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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.

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WSN Technology into a Credit Card Form Factor Operating at 433 MHz

By embedding DASH7 technology into a credit card form factor, Novitaz has pioneered the world’s thinnest wireless smartcard operating in the 433.92 MHz frequency band. With the use of a thin-film battery, the card is transformed into a rich platform for customer identification and interactive commerce. The service is completely opt-in for customers and allows them to receive offers from hundreds of meters away, by merely carrying the card in their wallet as they do today. Offers are then sent to a shopper’s mobile phone within seconds of entry into the premises of participating merchants.

As a member of the DASH7 Alliance, Novitaz will integrate DASH7 technology into its products and work with the more than 50 organisations around the world to advance development of the ISO 18000-7 (DASH7) standard.

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NI Announces Availability of First DASH7 Authorized Platform

The DASH7 Alliance, a non-profit industry consortium that promotes the ISO 18000-7 standard for wireless sensor networking, just announced the DASH7 Authorised Test Equipment program, providing DASH7 device developers with a common test equipment platform for ensuring interoperability across all DASH7 devices.

The program, aimed at DASH7 hardware developers, was also endorsed today by National Instruments, who announced membership in the DASH7 Alliance and availability of its product specifically configured for DASH7 interoperability testing.

The DASH7 Authorised Test Equipment program is available to test equipment companies who join the DASH7 Alliance and demonstrate to MET Labs and DASH7 Testing and Certification Workgroup that their equipment complies with DASH7 test protocol and usability requirements.   This program is also targeted at third party test labs seeking to build a business around certifying DASH7 products.

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Webinar DASH7 Network Access Initiative

This DASH7 Network Access Initiative to be held on Wednesday October 20th at 8:00 a.m. PDT (GMT-7)

If You Are Connecting Software To DASH7 Devices, don’t miss this Webinar. Recommended audience: Software Developers, Systems Integrators, Device Integrators, End users. Attendance is free but registration is required

Presented by: Dr. Abel Sanchez, Executive Director, MIT Geospatial Data Center, Ted Osinski, Director, RFID Programs, MET Labs, Ryad Semichi, Director of Standards, Savi Technology.

DASH7 Network Access (DNA) and connecting smart wireless devices to the Internet of Things.

This webinar will provide an introduction to a new initiative being formed within the DASH7 Alliance around the standardization of the way software applications communicate with DASH7 readers or access points.  While the DASH7 Alliance has focused primarily on the DASH7 air interface, providing developers with a way to write to any DASH7 device, regardless of vendor, is a logical and important next step in the evolution of DASH7.

Building on the work of the ISO 18000-6c passive RFID community, the immediate focus of the initiative is the development of standardized protocol based on ISO 24791-5 (also known as  EPCglobal Low Level reader protocol, or LLRP). Webinar attendees will learn the background for the initiative and have an opportunity ask questions about getting involved in the creation of this specification.


Sensor Networks in Buildings Could Use AC Ducts as Huge, Building-Wide Antennas

Wiring large building for fire safety systems, climate control mechanisms, and other public safety monitoring schemes consumes a lot of wire — imagine how much feet of copper connects every room, corridor, stairwell and broom closet in a building like the Empire State. So researchers figured out a far more simplified scheme for creating wireless sensor networks within buildings — why not use the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) ducts that are already connecting the entire building as a big antenna that relays data via radio frequency identification (RFID)?

The scheme is rather simple but it could amount to huge cost savings for builders, as it saves the materials and time needed to physically connect sensors within a structure. Take the climate control system for instance. In order to function properly, temperature sensors have to be wired throughout the building to tell the central heating and cooling unit when and where to pipe conditioned air.

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Café serves chocolate (RFID) chip ice cream

From RFIDNews:

Izzy’s Ice Cream Café in St. Paul, Minn. is utilizing RFID technology to give customers real-time updates on all the available flavors in its dipping cabinet, according to a Computerworld article.

The store has more than 100 flavors to its name, but only serves 32 in its dipping cabinet at any one time. The dipping cabinets are equipped with readers which capture each of the flavor’s corresponding labels embedded with an RFID tag. Information is captured by the readers 22 times every second and sent to a system which updates Izzy’s Web site, so customers can know what is available before even having to come in the store.

The system also projects colored dots on the store’s wall or a TV behind the counter, to allow customers to easily know what flavors are available.

When an employee places a new flavor in the dipping cabinet they also swap out the RFID tag in front of the tub with the one corresponding to that flavor.

Customers who sign up, can get e-mail updates, and soon text messages, when their favorite flavor is being served. Izzy’s also sends updates to its Facebook page and Twitter account.

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RFID Tagged Cows Start Tweeting

herd of dairy cows from the University of Waterloo might be the first of the bovine species to use Twitter. The cows brag about milk production, RFID transponder glitches, eating habits, technical issues with the “Mr. Terminator” milking machines and the specific nuances of which teats perform best.

Some of the cattle even let loose with an occasional literary quotation from Virgil. We’re hoping for Twitpics soon.

The tweets are actually a project from the University’s Critical Media Lab. Lab members Ron Broglio, Marcel O’Gorman and Pouya Emami have teamed up with dairy farmer Chris Vandenberg and a dozen of his favorite milk cows on Buttermine Farms in Brant, Ontario.

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