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Archive for August, 2010

Monnit Introduces Web Enabled Temperature Sensors with Text and Email Notification.

Monnit Corporation introduces a low cost wireless temperature sensor along with nine other types of wireless sensors. The sensors currently use a USB receiver at the computer level to transmit all of the sensor data to your choice of either the MonnitSphere Online Monitoring Service or the MonnitSphere Local PC computer application. The sensor data is then checked against user defined thresholds to determine if a notification should be sent to the user via email or SMS text message.

  • The sensors operate at 900MHz (25 Channels) and provide a reliable operating range of approximately 1000 feet depending on the environment.
  • Powered by a Lithium Ion 3V battery the sensors have a lifespan of approximately 4 years when set to a heartbeat of 2 hours. (The sensors hold user defined threshold values and can be set to check against those value as often as desired, and will bypass heartbeat settings to communicate if and when thresholds have been met or exceeded.)
  • The sensors have a small footprint (1 in. by 1 in.) and are ideal for embedded applications.
  • The wireless temperature sensor is accurate to +/- 0.5°C (1°F) with an operating range of -40°C to +125°C.

Monnit Corporation provides both OEM and finished products along with the software for customizing the sensor parameters and storing the sensor data. Typical deployments include Hotel Management, Building Operations, Facilities Maintenance, HVAC Monitoring, Food Services and Property Management.

More info here.

Second International Conference on CPS

The IEEE/ACM Second International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems (ICCPS) will be held in conjunction with CPS Week, on April 11-14, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The conference is sponsored by the IEEE Technical Committee on Real-Time Systems (TCRTS) ACM Special Interest Group on Embedded Systems (SIGBED).

Cyber-physical systems are systems with a tight coupling of the cyber aspects of computing and communications with the physical aspects of dynamics and engineering that must abide by the laws of physics.  The objective of this conference is to be a primary forum for reporting state-of-the-art advances and innovations in theoretical principles, tools, applications, systems infrastructure, and testbeds for cyber-physical systems.

Contributions should emphasize the cross-cutting, system-wide themes. Sectors of applicability include, but not be limited to, transportation  (automotive, aerospace, marine, rail), SCADA systems (electricity generation including smart grids and the like, other utilities), smart physical infrastructure (smart bridges, buildings and highways), energy efficiency (energy-aware buildings), environmental monitoring, defense systems, intelligent medical devices, tele-operations and robotics.

Submissions must be a maximum of 10 pages, in 2-column format, and use font sizes of no less than 10 pt.  Instructions for submission can be found at the conference site.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to) the following:
– Theoretical foundations of CPS
– Modeling, Analysis and Synthesis Techniques
– Architectures for Cyber-Physical Systems
– Building blocks for Cyber-Physical Systems
– Systems Abstractions, Services and OS Support
– Evaluation approaches and metrics
– Novel CPS applications
– Detailed Case Studies

Important Dates:

Submission Deadline:        November 7, 2010
Acceptance Decisions:       January 5, 2010
Final Manuscript:           January 28, 2011

REALWSN 2010: Call for Posters and Demos

The Fourth Workshop on Real-World Wireless Sensor Networks will be held on 16-17 December, 2010 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Authors are invited to submit poster and demo abstracts (4 pages, Springer format, 9 or 10 point font size).  Accepted abstracts will be included in the proceedings published by Springer in Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS).

Posters should demonstrate early work in areas of interest similar to those listed in the technical call for papers. Good posters describe exciting ideas for which some preliminary results are available.

Demonstrations should showcase innovative research and applications related to the technical calls for papers.  The initial submission should include an appendix describing as detailed as possible what you intend to show. The appendix should be removed for the final submissions.

Important dates:

* Electronic submissions due: September 16, 2010
* Notification of acceptance: September 26, 2010
* Camera-ready copy due: October 8, 2010
* Workshop: 16-17 December, 2010

More info will be available here.

Top 10 YouTube Videos About Internet of Things

From ReadWriteWeb:

The Internet of Things is what happens when you take everyday ordinary objects and put Internet-connected microchips inside them. These microchips help you not only keep track of your belongings, but many of these devices sense their surroundings and report it to other machines as well as to you when you most need it.

From RFID to the Nabaztag Bunny to Arduino hobbyists, innovation is growing at a rapid rate. Our collection features popular videos about how to make your own objects, as well as overviews, interviews and lectures. The intent of these devices is to make our lives easier, yet as David Orban suggests in the eighth video, this is not guaranteed. Issues of data-overload and a lack of privacy may interfere with how these devices ultimately help us. As the growth of this trend continues you’ll be seeing many more videos about the Internet of Things.

More info here.

Sensys 2010 DC

In a previous post we referred to the ACM SenSys 2010 Doctoral Colloquium (DC), whose deadline for submission is on August 30, 2010. The DC will be held on November 2, 2010 at ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

NEWS: Details on registration fees

Accepted participants of the doctoral colloquium must register for Sensys (if applicable at the student rate), no additional fee will be charged for the participation in the doctoral colloquium. Participants can also apply for Sensys travel grants.

Accepted participants of the doctoral colloquium in difficult financial situations who would otherwise not be able to attend, have the option of registering only for the doctoral colloquium at a rate of 120 USD. This does not cover participation in the main conference. We require a letter from the advisor of the student explaining the difficult financial situation.


Submission deadline: August 30, 2010
Notification:        September 20, 2010
Camera-ready copy:   October 18, 2010
Colloquium:          November 2, 2010


Kay Roemer, University of Luebeck and ETH Zurich

Tarek Abdelzaher, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Pedro Marron, University of Duisburg-Essen
Gian Pietro Picco, University of Trento
Cormac Sreenan, University College Cork
Andreas Terzis, Johns Hopkins University
Eduardo Tovar, Polytechnic Institute of Porto
Thiemo Voigt, Swedish Institute of Computer Science

Postdoc position in Radio Tomography

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Sensing and Processing Across Networks (SPAN) Lab at the University of Utah invites applications for an open postdoctoral fellow position for research in radio tomography, a research area at the intersection of statistical signal processing, radio wave propagation, and wireless networking.

The SPAN lab, led by Prof. Neal Patwari, has significant expertise in radio channel signal processing for location estimation in wireless networks, including the 2008 ACM MobiCom Best Student Research Demo Award, a 2009 IEEE Signal Processing Magazine Best Paper Award, and significant popular press, including articles in MIT Technology Review, ScienceNOW, Wired, Discover, Der Speigel, and The Economist.

This postdoctoral position would expand the state-of-the-art in the capability of wireless networks to perform localization, for both emergency situations, and for everyday logistics applications.

More info here.

Researchers use sensors to find the perfect surfboard

Surfing and science are something of an odd mix, but we’ve seen time and time again that the two subjects to together like, well, salt and water. The latest high-tech stick to hit that briney mix comes from a team at UC San Diego, who outfitted a board with eight sensors on the bottom that measure the speed of the water as it rushes beneath. All are controlled by a waterpoofed computer embedded in the nose, which transmits data wirelessly to an Eee PC left sadly on the beach while its partner splashes around in the waves. The goal is to attempt to determine what level of flex is optimal and, once determined, to create the ultimate board and rule the world… the surfing world, at least.

More info here.

3 Sensor Data Platforms to Watch

One of the emerging trends of 2010 has been the Internet of Things, a term for when real-world objects get connected to the Internet. One of the key aspects of this trend is the data explosion that will occur when millions of objects send data to the cloud – mostly via very small sensors. Just as the ‘web 2.0’ era led to platforms for user-generated and ‘social’ content (think Facebook, Twitter, Google’s OpenSocial), the Internet of Things era will lead to platforms for sensor data.

It’s still very early in this era and the platforms we’ll profile here are at this point more about experimentation than commercialization.

More info here.

PhD Positions : Qualifying Music Performance using embedded Sensor Networks

The three years PhD project comprises three main research topics such as “Sensors for accurate and real-time measurements of motion and exercise specific signals like pressure, acceleration, and wireless transmission of the signals”, “Feature extraction based on the sensor signals to qualify the learning processes and strategies” and “Analysis of learning strategies aiming e.g. at the reduction of the amount of physical exercise and therewith the prevention of physical disorders of musicians”.

If you are interested, please send your application in English on including Curriculum Vitae incl. the names and contact details of at least 2 references, a list of exams and grades obtained (e.g. the Transcript of Records), a cover letter explaining how your skills and research interests fit the project as well as, if available, the electronic version of the Master thesis.

More info here.

SLEWS: A Sensorbased Landslide Early Warning System

Active Landslide in Southern FranceDue to the progressive development of urban areas and infrastructure, more and more people settle in environments that are or become endangered by mass movements. This situation is being complicated by the fact that the dependency of our society on a functioning infrastructure and number of human or objects in endangered areas increases at the same time. Early warning and alarm systems are an efficient tool to face landslide hazard and reduce the risk landslides, especially where no other mitigation strategies are suitable. Currently existing monitoring systems for early warning are available in terms of monolithic systems. This is a very cost-intensive way considering installation as well as operational and personal expenses. This displays the demand for modern cost-efficient technologies to upgrade existing and to develop new systems.

The main purpose of the SLEWS project is the development of a prototypic real-time landslide monitoring and early warning system for an efficient landslide hazard management. In this context especially the enhancement of data quality to improve recognition and analysis of hazardous situations and reduction of false alarm rates are of special interest. The whole information chain from data gathering, validation and interpretation to data retrieval, visualization and user specific warning is subject of the research project. The project focuses on innovative web technologies using standards according to the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) sensor web enablement (OGC SWE) and cost efficient but reliable micro sensors (MEMS) from the automotive industry. The integration of heterogeneous data and information from various providers may be established by an open platform strategy using the web service technology. The Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) integrates modern sensor technologies, data gathering, storage and retrieval as well as services for data validation, processing and alarm generation.

More Info here.