With digital technology, we can make significant progress towards reducing the environmental impacts of industrial systems—but digital has a footprint too. It now accounts for nearly 10% of the world’s power consumption, and by 2030 that figure should rise to 20% or 30%. That’s why CEA-List is committed to developing more frugal technologies.
Can digital technology help save the planet? That’s one of the challenges we’re working on at CEA-List. In addition to designing less resource-intensive technologies—especially for embedded systems—we are developing tools that can improve the environment for workers and all citizens.
For decades, CEA-List has been developing smart instrumentation to measure radiation. These increasingly high-performance systems are improving radiation protection and environmental monitoring. Our solutions rely on precise digital modeling and rapid simulation of radiation-matter interactions. They can be used to design and optimize instrumentation systems, calculate doses received, and ascertain the activation of materials and structures. Digital models like these can be used to develop integrated systems in the form of a prototype with a variety of technologies (sensors or acquisition electronics). The systems also include algorithmic solutions for physical signal analysis coupled with artificial intelligence, giving users reliable data that they can readily interpret.
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