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Archive for October, 2009

Space Age Volcano Monitoring Network

Eventual activity of Mount St. Hellens, the most deadly Volcano in the US, could now be monitored with space age monitoring network developed by the SensorWeb Project, a collaboration from Nasa’s AI Group at JPL and WSU SensorWeb Lab

NASA envisions the future use of this technology to explore other planets:  from dust storms or quakes in Mars to seeking life in potential under-ice ocean in Europa, Jupiter’s sixth moon.

Nice video about the Volcano SensorWeb deployment this summer is available here.

Email and SMS real time alarm system for sensor networks

Sending alarm messages when some data goes above or below a certain threshold is a common task in a wireless sensor network deployment.Real time and critic systems require quick and reliable methods of delivering the information to the desired responsible for taking action on the problem. For this reason, Libelium has included a quick guide about how to send SMS’s and Emails in real time using the Meshlium platform. The guides show how to parse and integrate the frames received in a database, and how to use step by step the Email system and the GPRS module integrated in the device to send these alarm messages.

The sensor information is delivered to Meshlium using the Waspmote platform which will be in the market before the end of this year. All the code is open source. You can access to these guides in the Meshlium Development section.

WSN for Next Generation of Commercial Aircraft

Engineers at Scotland’s Institute for System Level Integration (iSLI) have begun work on the development stage of a £3.3 M project to design a wireless sensor system set to become a standard feature of the next generation of commercial aircraft. The project, which will enable the real-time monitoring of critical components during flight and could make a vital contribution to improved air safety, is jointly funded by the UK Technology Board and some of the aerospace industry’s leading companies.

More info here

WSN, Ubiquitous and Trustworthy Computing

The Third IEEE International Conference on Sensor Networks, Ubiquitous and Trustworthy Computing (SUTC2010) will be held in Newport Beach, California, USA on June 7-9, 2010.

The availability of small, low-cost and low-power sensors, radios, and micro-controllers has triggered a huge wave of research in networked embedded sensing systems. As a result, different research communities have emerged that work on related aspects, but have slightly different foci. The focus of the sensor network community is on energy-efficient systems and networking solutions. While these aspects are also fundamental for ubiquitous computing, the focus of the latter community is on user interaction. The currently emerging cyber-physical systems community emphasizes the integration of actuation and control. Despite these differences, the realization of the above visions involves a common fundamental challenge: The need for trustworthy computing solutions to deliver secure, private and reliable computing and communication services. (more…)

CIA invests in low-power Wi-Fi Intel spinoff

Low-power Wi-Fi specialist and Intel spinoff company GainSpan Corp today announced a strategic investment and technology development agreement with In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s independent strategic investment firm.

According to GainSpan, its technology provides the lowest power consuming Wi-Fi single chip solution for wireless sensor networks and other embedded applications, allowing devices to run for up to 10 years on a single AA battery.

“GainSpan’s innovative technology helps address critical technology needs of the US Intelligence Community,” said Troy M Pearsall, executive VP of architecture and engineering at In-Q-Tel, in a statement. “The power requirements of Wi-Fi have traditionally limited its application in sensor networks, but GainSpan’s low-power Wi-Fi devices enable new classes of solutions that will provide key technology capabilities to both the government and commercial markets.”

More info here.

CONET Roadmap Goes Public

The CONET Consortium just released their Research Roadmap (2009 ver) to the public domain. The book contains an introduction to the topic of cooperating objects, state of the art review in the field and a compendium of research gaps and trends. It serves well as an overview of hot research topics to be pursued by their members and the community at large in the near future.

You may download the Rodmap here (6 Mb pdf file).

SenSys/BuildSys early registration extended

Due to popular demand, the early registration deadline of Sensys and the co-located BuildSys workshop have been extended
to October 15th.


ACM SenSys/BuildSys 2009: Call for Participation

The 7th ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems November 4-6, 2009
The ACM BuildSys Workshop on Embedded Sensing Sysstems for Energy-Efficiency in Buildings: November 3rd, 2009
Berkeley, California
SIGBED, NSF, iFive, Intel, Microsoft, ArchRock, SynapSense.

Zigbee Radio with 2 Mile Range


California Eastern Laboratories, which develops IEEE 802.15.4/ZigBee radios, is now shipping its new MeshConnect Extended Range Module, with a range of up to two miles.

CEL says it can maintain strong connections, even in congested environments with interference from Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Its +123.5 dB link budget enables higher data rates to be maintained for longer distances, but is said to maintain a long battery life due to its extremely low <1 uA (microamp) sleep mode power consumption.

Whereas most ZigBee modules run at 250 Kbps only, the MeshConnect module runs at 250 Kbps, 500 Kbps or a full 1 Mbps, enabling both higher speed applications as well as those that require a burst of throughput at key times. The MeshConnect module is unique in that it has a built in Codec processor that enables voice and low resolution video applications such as security cameras, walkie-talkies, and intercom systems.

More info here.

Green Buildings are Gaining Momentum with Wireless Sensor Networking

Energy directives, rising operating costs and a growing green movement are driving adoption of Wireless Sensor Networking (WSN) for building automation, according to a recently published report by ON World. Technology advances such as ZigBee PRO, IP sensor networking, Low Power WiFi, and energy harvesting provide affordable smart building solutions for a growing market that will reach $4 billion in 2013.

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) October 14, 2009 — Energy directives, rising operating costs and a growing green movement are driving adoption of Wireless Sensor Networking (WSN) for building automation, according to a recently published report by ON World. Today, tens of thousands of ZigBee devices are being installed in the CityCenter development, wireless sub-metering systems are being deployed by grocery chains across Europe, and Zero Carbon initiatives such as Masdar City in Abu Dubai are using WSN to make buildings greener and “smarter.”
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WSN & RTLS Summit

The WSN & RTLS Summit, collocated with Energy Harvesting and Storage, will be held in Denver, Colorado, US on 3-4 November 2009. It will explore wireless locating and sensing, exposing the development of wireless sensors, using both traditional RFID-based technology and new mesh network-based technology.

Real Time Location Systems (RTLS) are gaining momentum in the industry. The benefits of an instant and accurate account of assets and people means that RTLS is being used in manufacturing, healthcare, the military, postal and courier, leisure and retail sectors.

More info here