The government-funded Institute for Information Industry has cooperated with a local company to install a wireless sensor network (WSN) in a new housing complex in Taipei’s Neihu District, according to a press release yesterday by the institute. An institute official said that the WSN technology installed at Century Garden — built by Century Digital Science and Technology and technologically supported by the institute — could provide extensive safety measures for children and the elderly. The battery-powered equipment offers services such as positioning and wireless emergency notification to provide vital information to firefighters or rescue teams in case of fire or when residents require immediate medical attention, the official said.
The original article is available here.
Residential energy consumption accounts for nearly 20% of the total national consumption and 50% of the critical peak consumption in California. With blackout-related economic losses costing billions of dollars, residential energy consumption is at the forefront of energy management research.
A very interesting blog and website on utilizing wireless sensor networks as an enabling technology for novel energy management applications is available here.
The membership of the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) has approved and released the OGC Sensor Web Enablement (SWE) White Paper as an official public OGC White Paper.
In the OGC Sensor Web Enablement (SWE) activity, members of the OGC are defining, testing, and documenting a consistent framework of open standards for exploiting Web-connected sensors and sensor systems of any type. Sensor Web Enablement presents many opportunities for adding a real-time sensor dimension to the Internet and the Web.
The OGC Document 06-046r2 is available here.
Microsoft Research combined with the Research Channel have a new seminar, which is on a very important topic for anyone involved with controls and sensors.
In this talk, Feng Zhao of Microsoft Research argues that the existing node-centric programming of embedded devices is inadequate and unable to scale up. New service architectures, inter-operation protocols, and programming models are needed that are resource-aware and resource-efficient across heterogeneous devices that can range from extremely limited sensor motes to more powerful servers.
The webinar is available here.
With the ecology of coral reefs around the globe increasingly under pressure, scientists on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef are establishing a network of sensors to better understand this beautiful part of the underwater world.
The complete story from BBC’s website, here.
Spectrum Radio’s Erico Guizzo travels to Norway to report on a team of British Glaciologists using a unque wireless probe to research how global warming in effecting the world’s glaciers.
The radio program is available at the May 2006 episode ofIEEE Spectrum Radio.
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The review is available here.