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Archive for October, 2012

WIRED on coffee, sunspots and mbed controllers

The Brewery venue in East London last night played host to the science, culture and technology event of the year: WIRED 2012. And pumping at the heart of the inspirational Test Lab showcase was… our Connected Coffee Machine demo.

We wanted people to be able to play with real world objects and environments being sensed and actuated, and build a Web of Things™ application within seconds with a simple drag and drop workflow interface. Plus use the EVRYTHNG software Engine to give digital identities to physical things and even make coffee with it’s own social life online!

People seemed really into it and fascinated by the idea of activating sensors by increasing the temperature (with a portable hair dryer 😉 or light exposure, combined with thresholds like the volume of #wired2012 hashtag tweets, to trigger real-world actions like making a cup of coffee.

They also had fun ‘checking in’ to one of our QR/NFC-enabled packs of coffee, using their smartphone and Twitter ID, as part of the workflow, which meant that the coffee machine would not only serve them an early evening caffeine hit, but also take a photo of their specific cup of coffee and tweet it instantly.

For those of you who speak fluent geek, here’s our CTO’s tech lowdown:

In this demo we connected:

  • A bunch of SunSPOTs, which are wireless sensors communicating over IEEE 802.15.4 with an Internet gateway that monitored temperature, vibration and changes in light levels.
  • A “hacked” coffee machine connected and actuated by an ARM mbed embedded computer.
  • A webcam pushing pictures on demand to our platform.
  • Packs of coffee packaged with unique QR codes and NFC tags that can be read by most Smartphones.

The key point of the demo is that all these objects are connected to the EVRYTHNG engine through our RESTful API and that they can either push or retrieve short JSON messages.

More info here.

Libelium releases Waspmote Plug & Sense!

Libelium lanunches today Waspmote Plug & Sense!™, a new line of Libelium encapsulated wireless sensor devices allowing system integrators to implement scalable, modular wireless sensor networks and reduce installation time from days to hours. Each Waspmote Plug & Sense! node is equipped with six connectors to which sensor probes can be attached directly, allowing services to be scalable and sustainable. The new platform may be solar powered to allow energy harvesting and years of autonomy.

Read more here.

An update of the Internet of Things Comic Book

Mirko Presser: “Launching the Internet of Things Comic Book in autumn 2011 was a bit hectic. And, we have not learnt our lesson. This second version, the special edition of the comic book was pretty much thought up two weeks after the launch of the comic book. It had such a fantastic reception from all sorts of directions that we could not resist thinking of a special edition.
Thank you very much for reading, sharing and talking about the comic book and the internet of things.
Now thinking up and thinking out the comic book are two different stories. Getting the content made, converting your ideas to something that works and then actually doing it always takes more time than you originally thought. But before I whine too much, we managed it, again.
And a big thank you goes to all the contributors, the production team, the interviewees and interviewer as well as all the readers that left comments on the web. So what is new? We added 3 more interviews, 5 more  illustrations from 3 new Internet of Things projects (IoTA, OUTSMART and SmartSantander), each has several new concepts attached – digging into the Internet of Things a little deeper. We updated the QR codes with new material from the web and we added some more information about several flagship European initiatives as well as Neelie Kroes, Commissioner for Digital Agenda, and Megan Richards also from the commission have gotten their own spotlight. Apart from that we made a major upgrade from the penny comic book paper to the premium glossy style of the special editions.
And we also give you now a clear message using the creative commons on how to use and share the Internet of Things Comic Book. I hope you will enjoy this version as much, if not more, as the last one. If you are a newcomer, all of the original comic book’s content is included here. And please keep it up – read, share, post to spread the message of the internet of things.
More info here.

BuildSys 2012 – call for participation

4th ACM Workshop on Embedded Systems for Energy-Efficiency in Buildings

Toronto, Canada, November 6, 2012 | co-located with ACM SenSys 2012

BuildSys 2012 has received a record number of paper and demo submissions from numerous green building disciplines.  This has resulted in a very strong technical, action packed program.  We encourage you to view the technical program and join us by registering for this very exciting event.

BuildSys 2012 Tentative Program

List of accepted papers


List of accepted demos

Registration Information

Hotel and venue information
General Chair
* George J. Pappas, University of Pennsylvania, USA

TPC Chairs
* Mani Srivastava, UCLA, USA
* Mario Berges, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Demo Chair
* Yuvraj Agarwal, UC San Diego, USA

Publication Chair
* Rasit Eskicioglu, University of Manitoba, Canada

Publicity Chair
* Mário Alves, Politécnico do Porto, Portugal

1st International Symposium on Wireless Sensor Networks for Developing Countries (WSN4DC ’13)

The WSN4DC symposium aims to bring together a wide spectrum of international experts to facilitate a creative environment for the promotion of collaboration and knowledge transfer under the domain of WSN usage for Developing Countries (DC). In particular it will facilitate a dialogue between major industry players, entrepreneurs and academia to help create a roadmap for the development of tangible research environment in the developing countries. It is an international forum for researchers to exchange information regarding novel aspects of technology, application and service development within the WSN domain.

The symposium program will consist of keynote speakers from both industry and academia and panel discussion. There will be opportunities to attend interactive, high quality, peer reviewed sessions which will provide detailed insights from forward thinkers working in the themes of the conference. Additionally, there will be an exhibition for both international and niche market to display their latest products and services and to undertake a range of networking opportunities.

The proceedings of WSN4DC ’13 symposium will be published by Springer (TBD). Additionally, the extended version of selected papers will be published as especial issue in reputed indexed journals (TBD).


Authors are solicited to submit complete unpublished papers in the following, but not limited to, topic areas:

– WSN Applications/Services for Developing Countries
– Mobile WSN.
– Underwater WSN
– Body Area Networks
– Energy Harvesing in WSN
– WSN and Cloud Integration
– WSN and IoT
– QoS and QoI
– WSN MAC, Network and Transport protocols.
– Cross layer approaches
– Security aspects in WSN
– WSN applications in Smart Grid and Energy Management
– WSN in Structural Health Monitoring

More info here.

CFP – Sensor Networks for Intelligence Gathering and Monitoring

The Third International Workshop on Sensor Networks for Intelligence Gathering and Monitoring (SNIGM 2013) in conjunction with ANT 2013.

June 25-28, 2013
Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA


The availability of a large variety of sensor devices, allows wireless sensor networks to be exploited in different fields using different approaches. Applications that rely on continuous, 24×7 monitoring are critical in the application areas such as the following:

* Healthcare
* Emergency Response
* Security
* Energy
* Umanned Vehicles
* Homeland security
* Public safety
* Military

One major challenge faced in these applications is the interaction between the monitoring system and the human subjects who are part of the system itself.
The goal of this workshop is to provide a forum to share and discuss among researchers the different applications and approaches for continuous, 24x7monitoring using wireless sensor networks. We are soliciting papers describing original research on both theoretical and
practical aspects of sensor networks for continuous monitoring. We particularly welcome submissions that present design, implementation and deployment results that take into account the effort to run the systems with low or minimum energy consumption.


Papers should contain original work and not be published or currently submitted for review elsewhere. Manuscripts are limited to 6 pages.
Paper submission will be performed using EasyChair. Please see the Paper Kit section on the ANT 2013 conference website for more details.

All papers accepted for workshops will be included in the ANT-2013 proceedings, which will be published online by Elsevier Science in the open-access Procedia Computer Science series. Procedia Computer Sciences is hosted on and on Elsevier content platform ScienceDirect , and will be freely available worldwide. All papers in Procedia will also be indexed by Scopus and Engineering Village (Ei). This includes EI Compendex. All accepted papers will also be indexed in DBLP.

The authors must follow Elsevier guidelines as given in ANT-2013 Website. At least one author of each accepted paper is required to
register and attend the conference to present the work. Selected outstanding papers presented at the workshops will, after further revision, be considered for publication in journals special issues.


Submission Deadline: *December 16, 2012*
Author Notification: January 18, 2013
Final Manuscript Due: February 8, 2013

More info here.


CFP: Sensors & their Applications

The S&A series of conferences provides an excellent opportunity to bring together scientists and engineers from academia, research institutes and industrial establishments to present and discuss the latest results in the field of sensors, instrumentation and measurement.

The seventeenth in the series of conferences on Sensors & their Applications (S&A XVII), Organised by the IOP Instrument Science and Technology Group, will be hosted outside of the UK and Ireland for the first time in Dubrovnik, Croatia in September 2013. This popular event follows previous conferences in the series that began in Manchester in 1983 and included the first of the highly successful Eurosensors conference at Cambridge in 1987 and at Southampton in 1998.

Conference Themes

• Optical sensors
• Chemical and gas sensors
• Sensors in biology and medicine
• Advances in sensing materials
• Nanotechnology for sensors and actuators
• Smart sensors and interface electronics
• MEMS and silicon fabrication techniques
• Imaging; Integrated actuators
• Thick and thin film sensors
• Sensor modelling
• Sensor packaging and assemblies


Applications Areas
• Environmental sensing
• Medical/healthcare
• Robotic and remote sensing
• Tomography
• Domestic electronics and smart homes
• Crime prevention
• Automotive and aerospace
• Leisure industry and toys
• Food and agriculture
• Marine
• Energy and Power
• Humanitarian demining
• Sensor networks and pervasive sensing

More info here.

Raspberry Pi to Arduino shields connection bridge

The idea behind the Raspberry Pi to Arduino shields connection bridge is to allow to use any of the shields, boards and modules designed for Arduino in Raspberry Pi. It includes also the possibility of connecting digital and analog sensors, using the same pinout of Arduino but with the power and capabilities of Raspberry.

In order to make complete the compatibility we have created the arduPi library which allows to use Raspberry with the same code used in Arduino. To do so, we have implemented conversion functions so that you can control in the same way as in Arduino all the I/O interfaces: i2C, SPI, UART, analog, digital, in Raspberry Pi.

Let’s summarize what we can do using this shield along with the arduPi library:

  • Connect any Arduino Wireless module in Raspberry. Some examples: XBee 802.15.4/XBee ZigBee, RFID, NFC, Bluetooth, Bluetooth Pro, Wifi, GPRS, 3G
  • Connect any sensor (analog 0-5V, digital) to Raspberry Pi with a precession of 16b using the ADC integrated. Connect also complex sensors through i2C and UART buses
  • Connect any Arduino specific shield such as: Radiation sensor shield, CanBus, Relay shield,…
  • Connect any electronic module or actuator which works over i2C, SPI, UART

All the information can be found in this tutorial: Raspberry Pi to Arduino shields connection bridge