Saturday, December 15, 2012

Sensor industry important, but part of ICT convergence

As reported in the Korea Joongang Daily this morning, the government plans a significant investment in development of the sensor industry, as shown in the accompanying graphic. (click to see a full size version) This is an important development, but needs to be seen in its proper context, which is building the "ubiquitous networked society" that South Korea declared a national goal back in 2006 with its U-Korea plan.  Readers will see the relationship to my previous post about Korea's nanotech convergence policy.
Korea will need to develop its sensor market, but the value of doing so is not apparent from treating it as a silo and in isolation.  Sensors are only valuable because of the information they sense, record and transmit.  The communication, and especially the communication content, is what is essential.

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