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SENSEAPP 2010

The the fourth edition of the workshop is to be held on 11-14th October 2010 in Denver, Colorado, after successful previous editions.

SenseApp 2010, the Fifth IEEE International Workshop on Practical Issues in Building Sensor Network Applications, will be a one-day workshop, held in conjunction with the IEEE Conference on Local Comupter Networks (LCN 2010). The workshop aims at bringing together researchers from academia and industry to showcase their work and obtain feedback. We expect the workshop to act as a forum for the sensor network research community to discuss open issues, novel solutions and the future development of wireless sensor networks in general.

More info avaialble here, and also the CFP is  here (pdf)

CONET 2010

The First International Workshop on Networks of Cooperating Objects will be held on April 12th, 2010 – Stockholm, Sweden, collocated with the CPS Week 2010.

During the last decade, the continuous improvement and miniaturization of integrated circuits has led to new types of computing systems. An emerging trend is the collaboration of miniature devices to achieve a common goal. Representative examples include wireless sensor networks, pervasive computing and embedded systems.

Along this trend, the notion of Cooperating Objects collectively refers to embedded computing devices equipped with communication as well as sensing or actuation capabilities, able to cooperate and organize themselves autonomously into networks to achieve a common task. As such, Cooperating Objects envision a single, coherent system formed by a wide range of devices, including those from the areas mentioned above. The complexity germane to the interaction inside and across networks of Cooperating Objects presents a rich set of research questions, and entails a wide range of scientific disciplines, such as networking, software engineering, and control theory.

CONET 2010 will provide a discussion forum for researchers, aimed at fostering synergy and convergence of complementary areas towards the vision of networks of Cooperating Objects. Work-in-progress systems, provocative ideas, and position papers paving the road towards such synergy and convergence are particularly welcome.

Full list of topics of interest available here

Important dates
Submission deadline: Monday, March 1, 2010
Acceptance Notification: Monday, March 22, 2010
Camera Ready: Monday, March 29, 2010

Crossbow Technology Acquisition

Last week, MEMSIC announced the acquisition of selected product lines, intellectual property and fixed assets from Crossbow Technology, Inc. The transaction extends MEMSIC’s sensor integration and solution capabilities, expands its product lines, and strengthens its sales and marketing capabilities.

As part of the acquisition, engineers from Crossbow have joined MEMSIC’s global engineering team, adding significant sensor system integration and solution talent. Selected sales and marketing personnel have also joined MEMSIC, expanding its customer reach and enabling a seamless transition for Crossbow’s large customer base.

The acquisition price of $18 million in cash included the non-military portion of Crossbow Technology’s Inertial Systems business lines and its Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) “Mote” and eKo environmental monitoring business lines. These business lines accounted for approximately $10 million in sales annually by Crossbow.

Founded in 1995 and headquartered in San Jose, California, Crossbow Technology, Inc. was the leading end-to-end solutions supplier of wireless sensor networks and inertial sensor systems. Crossbow shipped over 500,000 sensors to more than 1,000 customers, including select Fortune 100 companies, for diverse applications such as industrial, aerospace, and environmental control.

Complete article available here

Chinese Premier Talks Up Internet of Things

In the last quarter of 2009, a number of significant public speeches were made about Internet of Things in China. It started on August 7, when Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao made a speech in the city of Wuxi calling for the rapid development of Internet of Things technologies. It included this equationInternet + Internet of Things = Wisdom of the Earth. Wen Jiabo followed up with a speech on November 3 at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, in which he encouraged breakthroughs in key technologies for sensor networks and the Internet of Things.

Here’s an excerpt from an interview Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao did with the Xinhua News Agency at the end of December:

“This concept [of Internet of Things] first came to my mind when I talked with a group of young researchers who returned to China after their overseas studies,” Wen said, referring to those he met during his inspection tour to east China’s Jiangsu Province in November.

“I learned Internet of Things is a network that can be applied to infrastructure and services. The program will have a rosy prospect,” Wen said.

According to Internet of Things, when objects ranging from books to airplanes are equipped with minuscule identifying devices, they can be identified and managed through computer networks.

Internet of Things was one example Premier Wen cited while outlining the country’s initiatives to foster new growth areas, especially in emerging strategic industries.”

More info here.

Waspmote Demo and Training Course

Libelium will conduct another Waspmote presentation on February 4th at the the University of Zaragoza (CPS), Spain. Those interested to get a quick intro to the Waspmote platform and couldn’t attend last presentations now have a new opportunity.  Registration available here.

In addition to that, a public Waspmote Training Course it’s also open for registration. It will take place in Zaragoza, February 17th-18th. Previous experience with the Waspmote platform is not necessary for attending the course. Important discounts apply for those who buy a Waspmote Kit in place.

New update of the API functionalities (v0.12) includes localization tools using the mobile phones cells ID’s and their received signal strength (RSSI)

Back to Sub-1GHz ?

From DASH7 Wireless Sensor Networking Blog

It is a great for the success of wireless sensor networks that people are starting to realize how hopeless the 2.4 GHz band has become, but it is not enough to merely embrace “Sub-1GHz.”  … 433 MHz has greater worldwide appeal, support by the single most import entity for emerging IT standards (the US DoD) and, also importantly, it appeals especially to markets that tend to embrace new technologies a lot faster than does the US private sector.

Technically sound or more like plain marketing?

Full text of the post here

Sense Internship at Almende

Almende BV, Rotterdam, has a master-level internship in WSN, concerning distributed multi-modal sensor fusion, pattern recognition and machine learning. This internship includes the opportunity to investigate existing algorithms, adapting them so they fit the distributed and resource-constrained nature of WSN or creating your own algorithms. Additionally, there is the opportunity to implement the results on an operational WSN framework, and to test it in two use cases in the Dutch research projects ALwEN and STORM.

Almende is a research company in Rotterdam, focusing on self-organization in (hybrid) networks of things and people. Around 25 people are employed by Almende, both doing research in areas such as wireless sensor networks, robotics, multi-agent systems and social networks. Multiple students have done their master’s thesis or PhD research at Almende over the years.

Complete internship description available here (pdf ~100Kb). Also see their sensor related blog here.

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ACM/IEEE IPSN 2010: Call for Posters and Demos

The 9th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks, April 12-16, 2010, Stockholm, Sweden, draws upon many disciplines including networking, signal and image processing, information and coding theory, databases, information management, distributed algorithms, embedded systems, wireless communications, and machine learning. In addition to full-length technical papers, IPSN is very interested in showcasing demonstrations of novel sensor network technology, applications, and hardware as well as posters showing exiting early work. IPSN encourages both academic and industrial submissions. The poster and demo session does not distinguish between the IP track and the SPOTS track; submissions of interest to both tracks are welcome. Submissions will be evaluated based on technical merit and innovation as well as their potential to stimulate interesting discussions and exchange of ideas at the conference.

Submissions to the poster session are being handled through the submission site:

CFP Software Engineering for Sensor Network Applications

The 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.

EXTENDED DEADLINE: January 21, 2010

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.

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IBM to Support Arch Rock's PhyNet Wireless Sensor Network in Active Energy Manager

Arch Rock Corporation has announced that Arch Rock’s PhyNet™ IP-based wireless sensor network technology will be supported in IBM’s Systems Director Active Energy Manager (AEM), to monitor and manage energy usage in corporate data centers.

The integrated products, now available, will allow a rich set of power and thermal data gathered by strategically-placed Arch Rock wireless sensors to be transmitted over wireless IP links and displayed on the AEM web interface, presenting users with a comprehensive view of their data centers’ energy consumption and environmental health.

The integration of PhyNet into AEM makes it easy for users to see all their energy information on a single web interface (AEM), without having to move back and forth among multiple vendors’ consoles. Arch Rock’s wireless sensors can easily be placed anywhere the user needs to collect electrical, temperature or humidity data, without the labor and cost of having to connect wires. Customers can compare the Arch Rock-collected server inlet air temperature data with AEM temperature readings from their CRACs [computer room air conditioners], determining whether they can lower energy costs by raising CRAC supply air temperatures while remaining within safety zones for server cooling. The sensor data can also be used to monitor pre-set power and thermal thresholds, triggering “event automation plans” through AEM to put servers in lower power states or shut down systems that become overheated. PhyNet is expected to be of particular benefit to the large set of IBM customers still using legacy hardware, which are not equipped with built-in sensors.

More info here.

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