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Archive for May, 2006

Sensor Networks for Dummies

A new Sun initiative aims to make the programming of sensor networks easy — ushering in an era of widespread adoption.

Sun Microsystems has announced a project that could put easy-to-manage sensor networks in the hands of average computer programmers worldwide — helping to make networked sensors more prevalent. A world full of sensors is a world in which, for instance, building climates are micro-controlled, rooms come alive with lights and music when people enter them, and the health of elderly family members is monitored from a distance.

The complete article is available here.

AeroComm Announces 'ZigBee Your Way'

AeroComm Inc., the most established global supplier of complete RF solutions for OEMs, presents a breakthrough for industrial wireless performance: the ZB2430 “ZigBee Your Way(TM)” Transceiver. Based on the Texas Instruments leading-edge 802.15.4 System-on-Chip and Z-Stack(TM) technology, ZB2430 provides OEMs with industry-defining wireless performance in the areas of power consumption, integration, range, features and functionality.

More info here.

Book review: Networking Wireless Sensors

Telecom Books Blog has an interesting review of “Networking Wireless Sensors”, by Bhaskar Krishnamachari.

The complete review can be found here.

Cell phone as sensor

Right now, there are hundreds of millions of cell phones in use around the world. According to UC Berkeley computer science graduate student R.J. Honicky, the ubiquity of those devices could be leveraged to help reduce pollution, fight disease, and tackle other societal scale problems with no additional effort on the part of the person carrying the phone. The key is outfitting newly manufactured cell phones with inexpensive environmental sensors.

The complete article is available here.

Warm Watts for Wireless

A tiny new generator that produces electricity from small variations in temperature could turn people into power packs for medical implants and clear the way for complex wireless monitoring systems.
Makers of tiny wireless sensors used for tracking vital signs of people in their homes or watching environmental conditions in large buildings have long faced a power problem: Batteries only last so long. And they can be difficult to replace or recharge in a device implanted, for example, inside a person’s thigh.
But a breakthrough in miniaturization promises to tap unlimited power with small, implantable thermoelectric generators capable of producing electricity from ambient heat.

The whole article is available here.

MSc in Wireless Sensor Networks

The School of Engineering, Design and Technology (EDT) at the University of Bradford is launching a new full-time master of science degree programme in wireless sensor networks – the first of its kind in the UK. The programme has been developed in response to the ever-increasing importance of sensor technology in today’s information society and builds on the Mobile and Satellite Communications Research Centre’s world-class expertise in wireless communications. The new course in wireless sensor networks is motivated and driven by the rapid technological developments and advances in this area and addresses specifically the significant foreseeable demand for chartered engineers in this exciting industry.

More information here.

Wiki on WSN

A very interesting Wiki on Wireless Sensor Networks is available at the website of the Telecommunication Networks Group, Technical University of Berlin. It contains lots of resources, tutorials and descriptions of projects.

The Wiki is available here.