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Archive for April, 2007

RUNES Summer School 9-11 July 2007, London

We are pleased to announce the RUNES Summer School, the aim of which is to disseminate the technologies developed in the project to other scientists and engineers. The Summer School will take place over three consecutive days in July 2007, with the first two comprising technical lectures and related hands-on programming seminars, while the third is self-contained and structured around the RUNES applications and the demonstrator. Our aim is to broaden the students’ appreciation for and interest in the field of networked embedded systems, while also extending their technical skills.

The target audience of the Summer School are advanced undergraduate students, PhD students, postdocs and academic and industrial researchers and engineers. Some experience in software engineering will be required to make the most of the hands-on programming seminars (days 1 and 2). Emergency services personnel or other interested individuals without a
strong technical background are welcome to attend day 3 which will be pitched at a more general level and will cover the main RUNES scenario/demonstrator.

Research students are invited to submit an abstract for the RUNES Summer School covering topics in middleware, networking and advanced control. Authors whose abstracts are accepted for presentation on the day 2 will be eligible for a refund of their attendance fee.

Registration deadline: June 8, 2007
Abstract submission deadline: June 15, 2007
Abstract acceptance notification: June 22, 2007
Summer School: July 9-11, 2007

All details, including the School’s programme, registration form, abstract template and travel information can be found at here. Should you have any questions, you can contact the organising committee by emailing

XubunTOS: a live Xubuntu Linux CD with a working TinyOS 2.0.1

Mike Colagrosso and his colleagues created a live Xubuntu Linux CD with a working TinyOS 2.0.1 installation called XubunTOS.

The XubunTOS page has screenshots and more information. For the impatient, download the ISO image (684 MB), (mirror) and start working with the live CD. Let them know what you think. If you’d like, you can run XubunTOS on a USB drive, which is portable, persistent, and snappy.

The Economist: A world of connections

From The Economist:

“The radio is 110 years old this year and the microprocessor just under 50. As these two technologies move ever closer together, with wireless capabilities now being put on computer chips, something exciting is happening. All the benefits of the computing world—innovation, short development cycles and low cost—are being extended to wireless communications. As a result, a myriad of hitherto separate objects are becoming connected to networks, from televisions and cars to industrial machinery and farmland. Tiny devices are even being placed into the human body to perform useful tasks. The new technology enables control to be exercised from a distance and lets different devices interconnect to do something new.”

Crossbow introduces IRIS wireless product line

Crossbow Technology, Inc. (, a leading supplier of wireless sensor technology and inertial MEMS sensors for navigation and control, announced today the release of IRISTM, a new family of ultra low-power, long-range wireless sensor network products. The IRIS platform features the following:

• Wider coverage area, with up to three times the radio range of comparable devices using IEEE 802.15.4 compliant radios
• Ultra low-power consumption with half the sleep current of previous products for longer battery life
• Optimized for richer applications with twice the program memory of previous products
• Class-leading performance provided at compelling new price points, as low as $29 per unit for volume purchases of the “postage stamp” form factor

The new IRIS product line includes the IRIS OEM Module, IRIS Mote, and IRIS OEM Design Kit.The IRIS OEM Module is a 24mm x 24mm “postage stamp” module optimized for fast, seamless integration of low-power, wireless mesh-networking into OEM hardware designs. Once customers complete their evaluation, they transition from engineering prototyvolume production using this surface-mount, stamp-size module.

More info here.

Workshop on Wireless Computing and Sensor Networks

Directly from Havana.

WCSN07 began this Monday. So far participants have presented 11 lectures on theoretical research topics with emphasis on open problems in routing, broadcasting and area coverage optimizations, sensors relocation, medium access issues, among others.

Today we have had brainstorming teams working on some of the topics mentioned above and tomorrow there is a beach break, for a change. We will reconvene Friday morning.

Details on lecture topics see the Technical Program here

New RFID Sensor Network to Monitor Bushfire & Wildfire Ignitions

Telepathx announced that it has developed a new low cost wireless RFID fire mapping sensor that will alert fire brigades within two minutes of spotting a bushfire ignition.

The tiny TPX-VRF sensor said James Eades, company CEO and founder will allow firelighters to respond to fires faster than ever, it is the first real time early warning fire mapping solution available and it will reduce the impact and spread of bushfires on communities.

Unlike geospatial satellite mapping systems that provide fire mapping data within 1-24 hours, or Ariel reconnaissance that rely on thermal imaging of hotspots this system is a terrestrial based system that can monitor and report ignitions with pinpoint accuracy.

More info here.

The Free MAC Campaign Continues

From Moteiv’s blog:

Following on Texas Instrument’s announcement of free IEEE 802.15.4 and Zigbee stacks, MeshNetics has released their IEEE 802.15.4 MAC through open source. The MeshNetics MAC runs on Atmel hardware including the Atmel Demo Board. As a trend, more and more MAC and Networking software is provided either with the hardware or as a free software download. Such open implementations assist in the adoption of standard wireless solutions, and are reducing the risk for customers to enter the wireless sensor market with unique solutions.

Read more about MeshNetics OpenMAC at the MeshNetics Website
Check out the SourceForge OpenMAC Project and Download the source code

IPSN'07 Live Coverage from MIT

Today (24th April,07) IPSN’07 kicked off with the two workshops – WSNA workshop and DSI workshop. The focus of the WSNA workshop is on the move towards “a” sensornet architecture(s) and the focus of the DSI workshop is on data-sharing and interoperability.

The WSNA workshop kicked off by a keynote by Andrew Campbell where he talked about “people-centric sensing” (read this paper for details)

(This post would change as more papers are presented)

How to stay in touch with your dog while away using WSN

From Internet goes to the dogs:

“Back in December of 06 I first read about Sun Microsystem’s new device called SunSpots. I thought it was a great idea and could not wait to get my hands on one. If you have never heard of this product visit, the site is geek paradise.
While waiting for Sun to ship, I came up with the idea to build a web site (I used NetBean’s Visual Web Pack) that would stream video of my dog Sadie. After some experimentation I realized Sadie would respond to wav files of my voice (triggered from the web site) and do tricks. The problem was I had no way to reward her when I was at work. Having put my name on the SunSpot waiting list I knew I could solve the treat problem. Thus the Web controlled SunSpot driven automatic dog treat dispenser was born.”

CFP: Delay and Disruption Tolerant Wireless Communication

An issue of IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (J-SAC) is dedicated to technologies, systems designs and analyses that contribute to the development and understanding of delay and disruption tolerant wireless communication systems. One of the areas of interest is Wireless Sensor Networks.

The full CFP can be downloaded here.


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