New products, Conferences, Books, Papers, Internet of Things

Archive for November, 2009

Paper: "Four Billion Little Brothers?: Privacy, Mobile Phones, and Ubiquitous Data Collection"

They place phone calls, surf the Internet, and there are close to four billion of them in the world. Their built-in microphones, cameras, and location awareness can collect images, sound, and GPS data. Beyond chatting and texting, these features could make phones ubiquitous, familiar tools for quantifying personal patterns and habits. They could also be platforms for thousands to document a neighborhood, gather evidence to make a case, or study mobility and health. This data could help you understand your daily carbon footprint, exposure to air pollution, exercise habits, and frequency of interactions with family and friends.

More info here.


ACM SenSys 2010

Dear all,

The SenSys 2010 conference will be held in Zurich, Switzerland. A preliminary call for paper can be fond following clicking here.

For the preliminary conference website, click here

'Road trains' get ready to roll

Road trains that link vehicles together using wireless sensors could soon be on European roads.

An EU-financed research project is looking at inexpensive ways of getting vehicles to travel in a ‘platoon’ on Europe’s motorways. Each road train could include up to eight separate vehicles – cars, buses and trucks will be mixed in each one.

The EU hopes to cut fuel consumption, journey times and congestion by linking vehicles together. Early work on the idea suggests that fuel consumption could be cut by 20% among those cars and trucks travelling behind the lead vehicle.

More info here.


The The Cyber-Physical Systems Week (CPSWEEK 2010), to be held in Stockholm, Sweden, on April 12-16, 2010, brings together five leading conferences in the areas of hybrid control systems, sensor networks, embedded systems, and real-time systems, well as workshops and top-class tutorials in the respective areas:

* HSCC –  13th International Conference on Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control

* ICCPS – 1st International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems

* IPSN – 8th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks

* LCTES – 2nd ACM SIGPLAN/SIGBED Conference on Languages, Compilers, and Tools for Embedded Systems

* RTAS – 16th IEEE Real-Time and Embedded Technology and Applications Symposium

The CPSWEEK conferences invite submissions for each individual conference. Refer to each conference web site for submission details.

Important dates:

HSCC: October 3, 2009 (past)
ICCPS: December 18, 2009
IPSN: October 23, 2009 (past)
LCTES: October 3, 2009 (past)
RTAS: October 5, 2009 (past)

Beta Release of WINTeR

The Wireless Industrial Sensor Network Testbed for Radio-Harsh Environments (WINTeR) is now available to the research community.

WINTeR is an experimental, web accessible, research facility that supports the development and evaluation of wireless sensor networks for industrial applications. It enables teams to test the performance and integrity of wireless sensor network solutions via a web interface. Once connected, you can run tests with 32 wireless devices, create customized scenarios while maintaining full control of data, attenuation, power supplies, interference, and noise.

Tests can be scheduled to run at a specific time and online graphing of the selected data can be generated in real-time.

More info here

New Book on RFID and Sensor Networks

RFID_SNCRC Press just released a new book entitled: RFID and Sensor Networks: Architectures, Protocols, Security, and Integrations. Editor(s): Yan Zhang –Simula Research Laboratory, Lysaker, Norway–,  Laurence T. Yang –St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish NS, Canada–, Jiming Chen –Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China–.

This is the newest release as part of the series: Wireless Networks and Mobile Communications. Current price is ~80.00 USD.

More info available here.

Waspmote release day: November 23rd

The new wireless sensor platform Waspmote already has an official release day: November 23rd. The Developer Kit will contain 5 Waspmotes + 1 Waspmote Gateway to collect data to the PC. According to Libelium’s philosophy, you will be able to customize the kit choosing the frequency (2.4GHz, 868MHz, 900MHz) and power (low, high) of the 802.15.4/ZigBee radio and some other optional modules such as the GPS and GPRS.

There will be also released three Sensor Boards which have been designed following the community preferences and needs shown in the Sensor Survey.
Preliminary info is available on demand.

Participatory Sensing – Interview with Deborah Estrin