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Archive for July, 2006

Taiwan Quick Take: WSN installed in housing

The government-funded Institute for Information Industry has cooperated with a local company to install a wireless sensor network (WSN) in a new housing complex in Taipei’s Neihu District, according to a press release yesterday by the institute. An institute official said that the WSN technology installed at Century Garden — built by Century Digital Science and Technology and technologically supported by the institute — could provide extensive safety measures for children and the elderly. The battery-powered equipment offers services such as positioning and wireless emergency notification to provide vital information to firefighters or rescue teams in case of fire or when residents require immediate medical attention, the official said.

The original article is available here.

Blog on wsn and energy management applications

Residential energy consumption accounts for nearly 20% of the total national consumption and 50% of the critical peak consumption in California. With blackout-related economic losses costing billions of dollars, residential energy consumption is at the forefront of energy management research.

A very interesting blog and website on utilizing wireless sensor networks as an enabling technology for novel energy management applications is available here.

The OGC(R) Releases Sensor Web Enablement WhitePaper

The membership of the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) has approved and released the OGC Sensor Web Enablement (SWE) White Paper as an official public OGC White Paper.
In the OGC Sensor Web Enablement (SWE) activity, members of the OGC are defining, testing, and documenting a consistent framework of open standards for exploiting Web-connected sensors and sensor systems of any type. Sensor Web Enablement presents many opportunities for adding a real-time sensor dimension to the Internet and the Web.

The OGC Document 06-046r2 is available here.

Information Processing Sensor Networks Webinar

Microsoft Research combined with the Research Channel have a new seminar, which is on a very important topic for anyone involved with controls and sensors.
In this talk, Feng Zhao of Microsoft Research argues that the existing node-centric programming of embedded devices is inadequate and unable to scale up. New service architectures, inter-operation protocols, and programming models are needed that are resource-aware and resource-efficient across heterogeneous devices that can range from extremely limited sensor motes to more powerful servers.

The webinar is available here.

Sensors watch Barrier Reef coral

With the ecology of coral reefs around the globe increasingly under pressure, scientists on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef are establishing a network of sensors to better understand this beautiful part of the underwater world.

The complete story from BBC’s website, here.

Wsn to study Glaciers on IEEE Spectrum Radio

Spectrum Radio’s Erico Guizzo travels to Norway to report on a team of British Glaciologists using a unque wireless probe to research how global warming in effecting the world’s glaciers.

The radio program is available at the May 2006 episode ofIEEE Spectrum Radio.

Wsnblog.com on Techdigest

Wsnblog.com has been reviewed on Techdigest.tv. Thanks!

The review is available here.

Singapore Hospital Introduces Wireless Sensors To Track Fever Cases

A wireless sensor system is making its rounds at the Singapore General Hospital to track patients and even staff with fever. This way, nurses do not have to wake patients up every four hours to monitor temperature. The staff can check patient’s temperature from the hospital’s computers. With the wireless sensor system in place, doctors can check a patient’s condition through a tablet PC or even a PDA, so that charts like these which record patients’ information will be a thing of the past in future.

The complete story here.

Wireless Sensor Network to help monitor antiretroviral drug therapies in Ethiopia

I came across an interesting article on the deployment of a wireless sensors network from Intelesense Technologies in Ethiopia to monitor antiretroviral drug therapies for AIDS. The system is expected to replace paper-based handwritten data collection systems currrently used to track the progress of the disease.
Ethiopia with a population of about 70 million faces one of the direst AIDS epidemics in all of Africa with more than 2 million thought to be infected with HIV and with about one million AIDS orphans.
Health-care delivery in Ethiopia seems to face challenges like lack of power, lack of adequate telecommunication systems and widely scattered population. About 80 percent of Ethiopians seem to live outside it’s cities in remote villages and doctors travel from village to village by foot or by cart.

The complete story is available here and here.

TinyOS 2.0 beta2 release

The TinyOS Alliance is happy to announce the beta2 release of TinyOS 2.0. The release introduces several new platforms, systems, and features, including: new tutorials, support for more platforms, greatly increased sensor support and additional documentation.

The full story is available here.

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