Aligned with government’s top priorities, Wireless Sensor Networking (WSN) is attracting hundreds of millions of R&D funding in several recession-proof markets, according to a recent study by ON World. Including both public and private sources, WSN R&D spending will reach $1.3 billion in 2012, up from $522 million in 2007.
“With markets reeling, businesses and investors are relying on the public sector more than ever to set the priorities to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship that will lead to an economic recovery,” says Mareca Hatler, ON World’s research director. “By providing needed solutions for energy, the environment, and healthcare, WSN continues to be a one of the fastest growing research and development areas.”
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The premier conference of the sensornet community, SenSys, is going back to California this year. Matt Welsh (Harvard) and Jie Liu (MSR) are the Program Co-chairs, where as David Culler (Berkeley) is the General Chair. SenSys 2009 will be at Berkeley, CA in Nov 2009. Time to get your best works ready for submission! More details here.
WideNoise is the iPhone and iPod Touch application that samples decibel noise levels, and displays them on a worldwide interactive map
With WideNoise you can monitor the noise levels around you, everywhere you go. You can also check the online map to see the average sound level of the area around you. Do you live in a “sleeping cat area” or in a more noisy “rock concert area”?
The producers have used a sound meter (±2dB@114dB) to calibrate the microphone against pink noise, that is a form of noise similar to the sounds that our ears perceive the best. After that, they had to compensate for the limits of the physical mic, which is calibrated to filter the human voice against the ambient sound. The result is accurate within the device’s hardware limits, but it shouldn’t be used for dB readings that require high accuracy.
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From Crossbow’s blog:
Crossbow Technology’s eKo Wireless Crop Monitoring System now enables users of the breakthrough solution to quickly and easily predict disease conditions surrounding their crops to prevent potential outbreaks. Crossbow Technology, Inc., a leading supplier of wireless sensor technology and inertial MEMS sensors for navigation and control, announced today it has integrated plant disease and agricultural models that will let users calculate Powdery Mildew and Downy Mildew at the touch of a button.
The live data from the eKo Nodes provides growers with better insight into their crop’s health so that informed decisions about when and where to spray pesticides can be made preventing unnecessary chemical usage. The ability to monitor multiple points within the field or vineyard provides a granular level of knowledge regarding the various microclimates and zones. This targeted data of the varying crop conditions in a single location will reduce chemical usage and maximize resources so that users maintain healthier, higher quality crops.
The hand-sized yellow objects poking up among the lush canopies at Camalie Vineyards aren’t a new variety of monster grape. They’re electronic devices that can sense soil moisture.
Viticulturist Mark Holler says these wireless sensors sprinkled throughout the leaves help him manage the high cost of irrigation and improve his yield.
“Wireless sensor networks extend the Internet … out into the environment,” says Mr. Holler, a retired Intel technologist who owns and runs the 4.4-acre vineyard in Napa, Calif.
While the networks won’t necessarily make someone a better vintner, they do have a practical side: During the 2007 drought in California, Holler figures the technology saved him several thousand dollars in water costs.
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What if everything you owned – from appliances to books – was connected to the internet? Don’t laugh, it’s already happening, writes Sean Dodson.
Most people, if they bother to think about it at all, probably view the internet as an agent of profound change. In the 15 years since Tim Berners-Lee invented the world wide web, the life of almost everyone in the industrialised world has been touched by it. But just as many of us are coming to grips with its second stage, the mobile internet, very few are prepared – perhaps even aware – of the third and most revolutionary phase: the internet of things.
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The ZigBee/802.15.4 USB pen drive created by the Wireless Sensor Network Research Group and the Libelium team is currently being used as an access point to Wireless Sensor Networks when using PDA’s and mobile phones. If you PDA or mobile phone has a USB (or mini-USB connector) you can also get your sensor information directly on your hand. All the info in the article.