Sensor manufacturer establishes connection to the cloud

July 25, 2014 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Swiss sensor manufacturer Sensirion has developed the smallest sensor for humidity and temperature and integrated it into a smartphone. An interesting aspect of the development goes beyond the sensor itself - the integration shifts Sensirion's focus from a pure hardware company towards software.

In collaborating with smartphone manufacturers across the globe, Sensirion has gradually added software capabilities to its offering. For example, along with Google it expanded the functionality of the Android IP to create an interface for the measurement of temperature and humidity measurement. The API is now available as an open source solution and is further expanded and updated continuously.

Now Sensirion has acquired the cloud and technology business from Koubachi AG, a spin-off from ETH Zurich, a high-profile Swiss technology university. A pioneer of the IoT, Koubachi developed a wireless sensor for soil humidity in 2010; the company now is regarded as a vendor of "appcessoires" - a combination of smartphone apps and the related hardware. Koubachi's cloud business unit, now to be part of Sensirion, developed cloud server products that took the part of processing high sensor data volumes to dissect valuable trend data and other findings.

For the future, Sensirion sees great potential with software products. The company intends to spearhead the change towards intelligent sensors and the processing of sensor data in the cloud. "Currently, we are working on novel sensor solutions that will be connected directly to the cloud. These solutions will be build on the technology we acquired from Koubachi," said Moritz Koehler, head of software development.