The game-changing potential of smartphones that can smell

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When Germany’s Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) released a prototype sensor for allowing smartphones to smell, it didn’t merely replicate what a human nose can do. Once deployed, the phone will be able to detect aromas far more precisely than human noses. What is the enterprise IT potential here? Quite a bit.

Let’s start with a few dangers. When employees smell smoke, electrical burning or a gas leak, companies lose valuable time trying to find the source, especially if the smell is coming from behind a wall. That’s mostly because human noses are fine — to varying degrees, changing from person

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