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Sewio goes UWB

Sewio known as a producer of Open Sniffers for IoT devices in recent months released a new product portfolio with focus on location and tracking based applications. Sewio takes advantage of mature development state in wireless ranging technologies and build up new products based on Ultra Wide Band technology. Sewio brings Real Time Location Systems (RTLS) enabling high precision and integrability together with real-time visibility thanks to the complex web tracking applications. The key benefits of Sewio RTLS solution is also easy commissioning, scalability and further also hardware and software customization regarding the customer requirements. For customers willing to evaluate and test the RTLS solution beforehand Sewio offers fancy RTLS Kit, which allows to track five objects in areas up to 5000 m2 (

On of the key application, where the Sewio product brings added value is mining safety. Their Proximity Detection System (PDS) features high-tech technology for monitoring presence of workers in proximity of machine. This PDS system consisting of set of UWB devices allows to stop the machine and alert the responsible person about the danger zone violation, see

Furthermore, the same system might be applied for tracking the laborer in the mine. The UWB systems also find customers in automotive, logistics, energy and chemical industries.

More info here.

Weightless-N Open Standard IoT network goes live across London

The Weightless SIG today announced the deployment of a Weightless-N Smart City network in the heart of the UKs capital. The network, operating on Nwave technology, has been deployed in conjunction with the Digital Catapult national centre to rapidly advance the UK’s best digital ideas, which is making available the infrastructure on which Weightless base stations are deployed.

Operating in sub-1GHz, licence-exempt ISM spectrum using ultra narrow band (UNB) technology, Weightless-N offers best-in-class signal propagation characteristics, leading to excellent range of several kilometres, even in challenging urban environments such as the city of London. Very low power consumption provides end points with exceptionally long battery life measured in years from small conventional cells, and leading edge innovation in design minimises both terminal hardware and network costs.

London is one of the worlds largest cities, the largest municipality in Europe with over 21 million people in a metropolitan area covering over 8000 square kilometres. Siting of base stations to support an efficient, low cost city-wide network is an important part of the deployment planning process.

We are delighted to be able to provide a platform to showcase Weightless-N technology, a key enabler for Smart City projects not just across the capital but around the world, said Peter Karney, Head of Engineering, Digital Catapult. We are looking forward to opening this up to our network to enable them to continue to showcase the UKs innovation in this area; we will be leading an open call in the near future allowing these innovators to register their interest in the project.

Network modeling predicts coverage encompassing well known London landmarks including Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and the Tower of London to the south and the Emirates Stadium to the north. Independent real world signal verification will shortly be carried out to provide an accurate coverage map and this will be published on the Weightless website when complete.

Yury Birchenko, CEO of Nwave Technologies, described the network as “a groundbreaking milestone – the first public network deployment from Nwave since the publication of the Weightless-N open standard”.

Weightless-N is designed around a differential binary phase shift keying (DBPSK) digital modulation scheme to transmit within narrow frequency bands using a frequency hopping algorithm for interference mitigation and enhanced security. It provides for encryption and implicit authentication using a shared secret key regime to encode transmitted information via a 128 bit AES algorithm. The technology supports mobility with the network automatically routing terminal messages to the correct destination. Multiple networks, typically operated by different companies, are enabled and can be co-located. Each base station queries a central database to determine which network the terminal is registered to in order to decode and route data accordingly.

More info here.

The Connected Car

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Post-doc Position at University of Trento, Italy

The D3S group at the University of Trento, Italy, invites applications for a post‐doctoral research position in wireless sensor networks.

In the context of WSNs, the D3S has been successful in bringing research results into real‐world, long‐term, operational deployments. Examples are the structural health monitoring of a medieval tower, and the closed‐loop control of lighting in a road tunnel. The scientific results of these projects received the Best Paper Award at IPSN (both in 2009 and 2011) and the Mark Weiser Best Paper Award at PerCom 2012. The WSN-based system deployed in the road tunnel has been granted an EU patent.

Other ongoing projects include: i) a project aimed at large-scale monitoring of the environment and the wildlife dwelling in it; ii) a cross-disciplinary project on smart spaces, iii) a follow-up project of the road tunnel deployment, investigating energy-harvesting devices and wireless actuation.

Although we emphasize real-world applications as a motivation and a concrete opportunity for the validation of our research, the latter is not limited to the immediate needs of WSN deployments. We perform a mix of curiosity-driven and application-driven research. The research challenges tackled by D3S span a broad set of topics, ranging from low-layer issues concerned with the characterization and design of communication protocols to higher-layer issues related with programming platforms and software achitectures for WSNs.

The successful candidate is expected to propose ideas and lead scientific efforts on ongoing research topics, and to coordinate the related activities of junior members of the team.

More information available here

EWSN 2015

The 12th European Conference on Wireless Sensor Networks (EWSN 2015) will be held in Porto, Portugal on 9-11 February 2015.

EWSN is a highly selective single-track international conference focused on publishing premier research results pertaining to networked sensing, broadly defined.

The organizers of EWSN 2015, the twelfth meeting in this series, are pleased to announce an updated scope that combines the traditional focus of this conference with emphasis on recent and emerging directions in networked sensing. These new and emerging directions include (i) study of networked sensing in the broader context of larger cyber-physical systems and Internet of Things architectures, (ii) investigation of mobile and human-centric sensing, (iii) exploration of large-scale data and information processing challenges.

CFP Highlights

* Extended Scope
EWSN 2015 will feature an updated scope, combining the traditional focus of this
conference with emphasis on recent and emerging directions in networked sensing.

* Updated Topics on Emerging Directions
In line with the extended scope, we are soliciting contributions to new and emerging
directions, such as: Human-centric sensing (e.g. crowd-sourcing/crowd-sensing, mobile
sensing) or big (sensor) data challenges (e.g. large-scale information processing,
analysis of sensor data).

* New Additional Paper Format
EWSN 2015 will introduce a smaller paper format for validated early ideas that can be
described by a more concise contribution. Therefore, we solicit two types of original
submissions for oral presentation: full papers (16-pages) and short papers (8 pages).

Topics of Interest

EWSN 2015 welcomes contributions describing original ideas, promising new concepts,
and practical experiences (experimental validation, rebuttal, and/or comparison of
existing approaches) that fall broadly in the following topics:

* Wireless sensor networks and protocols:
-Communication and network protocols
-Information and signal processing
-Software engineering for wireless sensor networks
-Programming abstractions and tools
-Hardware design and implementation
-Sensor network operating systems and resource management
-Cognitive sensor networks

* Sensor network applications and services:
-Sensing in cyber-physical systems
-Internet of Things
-Cooperative object architectures
-Novel uses of sensor data, including healthcare, body area networks, vehicular applications, and smart buildings
-Localization and tracking services
-Security and fault tolerance
-Sensor network middleware
-Models, systems, and experiences with humans as sensors

* Human-centric sensing:
-Crowd-sourcing/crowd-sensing challenges
-Mobile sensing
-Smart phone sensing applications
-Opportunistic, participatory, and social sensing

* Big (sensor) data challenges:
-Large-scale information processing, learning, mining, and analysis of sensor data
-Challenges in sensor data stream processing
-Networked data fusion challenges
-Prototypes, testbeds, field experiments

More information available here
Important dates

Paper registration: 8-Sep-2014
Paper submission: 15-Sep-2014
Paper notification: 16-Nov-2014
Camera ready: 7-Dec-2014

Post‐doc Position at University of Trento, Italy

The D3S group at the University of Trento,  Italy,  invites  applications for a post‐doctoral research position in wireless sensor networks (WSNs).

We are seeking a candidate to conduct research in the context  of a  funded  3‐year project, starting in 2014, aimed at large‐scale monitoring of the environment, and of the  wildlife  dwelling  in it.  To this end, the project employs a mixture of static and mobile (animal‐borne) WSN nodes, which are  used  in  synergy  with other  monitoring  technologies,  such as on‐board low‐resolution cameras and remote sensing.  As such, the project tackles several open research problems, for instance: protocols supporting opportunistic delivery of data (including camera snapshots)  from  the mobile WSN nodes; programming approaches enabling users to easily tailor the WSN to their application needs; models and  methodologies  guiding  the  integrated acquisition and use of the multi‐scale data provided by remote sensing and on‐ground WSNs.

The successful candidate is expected to propose  ideas  and  lead scientific efforts on the project research topics, and to coordinate the related activities of junior members of the team. The language of the research group is English.

D3S has a successful track of bringing research results into  real‐world,  long‐term,  operational  WSN deployments. Examples are the structural health monitoring of a  medieval  tower,  and  the closed‐loop  control of lighting in a road tunnel, which received Best Paper Awards at IPSN (2009 and 2011) and PerCom (2012).

The Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science is a leading and fast‐growing research institution, characterized by a young and international faculty and by a  large,  international student  population.   Indicators for scientific production place the department among the top in Europe. Trento is a vibrant  city with a beautifully preserved historic center, consistently ranked at the top for quality of life in Italy.  It offers a variety  of cultural and sports opportunities all year around, as well as excellent food and wine.

* Ph.D.  in  computer  science,  telecommunications,  or  related fields;
*  strong  programming  and systems skills: hands‐on knowledge of TinyOS and/or Contiki is very welcome, and so is experience  with building WSN in‐field deployments;
*  knowledge of WSN research: communication issues, MAC and routing protocols, programming platforms;
* good analytical, technical, and problem solving skills;
* good teamwork and organizational skills.

The position is intended to last 2 years  (with  an  intermediate evaluation  at  12  months)  and  can be extended. The indicative start date is February 2014, however other  start  times  can  be considered.

The deadline for applications is November 25, 2013.

Applications should contain, in a single PDF document:
* a cover letter stating the applicant’s research goals;
* a detailed CV including publication list;
* names and contact information for three references.

Applications should be sent via e‐mail (subject: “D3S postdoc application”) to gianpietro.picco(AT_symbol) For more information, please contact Prof. Gian Pietro Picco (gianpietro.picco(AT_symbol)

As a side note: Prof. Gian Pietro Picco is attending ACM SenSys in Rome next week, in case any candidate around wants to chat personally about the position and the project.


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