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Archive for October, 2011

IOT Comic Book

Mirko Presser: “About a year ago, I started working on a – then new – European project called the Internet of Things Initiative (IoT-i) on a topic that was supposed to find strategically important IoT applications. We managed to gather about 150 application scenarios, short texts describing an IoT application in a situation. Quite diverse material and mainly from other European projects – past and present. After categorisation, combining and elimination we ended up with just fewer than 60 application scenarios that we presented to the public in a survey to find out what scenarios would be strategically important. About 300 persons, mainly from the ICT community, from over 30 different countries, took the survey. Now this is not bad – but it is staying within the ICT community. We need to branch out. We need to engage the general public, public authorities and business stakeholders that will be the contributors and end users of the Internet of Things. We need a new medium to communicate the idea of the Internet of Things, its challenges, its problems and its benefits; encouraging people to think about this new disruptive technology. There are few things better than telling a story with pictures. This “comic book” is aimed at everybody. Everybody can look at the stories that are being told and form an opinion. Use them as a basis for deep discussions or just as inspiration; agree or disagree and anything in between – but talk about it. We invite you to use the material in this book to communicate and think about the Internet of Things.”

Mirko Presser, The Alexandra Institute, Autumn 2011

You can download an electronic version of the comic book.

FedEx CIO Carter: 'Next era of Internet is sensor-based computing'

FedEx Chief Information Officer Robert Carter said the company’s big bet is that sensors and the Internet of things will dominate its mobility strategy in the future.

Speaking at the Gartner Symposium in Orlando on Wednesday, Carter covered a lot of ground ranging from service-oriented architecture, cloud computing and simplification of the rat’s nest of IT. However, mobility is what extends those systems to the point where packages are actually dropped at a customer’s house.

FedEx actually owned wireless spectrum before cell phones became the norm, all in an effort to extend connectivity to the edge of a delivery. They created their own handhelds and had 800Mhz of spectrum in the 1980s. That spectrum has since been sold with the launch of cell phones, but Carter is big on mobility.

More info here.

Video – Waspmote Gases Sensor Board

Libelium has launched a new video showing the capabilities of the Gases Sensor Board for the Waspmote platform. Some of the gas sensors which can be included in the board are Carbon Monoxide – CO, Carbon Dioxide – CO2, Oxygen – O2, Methane – CH4, Hydrogen – H2, Ammonia – NH3, Hydrogen Sulfide – H2S, Nitrogen Dioxide – NO2, Ozone – O3, Isobutane, Ethanol, Toluene, Hydrocarbons, VOC, temperature, humidity and atmospheric pressure. Values read are sent using the 802.15.4/ZigBee radio to the gateway what makes the system the perfect solution when implementing Wireless Sensor Networks to control gas levels and air quality.

More info here.

Sensinode announces the NanoService Platform

Sensinode  today announced release of the NanoService™ Platform, a highly-scalable backend management platform. The NanoService™ Platform is designed to enable the rapid deployment of challenging M2M systems by providing efficient management of nodes and their resources and allowing applications to be easily developed using well understood Web services.

Designed to support M2M networks of up to 20 million nodes and up to 100 million daily transactions per cluster, the NanoService Platform offloads the complexity of Embedded Web service deployment from service providers and system integrators. Applications in the emerging Smart Grid, the Connected Home, lighting and many other industrial/consumer segments involving wireless sensing and control are readily accommodated by the Sensinode solution architecture.

“The evolution of the Internet of Things is accelerating on multiple fronts, including  standards development, integration of IPv6 into the upcoming ZigBee Smart Energy 2.0 profile, and the global trend to leverage mobile communications infrastructure for M2M applications,” said Adam Gould, Chief Executive Officer of Sensinode. “Our goal with the NanoServices Platform is to support fast development of applications using standard Web tools, while at the same time making the details of the wireless network transparent to our customers.”

The NanoService Platform presents an environment for easy development of standard REST (Representational State Transfer) applications while utilizing standards for Embedded Web services such as CoAP (Constrained Application Protocol) and compact messaging formats including EXI (Efficient XML Exchange) for efficient transport of data.

More info here and here.


CPS Week Workshops & Tutorials

The CPS Week 2012 (Cyber-Physical Systems Week) in Beijing will include a workshop and tutorial day on April 16, 2012. Each workshop will provide an arena for presentations and discussions about a special topic of relevance to CPS Week. Each tutorial will present in-depth content in a mini-course format aimed primarily at students, researchers, or attendees from industry.

Proposals: If you are interested in organising a workshop or a tutorial at CPS Week 2012, please send a proposal (maximum 2-page PDF file) containing information about the following:

* Workshop or tutorial title,
* Abstract (maximum 200 words),
* The topic of the workshop/tutorial and how it relates to CPS Week,
* The organisers behind the workshop/tutorial including contact information, and short bio and affiliation,
* Proposed Program Committee,
* Planned review procedures,
* In the case of a workshop what the intended format will be (invited presentations, submitted presentations, panels, etc),
* Expected sponsorships (if any),
* Profile of a typical attendee (academic researcher, student or industry participant),
* A rough estimate of the number of participants,
* In case the workshop/tutorial has been previously held, provide information on the conference, date, and number of attendees.

See also:

Please send the proposal to the CPSWeek 2012 workshop and tutorial chair, Thiemo Voigt, [thiemo AT-symbol] – with subject “[CPSWEEK 2012] Workshop and Tutorial Proposal”.

Registration to workshops will be handled in connection with registration to the conference part of CPS Week. The CPS Week 2012 reserves the right to cancel non-viable workshops/tutorials.

Important Dates:

* October 30, 2011: Submission of workshop and tutorial proposals
* November 10, 2011: Notification of acceptance
* April 16, 2012: Workshop and Tutorial day

Lockheed Martin Launches Wireless Sensor Network System for Surveillance Operations

US-based security company Lockheed Martin has launched a new wireless sensor network system called the Self-Powered Ad-hoc Network (SPAN) which consists of ground sensors. The sensors are small and can be easily camouflaged according to the surroundings thus enabling continuous surveillance of the secured area.

Each sensor node of the system has a built-in subsystem to harvest energy from surrounding sources thus enabling the sensor to recharge itself. This feature makes the system very cost-effective and eliminates the need for replacing the sensors manually.

For any sensor to work efficiently and serve its purpose its battery life is very important. The sensor nodes can be positioned by using a touch screen interface. Information from the network of sensors is processed within the secured area through algorithms. The network of sensors can also give an indication to the camera or an unmanned aerial vehicle to further survey the area of concern. Since the sensors can be camouflaged easily it makes it difficult for detection and reduces the chances of being tampered with. This in turn provides consistent surveillance and protection.

Particular structures that can make use of the SPAN are bridges, pipelines, aircrafts and other environments where structures have to be monitored. Lockheed Martin has around 126,000 global employees who are focused on the design, development, manufacturing and selling of the company’s advanced technology, services and products.

More info here.

WSN in the Real World ­ A Workshop

ZigBee Alliance Fall 2011 Members Meeting – OPEN TO PUBLIC – October 28 2011 – Barcelona, Spain

This free public workshop will provide attendees the opportunity to exchange wireless sensor network (WSN) information on standards, markets and projects, with a particular focus on the European market.  Attendees will gain an understanding of European Commission research and development in this area as well as a view of local projects and deployments in Spain.

This workshop brings together researchers, developers, program managers and ZigBee subject matter experts to share information on projects, research and development, deployments and markets for wireless sensors in Europe. Sharing experiences and vision into the future on requirements and results of R&D projects related to WSN will enable participants to identify opportunities to exploit new results as well as allow researchers to understand how commercial markets drive ZigBee standard development.

The workshop is a collaborative effort by i2CAT, a research and innovation center in Barcelona, the European Commission (EC) Framework 7 R&D program and the ZigBee Alliance.

More info for registeration and Agenda here.