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Archive for July, 2007

TurtleNet, Turtles Have Wireless

Now even the turtle is addicted to wireless technologies. Using a solar-powered GPS and WiFi, University of Massachusetts researchers have created TurtleNet: the world’s first all-turtle network.

Used to track movement patterns of endangered snapping turtles, TurtleNet relies upon periodic turtle-to-turtle WiFi relays as turtles pass other turtles. Then, when one of these turtles comes close to the UM base station, all turtle data is uploaded and sent to the lab 15 miles away. We just think it’s sick that researchers have burdened an endangered species just for some free WiFi in the middle of the swamp. It’s not even hooked to the internet, stupids!

Read more here or at the project’s webpage.

WSN are making buildings green

A recent ON WORLD report “WSN for Smart Buildings” declares this technology’s clean and inexpensive system deployments will result in more buildings using less energy, needing less maintenance, and producing lower carbon emissions. It forecasts global revenues for WSN commercial building solutions will be $2.6 billion, by 2011. As well as 25% of commercial building energy reduction attributed to WSN by 2013, worth $7.4 billion in global energy savings.
It calls several emerging market opportunities for WSN such as lighting control systems, metering, and condition monitoring. And other markets such as lodging, manufacturing, warehousing and data centers, which often lack traditional building control systems, seem to have the highest demands for WSN today.

According to the report, IEEE802.15.4 and ZigBee are the winning technologies for WSN solutions in commercial buildings.

Further details here

Summer School on Applications of Wireless Sensor Networks

The Warsaw University of Technology, Warsaw, Poland, is organizing a Summer School on Applications of Wireless Sensor Networks, from September 10th to the 14th.

The goal of this summer school is to:

– survey the most relevant research domains
– present various perspectives and underlying technologies
– identify the most important challenges and research themes
– interact with distinguished scholars and establish contacts that may lead to research collaborations in the future

The intended audience consists of post-graduate students, PhD students, and young researchers from universities and industrial laboratories around the world.

More info is available here.

The core TinyOS WG willing to collaborate and interact with the larger TinyOS community

Quoting Philip Levis, who coordinates the WG efforts:
“..Historically, the WG list has been closed only to members, with non-members being able to read the archives online. A few weeks ago, the WG decided that it would be better if most technical discussions occurred in a public forum. We decided that this would be an excellent use of tinyos-devel. The private WG list still exists, but we plan to use it mostly for administrative issues, such as organizing teleconferences and release management.. ”

As they are starting to package up 2.0.2, there would be a few discussions on some proposed changes for the next release, 2.1. According to the recent peak of activity in the tinyos-devel list, currently active developers are planning to include a new version of the Python stack developed by Matt Welsh and his group at Hardvard, which will permit to migrate all PC-side tools to Python.

Among other interesting contributions, there is a new implementation of the serial forwarder for T2 in C++, by Andreas Koepke from TU Berlin, which may also be included. Been more reliable and showing higher throuput, the new code it’s tailored to run on the ARM based NSLU2.

Interested to catch up with more details and contribute? You might be willing to join the list here

Ambient has received the 'Van den Kroonenberg Award'

Ambient, the Dutch company innovating with WSN products, has received the prestigious Dutch award for Young Entrepreneurship. ” ..for their innovative products, which are based on years of highly innovative research and development”.

With offices located in the Business & Science Park of the city of Enschede, the Netherlands, it has been an attraction to several state authorities recently.

They have developed solutions for food monitoring, an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and automatic meter reading (AMR) that they claim is flexible, scalable, and affordable. The system is intended for electric, water, and gas utilities. Offering remote setup and configuration capabilities and providing access to all meter functions.

Previously this year its CTO Paul Havinga has received an ICT Innovation Award.

Detailed story here

Cellular Phone controlling Bluetooth-enabled SPOTs

SPOT World has been ported to run on a cell phone and uses a Sun SPOT connected to a Bluetooth module to act as a base station proxy to the world.

A video of all this working is available here:

The SPOT World that is running on the cell phone is the same code that is available on the Sun SPOT’s CD with some minor modifications to make it JME compatible. The standard SPOT World views, Tree View and Grid View, can’t run on a cell phone because they require JFC/Swing. To overcome this problem the author created his own view, Menu View, which allows one to manipulate remote SPOTs using a standard cell phone list UI. The other addition is code to open a Bluetooth radio stream connection to the Bluetooth-enabled SPOT.

Great work!

Jennic Announces ZigBee Starter Kit for Under $200

ennic Ltd. has announced a new starter kit for under $200 to address the needs of developers who want to add IEEE802.15.4 and ZigBee wireless connectivity to their product ranges but have little or no RF design or software development experience. It is the first design kit at this price point to offer ZigBee functionality as standard. The starter kit provides three hardware nodes (based on Jennic’s JN5139 wireless microcontroller modules) that allow users to evaluate and develop wireless sensor network applications from an easy-to-use, low-cost start point.

The key benefits are that users can easily understand 2.4GHz RF performance, experiment with network topologies, and test applications via a simple API (application programming interface). It can be expanded with additional nodes from Jennic design kits to develop a full mesh network. The starter kit is particularly suited as a development route for modules, either with an embedded application, or as a dongle to an external microcontroller.

More info here.