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eKo Environmental System Expanded with Long Range Node

From Crossbow’s blog:

Crossbow Technology, Inc. ( announced today the release of the EN2120 eKo Long Range Node. With the communication range between nodes extending up to 2 miles, the eKo Long Range node is the only true mesh wireless solution with this ability, increasing the coverage area four to five times that of other wireless solutions.

“The eKo system and specifically the new EN2120 Long Range Node allows users to gather data from a larger area with less nodes thereby reducing their installation costs and simultaneously expanding their coverage area,” said Jack Coots of Iris Connection, Inc. “In the Central Valley users have large fields and orchards making this capability crucial to enable complete cost-effective monitoring of their planted acreage.”

More info here.

The 9th ACM/IEEE Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks

April 12-16, 2010, Stockholm, Sweden

Abstract Registration Deadline: October 23rd, 2009


The International Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks (IPSN) is a leading, single-track, annual forum on sensor network research.
IPSN brings together researchers from academia, industry, and government to present and discuss recent advances in both theoretical and experimental
research. Its scope includes signal and image processing, information and coding theory, databases and information management, distributed algorithms,
networks and protocols, wireless communications, machine learning, and embedded systems design.

The conference features two interleaved tracks, the Information Processing (IP) track, and the Sensor Platforms, Tools and Design Methods (SPOTS) track. The two tracks have separate program committees to evaluate their submissions. Authors should carefully review the intended foci of these two tracks to decide which track is better suited for their work, and they are encouraged to contact program chairs with questions or clarifications.

The Information Processing (IP) track focuses on algorithms, systems, theory for information processing using networks of embedded sensors.

Sensorpedia connects sensor data through web 2.0 platform

Sensorpedia connects sensors composed of various standards through a Wikipedia-like platform with three important distinctions: links to near-real-time, streaming data; support of  interactive mashups; and restriction of authorship to approved personnel. Nearly all types of sensors are targeted for inclusion: smoke detectors, intrusion alarms, weather sensors, video cameras, cell phones, global positioning systems, seismic sensors, acoustic sensors, chemical sensors, radiological sensors, pressure gauges, medical instrumentation, telemetry systems, home security systems and alarms.

The richness of the data connected from the sensors together could give powerful early warning of disasters, improving our nation’s preparedness, security and emergency response. Currently, this sensor data is disparate, reported to diverse entities or not reported at all, forming an incomplete picture of the environment. With Sensorpedia, Local, state, and federal public safety officials, intelligence analysts and planners, and emergency response workers can tap into centralized sensor information to better connect the dots and inform their planning and decisionmaking.

More info here and here.

UCLA Hospital Hopes Smart Garage Expedites Parking

Finding a parking spot at a hospital can be stressful for drivers anxious to enter the facility quickly, either to seek medical attention or to visit loved ones. Administrators at theRonald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, a new hospital on the UCLA campus, hope a network of sensors used to monitor traffic in its garage will make parking faster and easier for visitors and staff members. In the long run, the data collected could also provide insights enabling the hospital to optimize the number of parking spaces allocated for workers and guests, according to David Karwaski, manager of planning and policy at UCLA’s Department of Transportation.

The monitoring system comprises infrared Wireless Sensor Network Modules from National Instruments (NI), mounted at the parking garage’s entrances and exits each time a car drives by. These events are collected in NI’s LabVIEW software application. The data is analyzed to determine the number of available parking spots on the monitored floors, based on the total number of spaces on that floor, as well as on the number of cars each sensor detects entering or exiting.

More info here.

Postdoc openings on the RoboBees project

The Harvard RoboBees project has postdoc openings in the areas of wireless sensor networks, embedded computing, swarm robotics, and biologically-inspired multiagent systems.

Check out the job posting here for more details.

Subsoil sensor

A sensor that monitors how effectively a plant takes up water and nutrients from the soil could help farmers grow drought-resistant crops within the next decade.

The device is being developed by researchers at Manchester University to identify plant varieties that are tolerant to future climate conditions. Based on electrical imaging techniques used in healthcare and manufacturing, the team have adapted the technology for use in the subsoil analysis of plant behaviour.

Principal investigator Dr Bruce Grieve, from the Syngenta Sensors University Innovation Centre, said: ‘If you can monitor a chemical plant for how well a pressure filter is operating, then you can apply the same technique to soil, which is effectively also a filter for water and nutrients. We’re hoping to create an image reconstruction of the water movement using a soft-field sensor to examine how different plants draw on their surrounding moisture.’

More info here.

First international workshop on the Web of Things (WoT 2010)

First International Workshop the Web of Things (WoT 2010)
in conjunction with the 8th IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications (PerCom 2010), Mannheim, Germany

Paper submission deadline: October 18, 2009

Notification of acceptance: December 21, 2009
Camera-ready papers due: January 29, 2010

The world of embedded devices has experienced radical changes over the past few years as real-world objects can now easily connect to the Internet. This convergence of physical computing devices (wireless sensor networks, mobile phones, embedded computers, etc.) and the Internet provides new design opportunities and challenges. The Internet of Things has mainly focused on establishing connectivity in a variety of challenging and constrained networking environments, and the next logical step in the evolution in pervasive computing builds on top of network connectivity by focusing on the application layer: how to develop ubiquitous computing applications on top of heterogenous devices? The Web of Things is the vision that brings embedded devices into the Web by using Web standards as application protocol to interact with things. This workshop aims at bringing together the pervasive computing and Web communities to explore the possibilities for using the core principles and technologies of modern Web architecture (e.g., HTTP, REST, Atom, JSON) for seamless integration of things into the Web and developing applications on top of web-enabled devices (physical mashups).


Postdoctoral position in wireless multimedia sensor networks (2 years)

A full-time post-doctoral research position is available for two (2) years in the project “Digital Djurpark” (Digital Zoo). This is a joint position between Digital Media Laboratory, Umeå University, Sweden and CSIRO Autonomous Systems Laboratory, Brisbane, Australia. The successful candidate will spend one year at CSIRO and one year at Umeå University.

The goal of the project “Digital Djurpark” is to make Lycksele zoo more attractive by increasing the interaction between the visitor and the animals. The approach is to develop a wireless sensor network covering the whole zoo. The network will consist of hundreds of wireless sensors, which are able to configure themselves into a working network. The sensors could be collecting data as video, pictures, sound, and temperature. The plan is to put sensors on some of the animals too. The sensed data will be processed and semantic information will be used to support interaction design.

More info here.

BuildSys: First ACM Workshop On Embedded Sensing Systems For Energy-Efficiency In Buildings

Due to several requests the workshop deadline has been extended to August 27, 2009, 23:59 GMT. BuildSys will be held in conjunction with Sensys’09, Berkeley, CA.
The workshop solicits contributions that focus on the design of architectures that are capable of improving the global energy efficiency of buildings leveraging connected sensing systems, networks, and devices. Of particular interest is also the application of sensing and actuation technologies to distributed energy generation systems, i.e., systems to generate energy from federated small energy sources such as microgrids and local green energy sources.
For more information click here

Minimal wireless-networking protocols allow almost any device to communicate over the Internet

Adam Dunkels, a senior scientist at the Swedish Institute of Computer Science, has developed software that’s used to network devices as diverse as satellites, pipelines, electric meters, and race-car engines. Such devices often incorporate tiny computers that need to relay data to a central server.
Adam _DunkelsUsing the Internet Protocol (IP) would allow them to communicate with any other device or computer by means of existing infrastructure. But until Dunkels proved otherwise, many computer scientists believed that these “embedded systems” had too little memory and power to use IP.
More information available here


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