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Archive for April, 2010

China to accelerate development of Internet of Things

From “Smart Earth” to “Reading China”, the Internet of Things has become a globally eye-catching key word in 2009. It was ranked one of the two important tools for revitalizing the economy by the US, defined as the basic strategy to make the Europe the leader of the world by EU and introduced as a part of the strategical plan of emerging industries by China.

In such a field of Internet of Things that is of strategically significance, China has by now ranked ahead of the world. No matter in terms of policies, technologies or the industrial chain, China’s development of the Internet of Things is provided with an outstanding advantage and has hard-won development opportunities.

Although the Internet of Things is an emerging expression, it is not too high to reach. From the concept was put forward till now, in such a short period of only over a year, China has developed successful applications.

In 2009, 20 important water quality monitoring spots at the area of Tai Hu Lake in Jiangsu province were fully installed with “global eyes”, which can monitor any quality change of Tai Hu water throughout the entire 24 hours of a day and transfer the information to the monitoring platform for environment protection in Jiangsu province at real time, improving the capability and level of monitoring the quality of Tai Hu water.

More info here.

Two PhD positions: WSN and the Internet of Things

The research group of Prof. Kay Roemer at the Institute for Computer Engineering of University of Luebeck, Germany, is looking for two highly qualified and motivated PhD students to conduct research in Wireless Sensor Networks and the Internet of Things.

The candidates are expected to pursue their PhD in the context of two European research projects. The projects are devoted to  Wireless Sensor Networks and the Internet of Things. Position A is concerned with novel programming paradigms for such systems, while position B is concerned with novel services and semantics for such systems.


Shimmer platform at TEDMED

From Shimmer’s Blog

Eric Dishman (Chief Strategist and Global Director of Product Research, Innovation and Policy for Intel’s Digital Health Group) gave a talk at TEDMED 2009 titled ‘Take Health Care off the Mainframe’. He highlights the importance of behavioural markers in the early diagnosis of a medical issues for the elderly, and talks about how Intel have been utilising Shimmer in areas including fall prevention, tremor analysis to check for trends in motor deficiencies, gait analysis, and stride length.

Objects Aren't Social

A new web service called tales of things just launched, which aims to attach stories to objects. It follows on from a similar service that got a good amount of press at SXSW this year, StickyBits. Both services want to get people to ‘tag’ real world objects, by sticking barcodes onto them and adding information about the object onto the Web (often via mobile phone). The idea is that this will make the objects ‘social.’

The complete article from is available here.

Outdoor and Indoor Location of Sensor Devices using GSM Cells and GPS

There are two main ways of performing outdoor location when tracking sensor devices in a large area such as a city. The most extended is using a GPS module to get the information sent by the satellites on the 1575MHz band and extract all the information possible (latitude, longitude, speed, direction). However, this methodology is not effective when requiring mobile scenarios where the nodes can change from a clear environment to an indoor one, such as going inside buildings, garages and tunnels. For this cases we use the information provided by the Mobile Phone Cells (Cell ID, RSSI, TA) which is captured by the GPRS module.

Read the complete article by Libelium.

Tim O'Reilly Explains the Internet of Things

Last week industry thought leader Tim O’Reilly, the man widely credited with popularizing the term Web 2.0, gave an opening keynote talk about the Internet of Things at his organization’s MYSQL conference. Some readers here might assume that a MYSQL talk is too technical for them, but this was a speech that anyone could appreciate. The link leads to two videos. The first is a great 5 minute explanation of the Internet of Things from IBM. The next is O’Reilly’s 36 minute keynote. We highly recommend you check both out for a great picture of where the future is headed.

Check the videos here.

Zolertia's Z1 Low-Power Wireless Sensor Module

With the Z1 low-power wireless module, Zolertia launches the first public release of its WSN mote, its flagship product. The Z1 module is a general purpose development platform for wireless sensor networks (WSN) designed for researchers, developers, enthusiasts and hobbyists.

It is a platform compatible with the successful Tmote™-family motes with several enhancements that offers roughly a 2x performance in several aspects. Equipped with two on board digital sensors (accelerometer and temperature), it comes with everything a developer needs to start building smart networks from scratch.

You can connect your applications directly to the Internet of Things (IoT) with IPv6. The Z1 module was devised keeping in mind:

• Backwards compatibility with motes based on MSP430+CC2420 as well as support for some of the most currently employed open source O.S.’s/stacks by the WSN community, like TinyOS 2.1 (current) or Contiki (soon).

• Maximum flexibility and expandability while improving low power consumption with most versatile and low power sensors and uC.

Features Summary:

• 16-bit Ultra-Low-Power MCU (MSP430F2617)  ||  92KB flash, 8KB RAM

• Widely adopted 2.4 GHz RF Transceiver (CC2420)  ||  IEEE 802.15.4 & 6LowPAN ready

• 3-Axis Digital Accelerometer || Configurable to ±2/4/8/16 g, events interrupts

• Low Power Digital Temp. Sensor  ||  ±0.5°C accuracy

• Serial Flash Memory for Storage  ||  16Mbit, 100k cycles

• Multiple Power Options  ||  USB powered, 2xAA/AAA, coin cell

• 54-pin Expansion Connector  ||  ADCs, DACs, SPI, I2C, UARTs, interrupts, USB

• 2 Antenna Options  ||  Embedded ceramic or U.FL external adapter

• Expandable with up to 4 Phidgets™  ||  2x3V + 2x5V Phidgets™


• Immersing your device in the IoT

• Personal healthcare monitoring

• Environmental monitoring

• Emergency detectors

• Safe and rescue devices

• Long-term unattended monitoring

• Power consumption monitoring

• Agricultural monitoring

• Plus any other you can think of…

Further Information

General info about the Z1:

Buying Z1’s:

Community & Documentation: