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Continuously monitoring the temperature of your enterprise

Nadhan on ‎01-06-2014 10:28 AM

While taking your body temperature might seem like a simple, mundane exercise with a thermometer, the fact is that this piece of data can be used to provide insight into personal health indicators, using additional context. Doing this continuously with wearable devices provides actionable data that can be further analyzed to obtain valuable insight. How about a sophisticated "electronic skin" that adheres non-invasively to human skin, conforms well to contours and provides a detailed temperature map of any surface of the body? The underlying need for such continuous monitoring is not unique to individuals and their body temperatures. Let’s see how the New Style of IT drives enterprises to have such monitoring in place to continuously gauge the overall health of the enterprise.


An international multidisciplinary team, including researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign (UIUC) and the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), have developed an ultrathin "Diagnostic Skin" for continuous patient monitoring. This is a variation of a novel technology, originally developed in the lab of Professor John Rogers at UIUC called “epidermal electronics,” consisting of ultrathin, flexible skin-like arrays that resemble a tattoo of a micro-circuit board. The arrays developed with NIBIB contain sensors and heating elements. For more details, checkout the publication in Nature Materials edition (October 23) as well as the NIBIB News & Events article.


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The salient characteristics of the  Diagnostic Skin that apply to enterprises are:


1. Seamless. [The] compliant skin-like sensor/actuator technology can pliably laminated onto the epidermis. Enterprise monitoring solutions must integrate seamlessly into the fabric of the applications and infrastructure environment.


2. Continuous. [The Diagnostic Skin] continuously obtains accurate thermal characterizations. This is especially true from a security perspective for enterprises. Cybercrime never takes a day off – Cybersecurity should not either!


3. Precise. Millikelvin (1/1000th Kelvin) precision thermometry of the skin can provide relevant information about various important aspects of human physiology. The monitoring solution in place must track – with precision – the key performance indicators that matter to the enterprise.


4. Non-invasive. [The Diagnostic Skin provides] non-invasive spatial mapping of skin temperature. The monitoring solution must not impede the ongoing operations of the enterprise.


5. Real-time. [The Diagnostic Skin performs] simultaneous quantitative assessment of tissue thermal conductivity. Complex, real-time analytics must be performed on the data gathered to glean actionable insight.


Important operational examples include evaluation of subtle variations in skin temperature associated with mental activity, physical stimulation and vasoconstriction/dilation. HP Earth Insights is one example of such monitoring in place as applied to real life on Planet Earth. The IT Executive Scorecard and Operation Analytics are other tools that can be effectively used to put such monitoring in place.


Innovation is part of the bloodstream at UIUC. I am also reminded of my visit to the campus when Professor Emeritus James Phillips provided us an overview of the Talbot Lab Testing Facility.


So, how are you doing? How is the overall health of your enterprise? What steps are you taking to continuously measure its temperature? Please let me know.


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