Wireless is the way to go for sensing applications. The infrastructure is there, used daily, and robust. In some cases, the networks are self-healing. It's a no-brainer that the trend is going wire free. Some companies are even taking the data logging and analysis burden away from some companies. Placing it all in the cloud. Not having to lay an infinite distance of wire, in these cases, also saves the planet for vital resources. It's the way to go.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.