Towards Intelligent Sensor Evolution: A Holonic-Based System Architecture

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Rapid developments of smart sensor technologies envisage a new era where information handling and knowledge sharing will play a crucial role. Traditional sensors were conceived as simple hardware transducers of physical quantities into measurable signals, eventually requiring an analogue/digital conversion to make data available for software applications. IEEE-1451 family of standards has added to mere transduction some architectural prescriptions to mainly address the issue of connection transparency, a desirable property virtually making any sensor a plug-and-play device.