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Archive for November, 2009

DOCOMO to Launch Environmental Sensor Network Business

NTT DOCOMO, INC. announced today that beginning December 21 it will launch the trial operation of a network of environmental sensors that measure pollen, carbon dioxide (CO2), ultraviolet (UV) sunlight and other atmospheric conditions  that can affect human health and daily life.

DOCOMO will provide the data to companies for use in various commercial applications, such as weather forecasting and other information services, as well as to pharmaceutical companies, healthcare institutions and municipal governments for a variety of other purposes.

The network of sensors, the largest and densest of its kind in Japan, reflects DOCOMO’s ongoing efforts to leverage its mobile network and facilities to create new value in sectors including environmental protection, safety, security and healthcare. The network will take advantage of DOCOMO’s existing mobile network covering virtually the entire nation, including both urban and rural areas.

More info here.

Senior Researchers on Embedded Sensor Systems for Energy-Efficiency in Buildings

Excellent work opportunities with competitive salary for senior research scientists on embedded sensor networks available at the CLARITY centre, University College Dublin. Applicants should have at least 4 years of industry experience or 4 years academic experience following Masters degree (e.g. PhD holders).

The candidate should have a demonstrable strong knowledge of programming on embedded networked systems, sensor networks, or database/web services management. The positions will focus on market-driven sensor networking solutions for energy monitoring and remote device actuation in buildings. This will be associated to 2 projects in collaboration with Philips NL, CSTB FR (Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment), G.E.M. Team Solutions GE.

For more information click here

ISSNIP 2009 Program

The International Conference on Intelligent Sensors, Sensor Networks and Information Processing (ISSNIP) will be held December 7-10, 2009 in Melbourne, Australia.

Topics to be discussed include: visual sensor networks for elderly care, tele-collaboration opportunities of sensor-based networks, bio-inspired motion detection, remote monitoring of land deformation, and the mobile phone as gateway in a body sensor network.

The updated program is now available here


A Workshop on Software Engineering for Sensor Network Applications  (SESENA) will be held in conjunction with ACM/IEEE Intl. Conf. on Software Engineering (ICSE) on May 3, 2010, Cape Town, South Africa.

Creating distributed sensor network applications is a challenging and cumbersome task where multiple objectives need to be pursued simultaneously. Sensor network developers have to address not only the functional application requirements, but also have to cope with a number of difficult non-functional requirements and constraints resulting from scarce resources including energy, from the need for self-organization and unattended operation, from the heterogeneity of sensor nodes, and from the unpredictability of the deployment environment.

The lack of appropriate software development methodologies and tools often leads to unstable and suboptimal implementations. Software engineering support is therefore sought that eases the development task and helps to produce optimized application software tailored to the specific application environment and sensor network conditions. Appropriate development support is needed for all phases of the application software lifecycle.

The aim of the SESENA workshop is to bring together the software engineering and sensor network communities (both academia and industry) to jointly address this challenge. The workshop goals are to provide a discussion forum on software development methodologies and tools for sensor network applications, and to establish a community that carries the discussion on even after the workshop. The workshop will feature an invited keynote talk, paper presentations, demonstrations of tools, as well as a working session.

Call for Papers and more info here

Important Dates

Paper submission: January 15, 2010
Notification: February 15, 2010
Camera Ready Version: March 3, 2010

Waspmote is released!

waspmote_by_libeliumLibelium has officially launched today the Waspmote platform. The research efforts have focused on providing a minimum consumption (0.7 uA in the Hibernate mode), and at the same time, maximum performance and capabilities.
Waspmote counts with seven different models of communication radios which can be chosen depending on:

  • Frequency: 2.4GHz, 900MHz, 868MHz
  • Protocol: 802.15.4, ZigBee
  • Power: 1mW, 100mW

These radios count with a high RX sensibility and TX power which let Waspmote to achieve long range links: 7km – 2.4GHz, 24km – 900MHz and 40km – 868MHz, which makes possible to monitorize any emplacement.
The platform is based on a modular architecture, this means extra modules can be set on Waspmote just when they are needed. The modules available are:

  • GPS: latitude, longitude, altitude, speed,…
  • GPRS: sms’s, calls, TCP/UDP sockets,…
  • SD card: up to 2GB of memory

Following the same modular philosophy three sensor boards have been developed to be connected to Waspmote:

  • Gases: CO, CO2, CH4, SH2, NH3,…
  • Events: weight, luminosity, tilt, vibration, PIR, liquid level…
  • Protyping: ready to integrate new sensors, includes ADC, pad area, amplification stages…

A 3 axys accelerometer has been integrated in the same board to get the maximum precision and stability in both ranges (+-2g, +-6g), which lets Waspmote to control in real time any kind of motion or mobility event.
It is powered with a lithium battery which can be recharged through a specially dedicated socket for the solar panel. This option is specially interesting for deployments in natural environments such as forests.

To get the most of all the platform features and possibilities a complete programming API is available. Both the Waspmote API and the compiler are open source.
Regarding commercial issues, the platform is Worldwide market ready: CE (Europe), FCC (EEUU) and IC (Canada).

All the information can be found at the Libelium site.

A Central Nervous System for Earth: HP's Ambitious Sensor Network

accelerometer_hpHP Labs has joined the race to build an infrastructure for the emerging Internet of Things. The giant computing and IT services company has announced a project that aims to be a “Central Nervous System for the Earth” (CeNSE). It’s a research and development program to build a planetwide sensing network, using billions of “tiny, cheap, tough and exquisitely sensitive detectors.”

The technology behind this is based on nano-sensing research done by HP Labs. The sensors are similar to RFID chips, but in this case they are tiny accelerometers which detect motion and vibrations.

More info here.

6LoWPAN: The Wireless Embedded Internet

shelby_6lowpan_8This book, by Zach Shelby and Carsten Bormann, gives the complete picture of 6LoWPAN technology in one place, including deployment examples and implementation aspects. It is aimed at experts in the field, engineering students and lecturers. An accompanying web-site is available including course material, Contiki coding exercises, an author blog and other 6LoWPAN information.

More info here and here.

PhD Student Position Available

The CISTER/IPP-HURRAY Research Unit has a PhD call open to work in the area of Sensor Networks, Cyber Physical Systems, Multicore Systems, Adaptive RT Systems, and RT Software.

The candidates should have a Bachelor, Licenciate, or MSc degree in Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering or related fields. GRE and TOEFL are welcome. Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Candidates holding a Bachelor/Licenciate degree with a GPA (Grade Point Average) greater or equal to 75% are preferred.

The CISTER Research Unit focuses its activity in the analysis, design and implementation of real-time and embedded computing systems. The unit  was created in 1997, and has since grown to become one of the leading European research groups in the area of real-time and embedded computing systems. CISTER is not only an internationally recognized group but also a literally international group, with people hailing from all continents bar Antarctica.

Application Deadline: December 15, 2009
Starting Date: February 15, 2010

More info available here

University Research Concludes Real Time Location Systems Can Transform Hospitals

Results from the first multidisciplinary university study examining the impact of a Real Time Location System (RTLS) deployed throughout a hospital show that the technology for tracking mobile medical equipment is driving increased operational efficiency and saving hundreds of thousands of dollars annually, while also enabling nurses to spend more time with patients and improve staff morale.

A thorough evaluation of the impact of implementing the RadarFind RTLS at Southeastern Regional Medical Center (SRMC) in Lumberton, N.C. analyzed the system’s influence on the management of equipment support, nursing and patient care, as well as hospital finances. The study results, soon to be published in the Journal of Clinical Engineering, revealed that the technology allowed staff to reduce time spent searching for tagged equipment by 96 percent, saved the hospital $750,000 in indirect costs, and illuminated potential future benefits as the new technology is further integrated into the hospital’s operations and culture.

More info here.

NASA turns iPhone into chemical sensor, can an App Store rejection be far away?

nasa-iphone-sensor-20091113-314From Engadget:

People have been trying to turn cellphones into medical and atmospheric scanners for some time now, but when it’s NASA stepping up to the plate with a little device to monitor trace amounts of chemicals in the air, it’s hard to not start thinking we might finally have a use for all those tricorder ringtones. Developed by a team of researchers at the Ames Research Center led by Jing Li, the device is a small chip that plugs into the bottom of an iPhone and uses 16 nanosensors to detect the concentration of gasses like ammonia, chlorine, and methane. To what purpose exactly this device will serve and why the relatively closed iPhone was chosen as a development platform are mysteries we’re simply not capable of answering. Damn it, man, we’re bloggers not scientists!

More info here.


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