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Archive for November, 2006

Wireless Sensor Networks Conference in London

This event will focus on fundamental challenges arising in the design and implementation of wireless sensor networks.

The goal of this conference is to provide a cross-disciplinary session for researchers in both academia and industry addressing challenges in the vast area of sensor networks to interact and exchange the information of the most recent results, and hopefully to form leading technological collaborations across UK and Europe.

The conference will take place in London, UK, the 4 December 2006 at the Institute of Physics.

More information here.

Wireless Control and Sensor Technologies Drive the Modernization of the Industrial Sector

The new WTRS Industrial Automation Applications Report examines the underlying evolution of the sector as it begins the incorporation of wireless control and sensor networks. Factors considered in the report include market potential, state of the involved standards bodies, barriers to entry for emerging technologies and components, relative attractiveness of emerging wireless technologies.

“Industrial automation is no longer a matter of choice, but fundamental to the success and competitive edge of even the smallest manufacturing endeavor,” says Dr Kirsten West, Principal Analyst of WTRS. “The emergence of IEEE 802.15.4, IEEE 802.15.4a, Bluetooth, WiFi, RFID, and other wireless standards in the industrial world is in fact hinged to the adoption of the ERP, supply chain, CRM, process information management, and human interface management systems that have been introduced in the last few years. Wireless technology implementation in an industrial environment offers the possibility to track and trim the overall energy budget for a plant or facility by turning off system modules depending on system operating profiles and power availability.”

The complete story here.

Evaluation kit for developers mesh network

Meshnetics, a leading Zigbee technology provider, is to begin shipping its new 2.4GHz 802.15.4/Zigbee Evaluation Kit.

The kit provides all the hardware and software tools needed to quickly evaluate the performance of the Zigbit mesh-networking module, including tools to test its communication range, power consumption, and the embedded software capabilities.

Thanks to a recently announced partnership between Atmel and Meshnetics, the new 2.4GHz 802.15.4/Zigbee Evaluation Kit will be the first to feature the latest Atmel RF transceiver, the AT86RF230, which is said to have the highest link budget of any 802.15.4 radio.

The complete story here.

The International Congress for Wireless Sensors & Networks 2006

The International Congress for Wireless Sensors & Networks 2006 dedicated to wireless sensor networks will welcome 20 industrial leaders coming from the key companies driving the industry who will discuss the main questions of the market such as:

– The worldwide wireless sensors market: future trends, growth potentials per applications and cost effectiveness of the industry
– One the main issue of the industry: the communication solutions & standards
– State of the art of the main technical challenges of the wireless sensor networks
– Wireless sensor networks developments in 4 workshops: Home & Building automation, Industrial automation, Medical and Automotive applications.

For full programme details, visit: http://www.icwsn.com/program/.

Sensor networks protect containers, navigate robots

Computer scientist engineers here are using wireless sensor networks that employ software agents that so far have been able to navigate a robot safely through a simulated fire and spot a simulated fire by seeking out heat. Once the agent locates the fire, it clones itself – try that, James Bond — creating a ring of software around the fire. A “fireman” can then communicate with this multifaceted agent through a personal digital assistant (PDA) and learn where the fire is and how intense it is. Should the fire expand, the agents clone again and maintain the ring – an entirely different “ring of fire.”

The complete story here.

Next Generation Networks for First Responders and Critical Infrastructures

Call for Papers: The First International Workshop on Research Challenges in Next Generation Networks for First Responders and Critical Infrastructures. New Orleans, Louisiana, April 11-13.

As advances in pervasive computing, wireless communication and sensor networks continue, more opportunities are open to first responders and critical infra-structures to benefit from these technologies. Providing first responders with the best possible technology, infrastructure and services help save the lives of the general public and the first responders as well.

One of the main challenges to the operations of first responders and critical infrastructures is to deploy a communication network that is dependable, secure, and rapidly deployable. In order to operate effectively, the deployed network supports services such as location determination, audio and video communication, and in site and remote sensing. Another key feature for first responders and critical infrastructures networks is to support interactions among multiple heterogeneous networks.

more details here

Wireless sensors measure 3D force and torque data in human knee replacement

Historically, knee implants have been designed using predictions based on theoretical data. Now, a new smart knee replacement can wirelessly transmit multi-axis torque and force information directly from patients to a computer. These advances greatly enhance the capabilities of the first smart knee implant in 2004 that reported only knee compressive forces. The second generation implant provides a wealth of new information: twisting, bending, compressive, and shearing loads across the human knee – all reported dynamically and wirelessly. The data generated from this device will provide key inputs for new designs, techniques for implantation, and actual use of knee replacements. In-depth analysis can now be undertaken of forces and torques transmitted across the knee joint during normal human activities such as stair climbing, rising from a chair and walking. The results of this analysis can be used to improve design, refine surgical instrumentation, guide post-operative physical therapy and potentially detect the individual activities that would overload the implant.

The complete story here.