HP’s Central Nervous System for the Earth (CeNSE), a project of HP Labs, will revolutionize the way information is gathered, communicated, and analyzed. CeNSE is a highly intelligent network of billions of nano-scale sensors that will feel, taste, smell, see, and hear what is going on in the world and communicate that information over fast and powerful computing networks to be analyzed and acted upon in real time by a new breed of business applications and web services.
CeNSE will combine breakthrough innovations from HP Labs in nanotechnology, networking, business analytics, and optimization in ways that could make people and businesses safer, more secure, and more efficient.
The networks will be able to provide real-time information on the physical environment to improve the way governments, businesses, and society respond to and manage environmental, biological, and physical/structural changes. Small problems such as a worn steel rod can be fixed before they become big problems (the steel rod breaks), and other problems can be avoided altogether.
CeNSE will open up a new breed of business optimization applications using information ranging from operating capacity and merchandise tracking to environmental management and safety. The sensors will have the potential to “smell” a gas leak, monitor the speed and volume of freeway traffic, sense wear and tear on a bridge, or track the spread of the next flu virus. The result will be improved effectiveness and use of resources throughout the global economy. CeNSE could lead to ten-fold gains in production efficiencies and the ability to extend the life of manufacturing components by 50%.
HP aims to pilot CeNSE networks within the next three years and make them commercially available within four years.