element14.com and Panasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems Europe, together with several engineering schools from the UK and Germany have launched a research project looking at innovative infrared people detection software in combination with the world’s first ever surface mount thermopile sensor – the Panasonic Grid-EYE Infrared Array Sensor. Participants will be invited to document the progress of their projects on the community platform, element14.com. On completion of the projects, Panasonic and element14.com will select the entry that they consider demonstrates the highest degree of originality, innovation and technical merit. The faculty responsible for this project will be awarded a budget to spend on selected Panasonic components and equipment.
Dianne Kibbey - Global Head of Community, Social Media and Creative Services, Farnell element14.com: “At element14.com, our online community is the industry standard for electronics collaboration. We are delighted to be working with Panasonic on this initiative, which reflects our long history of facilitating innovative research projects through our STEM Academy, our regular Design Challenges and our membership of over 480,000 engineers, makers and educators. We’re excited to discover what the participating students come up with over the coming months, and we look forward to showcasing the results of their hard work on the element14 community.”
Mubeen Abbas, Product Manager, Panasonic explains that Panasonic has joined element14.com in this project in order to reduce barriers to university-industry research partnerships. He comments: “Innovation happens where ideas and experiences collide – where different branches of knowledge interact and where people with entrepreneurial skills work side by side with those who have pioneering knowledge. Cooperation between universities and industry is therefore central to driving innovation. With the explosive rise of Internet of Things (IoT) applications in a fast-changing world, we understand that working hand in hand with universities is more important than ever before.”
In the IoT world, many objects that surround us will be on a network in one form or another. More, granular, 24/7 quantified monitoring is leading to a deeper understanding of the internal and external world encountered by humans. To achieve this, data transmission and sensor network technologies must rise to meet new challenges, in which information and communication systems are embedded in the environment around us. IoT implementations are not possible without the data provided by sensors – especially infrared sensors – and the transportation of the data to and from the cloud via wireless modules.
By combining its new IR sensor technology with Bluetooth wireless systems and software for IR detection of people and objects on one board, Panasonic enables students to develop rapid prototypes and quickly build their own wireless sensor “Internet of Things” applications.
Dr. José Manuel Andrade, Control Systems R&D Engineer / Senior Lecturer in Electrical & Electronic Engineering, University of Derby adds regarding the question why he and his university have joined the competition: “The Panasonic Grid-EYE evaluation kit and the Panasonic Grid-EYE Lab-Test in particular offer students the opportunity to learn about electrical and electronic engineering by using cutting-edge technology within a real-world context. The Panasonic Grid-EYE evaluation kit has very good potential within the IoT. Firstly, it has the capability to connect to a PC, a mobile device such as smart phone or tablet, or an Arduino board. Secondly it has the ability to monitor moving and motionless objects as well as measure temperature and produce thermal images in different contexts that range from household solutions to industry and health applications. “