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Archive for April, 2008

SPOTs Talk online

If you missed the Sun Labs Open House, then here’s your chance to see the Sun SPOTs ‘Lightning Talk’ from the Open House:

Big Project: Sun SPOT

Wireless mesh technology boosts crop yields

Kronos – a global provider of human capital management solutions – has selected GreenPeak’s low-power wireless mesh networking technology for one of its wireless terminals. Hortimax, a Kronos VAR, is active in greenhouse harvesting management systems. In one of its projects, a harvest administration system is used to monitor the activity and location of individual mobile harvesting carts.

This solution is based on the Kronos wireless terminal and uses GreenPeak’s wireless mesh technology to transmit data from individual mobile harvesting carts to routers, which enables the data to be gathered and analysed in a central co-ordinator unit.
The wireless technology allows the monitoring of individual pickers’ efficiency.
Compared with the old situation, where only the average picking weight per corridor and not per individual picker was known, the new system was able to increase overall greenhouse productivity by 15%.

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Dust Networks enable HART Foundation's Wireless Demonstration

Hannover, Germany (April 21, 2008) – Dust Networks™, the leading provider of embedded wireless sensor networking (WSN) solutions, today announced its sponsorship of and participation in the HART Communication Foundations wireless interoperability demonstration at the INTERKAMA 2008 tradeshow at Hannover Messe, Germany, April 21-24. The companys SmartMesh™ embedded wireless sensor networking (WSN) system provides the wireless intelligence inside many of the products showcased by leading industrial automation vendors in the wireless demonstration. The demonstration can be viewed at the HART Foundation exhibit in hall 6, stand K24.

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All pull together!

Wireless technology is having a profound impact on the embedded systems market. Low cost, low power, easy to implement, large scale wireless sensor networks are enabling innovative applications, as well as significant improvements in existing systems.
Generating the most interest and potential are wireless sensor networks that can assemble and reconfigure themselves. Consider a wireless sensor network that can run without a human administrator that will reconfigure itself automatically if nodes on the network fail. It might comprise tens of thousands of nodes spread over a huge area, yet will operate for years with minimal maintenance. Or consider an ad hoc network that builds or reconfigures itself, as required, from any suitable devices in range or which move into range.

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Sensinode offers IPv6 Wireless Network Solutions Based on 6LoWPAN Standard Technology

Sensinode Ltd., a pioneering/commercial supplier of solutions for IPv6 over wireless mesh networks, today announced it has joined the Texas Instruments (TI) Low-Power RF Developer Network. The technology innovation and licensing company, focused on enabling the Real-Time Enterprise, will present its solution on April 17, 2008 at the Texas Instruments booth (#1708) at the Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose, Calif.

Leveraging TI’s high-performance, IEEE 801.15.4-compatible RF system-on-chip, CC2430/31, Sensinode supports the growth of the emerging market for low-cost, small form factor NanoRouter USB and NanoSensor devices by providing customers with advanced design solutions for the WSN (Wireless Sensor Network) environment.

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Internships at WSN Lab

The WSN Lab sponsored by Pirelli and Telecom Italia, located in Downtown Berkeley near the University campus, develops wireless sensor networks technologies for applications in automotive, building management, and assisted living.

There are five Internships available, extending between 3 and 6 months.

The Intern will have the opportunity to contribute to the SPINE open source project that is developed by a community of researchers in the academia and the industry. (Options 2, 3 and 4)
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A look at battery-less, mesh sensor nets

Ultra-low-power ZigBee-based wireless mesh networks, powered by a variety of energy-harvesting technologies, make it possible to create the first truly wireless and battery-less sense and control networks for regulating energy consumption in domestic and industrial uses.

Homes, offices and factories waste energy on lighting, heating and air conditioning. With the help of light- and temperature-sensor network technologies, energy conservation processes such as turning off lights and adjusting temperature now can be automated, reducing costs.

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