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SENSORICA value system

Sensorica value network creates value at different levels on the value ladder. Our core competency is sensing. 

Value ladder for sensor product development

Every step in the ladder is value added to the step before. 

 TransducerA transducer is the part of a sensor that transfers one physical quantity (the measurand) in to another one that can be more easily treated and interpreted by a human. See Wikipedia definition
Ex. a thermocouple transfer temperature into voltage.
SENSORICA is designing different transducers such as the joint-type transducer and the optical soil moisture sensor

 
Joint-type transducer
 SensorThe sensor includes the transducer and everything else needed to translate the measurand quantity into information, which is understood by humans. See Wikipedia definition. That can include electronics, mechanical assemblies, photonics... Nowadays, sensors come with software. Ex. a thermocouple-based thermometer a with software. See the Mosquito project for example. The Mosquito sensor, electronic box and the displacement/force transducer
 Application An application is a solution to a problem in the form of an instrument. In our context, that instrument contains a sensor. Ex. a water boiler, containing a thermocouple-based thermometer. See the Mosquito Scientific Instrument System for example.Mosquito Scientific Instrument with electrical activation bath on a microscope stage
 SensemakingSensemaking are complex systems that collect data and information from the environment, analyses it in context and provide humans with material used for better planning and decision making. It is a system that helps us make sense of our environment. See our sensing and sensemaking for local Sensing and sensemaking for (g)local food systems for example. 


Value creation network

Members of SENSORICA propose ideas or import ideas about solutions to problems. Some ideas lead to designs, which are virtual representations of the solution, which also incorporated theoretical feasibility. Some designs will lead to prototypes, and prototypes will lead to products. This movement from idea to product is not linear. The open value network allows ideas, designs, prototypes, and products to freely interact with each other, forming a network. 

 Idea An idea is a basic description of a solution to a problem. It doesn't need to be demonstrated.
Within SENSORICA ideas, designs, and prototypes are discussed around Projects and Activity clusters.
 DesignA design is represented by a technical document. For example, a mechanical design is represented by a CAD file, an electronic design by a SPICE file, an optical design by a Zmax file, etc.
Within SENSORICA ideas, designs, and prototypes are discussed around Projects and Activity clusters.
 PrototypeA prototype is a physical representation of a solution to a problem. It is not a product, because it might have quality and reliability issues. A prototype is the best proof of concept of an idea and a design. 
Within SENSORICA, ideas, designs, and prototypes are discussed around Projects and Activity clusters.
 ProductA product is a solution to a problem that meets some standards of reliability, quality, safety... 
See products on the Products and services page.


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