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Self-powered Contiki Power Sensor Wins IPSO 2013 Challenge

30Need to know how much power that flows through a specific power cord, and see the information directly on your smartphone? That’s exactly what the Contiki-based winner of the IPSO 2013 challenge does. Just clip on the sensor on cord and see the data from anywhere in the world – the sensor sends the measurements wirelessly and securely across the Internet. Best of all: no batteries need to be replaced, ever, as the sensor is completely self-powered.

The wireless power sensor, developed by Redwire Consulting, Boston, MA, won the IPSO 2013 Challenge last week. Aside the fame and recognition, winning the competition also included a $10000 USD check.

The sensor that is clipped-on to an power cord measures the current flowing through the wire and sends the data wirelessly to a cloud server, hosted at By using Contiki and its IPv6 stack, the sensor can send its readings directly to the cloud, without having any protocol translator boxes involved.

IPSO 2013 Challenge chairman Nick Ashworth said “The innovation, simplicity and end-to-end utilization of IP technology made this entry stand out to the judges.”

The Redwire system was not the only Contiki-based system to compete in the IPSO 2013 challenge. The full list of entries can be found here.

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The IPSO IoT Innovation Contest

The IPSO Alliance is announcing the Internet of Things 2013 Innovation Contest that invites people and companies from around the world to submit new Internet Protocol enabled Smart Objects that demonstrate the power of the Internet of Things. The goal of this contest is to bring forth exciting new concepts and devices that use the Internet Protocol in interconnecting embedded sensor and control solutions in areas of home control, smart building, healthcare, lighting control, smart energy, or consumer entertainment.

“The IPSO Alliance is committed to showing the benefits of using the Internet Protocol in the design and development of M2M and IoT projects and solutions.  This contest will help demonstrate just how powerful IP Smart Objects can be and how, by shedding proprietary protocols, we can advance the developments that let us connect the Internet with our physical world”, said Geoff Mulligan, IPSO Chairman.

The entries will be judged by a panel of experts and the top designs will be brought to and demonstrated at Sensors Expo June 4-6 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL.  The finalists will receive the opportunity to meet with the judges and present their device to the attendees of the show.  The winning submission will receive a $10,000 prize.

Details and rules of the contest will be published on the IPSO Alliance website at the beginning of February.

Wireless sensor network proven in action by EISLAB

A completely IPv6-based wireless sensor network has been put to a real life test in northern Sweden for over a year. In a private home in the town of Piteå, the heating system has been successfully monitored and controlled using a 6LoWPAN-based wireless network. A service architecture has been enabled by implementation of the Constrained Application Protocol (CoAP) and EXI compression.

“The challenge has been to use IPv6 in a real life project, to adapt the CoAP protocol with EXI compression to the sensor platform (the Mulle platform), and particularly to make the different parts of the system work together”, says Jonas Gustafsson, PhD and part of the research team at EISLAB led by professor Jerker Delsing. “But after some initial ‘struggle’ it has worked out fine; during runtime we have not encountered any major problems. This project is proof that there is possible to use an IP-based system to monitor and control technical systems such as a heating system, using very resource-limited sensor platforms like the Mulle.”

The wireless heat regulation project was carried out in a private home in Piteå, 30 miles south of Luleå where EISLAB has its home base and where the monitoring was carried out.

For more than a full year, the research team in Luleå has been able to monitor and control all functions related to the hydronic heating system in this house. The district-heating substation was controlled using a close loop control, and the wireless network was able to create a pleasant indoor climate by controlling valves and a circulation pump with adjustable r.p.m. Control computations have been made within the wireless network. In addition to the district-heating substation, also power sockets have been monitored through the wireless network. Control computations have been made within the wireless network.

Proof of concept clears the way for new projects
Jonas Gustafsson says the success with wireless monitoring and control of the house in Piteå constitutes proof of concept, and that this means it is time to move into new projects, even in an industrial environment.

“Now we have proof that monitoring and control of real life systems can be done with wireless sensor networks using technologies such as 6LowPAN, CoAP and EXI, and we are ready to move on to industrial projects. As an example we are talking to LKAB about monitoring of lubrication systems with the same type of sensor network and protocols”, says Jonas Gustafsson.

When moving on to industrial systems, one additional issue is that security aspects will have to be carefully addressed.

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Google Joins IPSO Alliance, Along with Electronics-Maker Fujitsu

Technology leader Google has joined the IPSO Alliance, a group of technology companies with the common goal of promoting the Internet Protocol for smart object communications, allowing items ranging from appliances to factories to cars to “communicate” as individuals do over the Internet.

In addition to Google, top IT and technology manufacturing company Fujitsu has joined IPSO, alongside specialty electronics companies Elster Electric, Echelon Corp. and Augusta Systems.

The IPSO alliance now boasts 53 member companies, including BoschCiscoEricssonIntelSAPSun Microsystems andTexas Instruments.

“Google’s participation in IPSO is a result of its expectation that many devices will become part of the Internet environment,” saidVint Cerf, Google’s Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist. “The IPv4 and IPv6 Internet protocols are well established and used for this purpose. Google’s PowerMeter application makes use of this idea to help Smart Grid users capture and analyze their energy usage information.”

The Google PowerMeter is a free online tool that allows users to view their homes’ energy usage. In coordination with their energy partners, including TXU Energy and San Diego Gas and Electric, Google is now able to bring real-time energy use information to the consumer, enabling individuals to lower their utility costs and prevent waste.

“The addition of Google, and its PowerMeter service, to the Alliance really completes the Smart Grid circle within IPSO,” explained Geoff Mulligan, Chairman of the IPSO Alliance. “Now, not only will consumers be able to use the products and services of IPSO Alliance member companies to connect their home to the grid, they also will be able to monitor how those appliances, and their entire home, are consuming energy.”

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The IPSO Alliance Debuts New Technology

The IPSO Alliance wrapped up a full week of successful IP-related events including a two-day interoperability test, public member product demonstration, and informative member meeting.  “This has been a great week for the IPSO Alliance.  We’ve shown the viability of using IP to bring together embedded networking across all industries,” said Geoff Mulligan, Chairman of the Alliance.

The week began with 11 companies participating in the multi-vendor IP Smart Object interoperability event, which tested implementations of 6LoWPAN, IPv6, and COAP.  IPSO member companies Bosch, Convergence Wireless, Dust Networks, NXP Semiconductor, Proto6, Sensinode, Symphony Networks, Ubilogix and Watteco were key contributors of “unplug-fest.”

Preceding the demonstrations, three industry luminaries provided keynotes: Stuart Sikes, President of Parks Associates; Bo Begole, Principal Scientist of PARC, a Xerox company; and Whitfield Diffie, renowned Public Key Cryptographer. IPSO members Convergence Wireless, Dust Networks, Ember, GreenWave Reality, National Instruments, Nivis, NXP Semiconductors, Proto6, Sensinode, and Synapse Wireless displayed products incorporating IP in Smart Energy, commercial building, and industrial technologies.  “IP-based wireless sensor networking standards such as 6LoWPAN will play an important role in unifying sensor networking applications across a variety of wired and wireless networks,” said Joy Weiss, President and CEO of Dust Networks, which demonstrated their SmartMesh IP.

NXP Semiconductors Product Marketing Manager, Colin Faulkner, noted, “The continued evolution of JenNet-IP [for] applications such as home lighting and load control is essential to the widespread adoption of IP-enabled home automation systems. [Our] demonstration at the IPSO Alliance shows just how easily this technology can integrate Internet connectivity.”  Other founding members also participated: Nivis, who showed their integration-ready IP and open-standards based Smart Object platform; Proto6, who exhibited a wireless, interconnected smoke detector and thermostat; and Sensinode, who promoted the availability of the NanoService Solution.

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IPSO Alliance Starts 2011 Strong With the Addition of Five New Members

The IPSO Alliance, the organization defining the “Internet of Things,” today announced the addition of five industry-leading companies—BII Group (Beijing Internet Institute) at the Promoter level and AvaLAN Wireless Systems, Tritech, Synapse Wireless and Ubilogix as Contributors, bringing its total membership to 57 members. IPSO’s growing membership signifies the worldwide interest to employ Internet Protocol (IP) for Smart Objects, allowing items ranging from appliances to factories to cars to communicate as individuals do over the Internet.

“The dynamic of 57 companies collaborating together is energizing,” said IPSO’s Chairman, Geoff Mulligan. “As our membership continues to expand, so does our potential to deliver innovative applications based on IP. BII Group is the first organization fromChina to join the Alliance, showing a vibrant worldwide interest for the Internet of Things.”

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