to work less when electricity demand and energy charges are high.
At the power plant, the aggregate behaviors of all the community residences reduce the global warming effect of power generation.
Should you be away on a trip, and your home is uninhabited, your furnace knows that you’re away, and so does your refrigerator. Both are able to reduce their consumption of electricity until you return, either by preset time and date, or by remote control from your mobile device.
While you are out of your home, a choice of security devices can monitor heat signatures and movement even in low visibility conditions, and yet eliminate false positives that would set off a security intervention protocol. Lights both outside and inside your home can turn on and off in the same patterns and timetables as when you are at home or in a random pattern, as can your home entertainment systems. The appearance of an apparent intruder can be challenged by an audio file with your voice and/or by the sound effects of defensive weapons being readied. In the event of a fire, your fire extinguisher protocols can limit fire retardant damage only to the room or rooms where the fire appears, reducing your fire loss and lowering your insurance rates.
These technological feats are made possible by MEMS and thin film components engineered and manufactured by Midwest MicroDevices to link your home electronics to your mobile communication devices, as well as providing the core technologies for consumer wearables for automotive navigation, pedestrian and bicycle navigation, vital sign sensors, and human performance evaluation. -more-
And thanks to the Next Generation of MEMS and thin film technologies now being developed by Midwest MicroDevices of Toledo, Ohio, the Next Generation of data fusion by networked sensors will be more competitive than ever.
We can help make your data fusion device more compact yet provide greater performance for combining information from different sensor types, including Accel, Gyro, Mag, and Pressure.
Our MEMS and thin film technology can assist you to overcomes the shortcoming of the individual sensors and instead provide accurate 3D orientation — a fundamental feature on top of which the other feature demanded by the market are built.
Midwest MicroDevices can help you improve data fusion from calendars, social media, weather, traffic, vital signs and mapped routes along with other public or private data.
We can provide critical components for magnetic sensor technologies and support sensor fusion algorithms to help harness and fuse data from Earth’s magnetic fields into useful military, scientific and consumer applications.
The same Midwest MicroDevices-enabled technologies can produce Next Generation products from position sensors for TALON tactical robots, to attitude heading reference systems for NOAA's deep-water buoys, to sensor fusion algorithms in mobile platforms.
But you don’t need the Pentagon’s budget to lead in the emerging communication and mobile markets. We will also support your development of combo-MEMS devices. MidWest MicroDevices enabled technology can deliver motion tracking in the WiiU Gamepad and support the digital compasses found in 21st century passenger cars and trucks.
Located in Toledo, Ohio, Midwest MicroDevices is located in the world’s most advanced regional center for rapid prototyping. We are well equipped and well networked to support a rapid transition from R&D and design to a commercial product for your data fusion device.