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Archive for September, 2006

The First Successful ZigBee Implementation in the Insurance Industry

MeshNetics, a leading wireless sensor technology provider and 802.15.4/ZigBee expert, today announced that together with the UK telemetry partner BOX telematics it has successfully completed the trial of the ZigBee-based wireless solution deployed to monitor building subsidence for Crawford & Company, the world’s largest independent provider of claims management solutions to insurance companies. Using the Zigbee-based wireless solution, Crawford & Company found that claim assessment time was cut dramatically.

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Tendril Announces Line of Low-Cost, Highly Flexible Access Point Products For Wireless Sensor and Control Networks

Tendril (, the leader in network operations platform software for customizing and deploying Wireless Sensor and Control Networks (WSCN), today announced Tendril Access – a line of user-friendly, flexible access points that provides functional access to any 802.15.4/ZigBee WSCN from traditional computing platforms such as PCs. Designed to serve as a gateway between wired and wireless networks, Tendril Access comes pre-packaged with a simple-to-use Windows driver with associated API – all for under US$100. Tendril Access can stand on its own as a WSCN access point to support an organization’s homegrown applications, or Access can connect to Tendril’s modular Network Operations Platform to create a pre-built, cohesive, comprehensive WSCN system.

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Wireless Sensor Systems Market Expected to Grow Rapidly Over the Next 5 – 10 Years

Research and Markets has announced the addition of Comprehensive Analysis of Wireless Sensor Systems Market to their offering

The prospects for WSN technology are most promising. The market for wireless sensor systems should grow rapidly over the next 5-10 years. Depending on the outcome of standardization efforts and developments in affiliated markets, sales of wireless sensor systems could reach 5 to 7 billion dollars in future. The WSN market must grow rapidly to reach such levels so quickly, however. As the market takes off from its current small base, sales will multiply year-to-year. Annual growth rates will fall through a still substantial 40 or 50%.

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Energy harvesting: A battle against power losses

Is it possible, are indefinite operational life and wireless power grids possible? Maybe not for every application, but how about for micro-scale devices? The fact is in situ energy sources like MEMS vibrational and thermoelectric generators can potentially achieve these goals for small footprint system-in-package (SiP) solutions like bio-implantable devices and wireless sensor transceiver network nodes. The key objective is to scavenge sufficient energy from the environment to sustain the micro-power system indefinitely, or at least extend life to practical levels.

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EnOcean Battery-less Sensors to Breed Energy from Thin Air

Extending their series of battery-less / wireless sensors and switches that can pull out energy from the environment and broadcast information through radio signals to a processor, once again German EnOcean has emerged with a thermal-differential sensor, a battery-less sensors that produce energy from atmosphere and temperature discrepancies.

Capable of producing 50-milliwatts, owing to 3-degrees Celsius higher or lower surface temperature than the direct surroundings that is enough to transmit a twisted RF signal as much as 300 m in an open depot or 30 m through walls. To create micro-climates around the home, simply you got to do is connect the sensors with a thermostat and unshackle your home from Cat 5 or WiFi all around.

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SensiNet 3.0

Sensicast Systems is shipping SensiNet 3.0 – the industry’s first end-to-end, wireless mesh sensor network solution that can be tailored to specific applications using a self-configuring building block approach. Sensicast’s third-generation mesh networking offering, SensiNet 3.0 is based on a building block deployment approach-for fast installation and scalability (from small networks to very large/multi-facility networks of hundreds of sensors). SensiNet’s patented wireless mesh network technology enables end-user customers such as plant and building managers to quickly install and operate comprehensive, yet tailor-made systems to wirelessly track conditions and processes in their facilities

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WSN tutorial online for limited time

A free four-hour tutorial on “Wireless Sensor Networks” is currently available from the IEEE Communications Society’s Tutorials Now! program.

Presented from a systems and networking perspective, this tutorial starts with a look at potential applications, then covers the major subsystems in a sensor network, ranging from platforms and hardware up to application level support for network-level querying.

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