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Archive for November, 2006

WSN at World Expo 2010

A Chinese developed Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) system to safeguard World Expo 2010 was now on broad, a professor told the launching ceremony for the system at Jiao Tong University yesterday.

The Wenhui Daily reported that the project, headed by well-known scientist Professor Ni Mingxuan of Jiao Tong University, was the first national key project — also known as a 973 project — in the city’s information industry which was led by a university or research body.

Sources said the WSN model system would be widely used in the World Expo Site during the 184-day event in 2010.

The complete story here.

Remapping the telemedicine landscape

A soldier in an underground tunnel in downtown Baghdad searches for an injured member of his company. By hooking up with a secure wireless network via his personal data assistant, he picks up the signal of a wireless sensor on the soldier’s body. Once located, the searcher switches over to a portable ultrasound, allowing him to scan for injuries and send the results to a clinic before the injured soldier arrives.

Consider this a preview to what Worcester Polytechnic Institute researchers hope will become a reality. While WPI’s Bioengineering Institute (BEI) is busy establishing its new headquarters in Gateway Park, the Institute’s Center for Untethered Healthcare and Center for Neuroprosthetics and BioMEMS have been winning grants to bring their products closer to market.

The complete story here.

AIRcable BlueTooth with 28-Mile Range

Designed for wireless sensor interface, mesh networking and data logging applications with an RS232 port interface. These products are built for outdoor use where autonomous operation, flexible communication and long-range are important features.

AIRcable Industrial: Software controlled RS232, Ruggedized aluminum case, External antenna connector, Rechargeable Li-ion battery, Solar cell charger, Real time clock & temperature sensors, Range: 150m with 3dBi antenna

AIRcable Industrial XR: All the regular Industrial features plus Extended range for up to 28 miles (24dBi parabolic antenna), Standard range 1000m or 3280 feet! (antenna included), Larger battery, Interface for add-on sensors, file system (4GB SD card) & LCD display

These compact Bluetooth® compatible products gather data using intelligent sensors, run computations, transfer files, and communicate using secure, long-range Bluetooth to multiple partners simultaneously.

More info here.

Tiny Linux module targets WSNs

SSV Embedded Systems is shipping a tiny, chip-like, Linux-based SBC (single-board computer) that targets “wireless sensor networks” (WSNs). The DIL/NetPC ADNP/9200 is based on an Atmel ARM9 microcontroller, and integrates Ethernet, UART, SPI, SSI/I2C, and USB controllers, among other functions, according to the company.

According to SSV, the ADNP/9200 is specifically designed for connecting Ethernet LANs to WSNs. The SBC is based an Atmel 32-bit AT91RM9200 ARM9 microcontroller clocked at 180MHz, and is equipped with 64MB of SDRAM and 32MB of flash memory. It also integrates dual 10/100 Ethernet ports, dual UARTs, SPI, SSI/I2C, dual USB Host ports, and a USB Device port. For additional expansion, the module provides a top-side 16-bit “flexible” bus interface connector, plus 20 lines of GPIO (general purpose I/O).

More info here.

Conference Call for Papers on Sensors & Mesh Networks

The 4th Annual IEEE Communications Society Conference on Sensors, Mesh and Ad-Hoc Communications and Networks (IEEE SECON 2007) is currently accepting papers for submission. The conference, which recently merged with the IEEE International Workshop on Wireless Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks (IWWAN), will take place between 18-21 June 2007 in San Diego, California, USA. The conference will accept original technical papers on communications, networking, applications, systems and algorithmic aspects of mesh and sensor networks, as well as those that describe practical deployment and implementation experiences. The paper registration deadline is 30 November 2006, and full paper submissions are due 7 December 2006.

For more information, visit: http://www.ieee-secon.org/2007/.

Wireless Sensor Networks for Flood Plain Monitoring

An interview to David Carey who performs research on flood protection system at the Wilkes University in Pennsylvania is posted here. Ultimately the system will lead to an early warning system for the flood protection system and a real time levy health monitoring system. The WSN will be configured to monitor water level, vibration and pressure that the river exerts on the levy.

Motorola Launches Things-To-Things Research Center in Seoul

In a ceremony attended by Motorola Chief Technology Officer and Korea’s Ministry of Information & Communication, Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT) officially opened its Things-to-Things Research Center (T2TRC) in Seoul.

Motorola and ETRI also announced a multi-year joint research agreement for the development of the ubiquitous sensor network (USN) technologies that enable things-to-things connectivity. The agreement is part of an effort by the Institute of Information Technology Assessment (IITA) to help Korea realize its IT839 vision of Ubiquitous-City (U-City), meaning future cities seamlessly connected through USNs.

By researching ways to add connectivity and to extend today’s Internet by creating a whole new range of products and services, the center will enable the development and ultimate commercialization of “things to
things” communications solutions.

The complete announcement here.

Wireless Sensor Networks Conference in London

This event will focus on fundamental challenges arising in the design and implementation of wireless sensor networks.

The goal of this conference is to provide a cross-disciplinary session for researchers in both academia and industry addressing challenges in the vast area of sensor networks to interact and exchange the information of the most recent results, and hopefully to form leading technological collaborations across UK and Europe.

The conference will take place in London, UK, the 4 December 2006 at the Institute of Physics.

More information here.

Wireless Control and Sensor Technologies Drive the Modernization of the Industrial Sector

The new WTRS Industrial Automation Applications Report examines the underlying evolution of the sector as it begins the incorporation of wireless control and sensor networks. Factors considered in the report include market potential, state of the involved standards bodies, barriers to entry for emerging technologies and components, relative attractiveness of emerging wireless technologies.

“Industrial automation is no longer a matter of choice, but fundamental to the success and competitive edge of even the smallest manufacturing endeavor,” says Dr Kirsten West, Principal Analyst of WTRS. “The emergence of IEEE 802.15.4, IEEE 802.15.4a, Bluetooth, WiFi, RFID, and other wireless standards in the industrial world is in fact hinged to the adoption of the ERP, supply chain, CRM, process information management, and human interface management systems that have been introduced in the last few years. Wireless technology implementation in an industrial environment offers the possibility to track and trim the overall energy budget for a plant or facility by turning off system modules depending on system operating profiles and power availability.”

The complete story here.

Evaluation kit for developers mesh network

Meshnetics, a leading Zigbee technology provider, is to begin shipping its new 2.4GHz 802.15.4/Zigbee Evaluation Kit.

The kit provides all the hardware and software tools needed to quickly evaluate the performance of the Zigbit mesh-networking module, including tools to test its communication range, power consumption, and the embedded software capabilities.

Thanks to a recently announced partnership between Atmel and Meshnetics, the new 2.4GHz 802.15.4/Zigbee Evaluation Kit will be the first to feature the latest Atmel RF transceiver, the AT86RF230, which is said to have the highest link budget of any 802.15.4 radio.

The complete story here.

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