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Archive for June, 2015

MotorMood for socially aware driving

ab43feece71365df937ed12b2192eaff_originalHere is cool idea: use a light-up smiley face that affixes to a vehicle’s rear window to communicate simple yet important messages to other drivers, like saying ‘thank you’.

Now you can take that and other socially clever practices into your daily driving. Simply join the pledge at this kick-starter project, dubbed MotorMood, and voila! …start spreading smiley face in your community.

A detailed article from entrepreneur.com can be found here.

Sewio goes UWB

Sewio known as a producer of Open Sniffers for IoT devices in recent months released a new product portfolio with focus on location and tracking based applications. Sewio takes advantage of mature development state in wireless ranging technologies and build up new products based on Ultra Wide Band technology. Sewio brings Real Time Location Systems (RTLS) enabling high precision and integrability together with real-time visibility thanks to the complex web tracking applications. The key benefits of Sewio RTLS solution is also easy commissioning, scalability and further also hardware and software customization regarding the customer requirements. For customers willing to evaluate and test the RTLS solution beforehand Sewio offers fancy RTLS Kit, which allows to track five objects in areas up to 5000 m2 (http://www.sewio.net/rtls-kit-product-page-2/)

On of the key application, where the Sewio product brings added value is mining safety. Their Proximity Detection System (PDS) features high-tech technology for monitoring presence of workers in proximity of machine. This PDS system consisting of set of UWB devices allows to stop the machine and alert the responsible person about the danger zone violation, see http://www.sewio.net/proximity-detection-system-product-page/

Furthermore, the same system might be applied for tracking the laborer in the mine. The UWB systems also find customers in automotive, logistics, energy and chemical industries.

More info here.

EWSN 2016

The  International Conference on Embedded Wireless Systems and Networks (EWSN) is a highly selective single-track international conference focussing on premier research results at the intersection of embedded systems and wireless networking  – an area of highest relevance for visionary technologies such as the Internet of Things or Cyber-Physical Systems and application domains such as Smart Production, Smart Cities, or Connected Cars.

The featured topic of the 2016 edition of EWSN is “Dependability” and we specifically welcome contributions that aim at making networked embedded systems more reliable, predictable, safe, and secure in order to enable critical applications that require guaranteed performance.

EWSN 2016 will also host a competition on dependability as well as workshops in emerging areas, one of these workshops will focus on novel embedded communication paradigms.

EWSN has been established in 2004 as the European Conference on Wireless Sensor Networks and has been held since then in European cities. For the 2016 edition, the scope still includes Wireless Sensor Networks, but has been broadened to all topics at the intersection of embedded systems and wireless networks.

More information available here

Weightless-N Open Standard IoT network goes live across London

The Weightless SIG today announced the deployment of a Weightless-N Smart City network in the heart of the UKs capital. The network, operating on Nwave technology, has been deployed in conjunction with the Digital Catapult national centre to rapidly advance the UK’s best digital ideas, which is making available the infrastructure on which Weightless base stations are deployed.

Operating in sub-1GHz, licence-exempt ISM spectrum using ultra narrow band (UNB) technology, Weightless-N offers best-in-class signal propagation characteristics, leading to excellent range of several kilometres, even in challenging urban environments such as the city of London. Very low power consumption provides end points with exceptionally long battery life measured in years from small conventional cells, and leading edge innovation in design minimises both terminal hardware and network costs.

London is one of the worlds largest cities, the largest municipality in Europe with over 21 million people in a metropolitan area covering over 8000 square kilometres. Siting of base stations to support an efficient, low cost city-wide network is an important part of the deployment planning process.

We are delighted to be able to provide a platform to showcase Weightless-N technology, a key enabler for Smart City projects not just across the capital but around the world, said Peter Karney, Head of Engineering, Digital Catapult. We are looking forward to opening this up to our network to enable them to continue to showcase the UKs innovation in this area; we will be leading an open call in the near future allowing these innovators to register their interest in the project.

Network modeling predicts coverage encompassing well known London landmarks including Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and the Tower of London to the south and the Emirates Stadium to the north. Independent real world signal verification will shortly be carried out to provide an accurate coverage map and this will be published on the Weightless website when complete.

Yury Birchenko, CEO of Nwave Technologies, described the network as “a groundbreaking milestone – the first public network deployment from Nwave since the publication of the Weightless-N open standard”.

Weightless-N is designed around a differential binary phase shift keying (DBPSK) digital modulation scheme to transmit within narrow frequency bands using a frequency hopping algorithm for interference mitigation and enhanced security. It provides for encryption and implicit authentication using a shared secret key regime to encode transmitted information via a 128 bit AES algorithm. The technology supports mobility with the network automatically routing terminal messages to the correct destination. Multiple networks, typically operated by different companies, are enabled and can be co-located. Each base station queries a central database to determine which network the terminal is registered to in order to decode and route data accordingly.

More info here.