HP Labs is developing very low-cost self-powered sensors that can be embedded in large numbers in many different types of infrastructure, such as buildings, roads, bridges and even agricultural fields, to enable ongoing control of operations for improved energy efficiency and performance. Known as CeNSE (Central Nervous System for the Earth), this groundbreaking system measures and processes data in real time. HP envisions an interconnected system with up to a trillion sensing stations, each the size of a pushpin and carrying 10 to 20 sensors, capable of measuring things like light, temperature, vibration, stress and moisture with tremendous sensitivity. The data is then communicated over fast, wireless networks for processing and analyzes by powerful HP computing systems, revealing new insights to make our built environment more efficient, safe and productive.

HP has an advantage over others in this space. We’re already the world’s largest producer and consumer of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), which are embedded in millions of our inkjet printers. But what really sets us apart is our integrated approach to developing CeNSE, as we’re bringing together sensors that we’ve designed and manufactured as well as HP servers, software and expertise to tie the complex system together and yield unprecedented intelligence.

CeNSE has the potential to redefine human interaction with the Earth as profoundly as the Internet has redefined personal and business interactions, providing better information to help businesses, governments and society make more informed, sustainable decisions.
Detroit Water and Sewerage Dept pumps an average of 640 million gallons of clean drinking water each day through its five water treatment plants and provides wastewater treatment to 3 million people. Yet its infrastructure was aging and inefficient, with a water metering system nearly 20 years old.

HP’s solution was to build one of the most advanced fixed network Advanced Metering Infrastructure systems in North America, one that has boosted productivity while helping DWSD save water—and money.

The Dept. sees data on water consumption every five minutes, and can verify billing records and water pressure and flows on a daily basis. Through more accurate meters, and more efficient customer service and operations, the Dept. is realizing an overall productivity gain of 15%.

When demand peaks and costs rise, wholesale customers can limit the amount of water they purchase. And instant access to consumption data encourages customers to make responsible choices. By exposing the data, we can save energy resources and reduce cost in one stroke.
Currently, 2 percent of global carbon emissions are generated by IT. As an industry, we have an obligation to continually improve.
But the greater opportunity is using IT to address the other 98 percent. With IT innovation, we can not only optimize our existing resources, we can entirely transform industries – eliminating energy-intensive and carbon-heavy processes altogether.
UPS Using an HP all-in-one scanner-printers, UPS has eliminated the need to print labels.
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CeNSE HP Labs has begun to deploy a Central Nervous System for the Earth…
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HP GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN HP ships 2 PCs a second, 2 printers a second,
4 servers every minute.
The largest supply chain in the industry is a competitive advantage. It also allows us to influence behavior…
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