Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Top 10 Internet of Things Products of 2009

2009 has been a turning point for the Internet of Things, when real world objects (such as lights, cars and packages) get connected to the Internet. This trend has added a significant amount of new data to the Web, so for that reason alone it is an important development. Having said that, many of the following top 10 list are not yet mainstream products. But we expect some of them to become well known over the coming years.

Underlying the Internet of Things are technologies such as RFID (radio frequency identification), sensors and smartphones. Now let's look at the 10 products that stood out this year.

Link: Top 10 Internet of Things Products of 2009

Atmel Introduces Low-Power, Single-Chip Wireless Microcontroller Family for Growing IEEE 802.15.4 Market

picoPower AVR and RF transceiver on single-chip reduces overall system BOM and enables faster time-to-market without compromising performance

San Jose, CA, December 8, 2009 - Atmel® Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML), a leader in touch and microcontroller-based solutions, today announced a new family of AVR® wireless microcontroller (MCU) devices targeting wireless applications such as ZigBee® and IPv6/6LoWPAN. The ATmega128RFA1 is IEEE 802.15.4 compliant and combines Atmel's picoPower® AVR MCU and a 2.4 GHz RF transceiver. Atmel's picoPower technology offers ultra-low power consumption to ultimately enable longer battery life for wireless ZigBee applications, including smart energy, building automation, telecom and health care. ATmega128RFA1 is supported by Atmel's QTouch® Library, making it easy to combine capacitive touch functionality with RF in a single chip.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

KOREN DCN & OpenFlow Technical Workshop

KOREN DCN & OpenFlow Technical Workshop

Dec. 14th – 15th, 2009, Renaissance Seoul Hotel
Sponsored by NIA, KOREN Users Forum, OSIA TG-NM
Organized by KT Central R&D Laboratory, KESG

Invitation by Organizing Committee Co-Chairs

Research on the Next Generation Internet has been done for more than 10 years to support the ubiquitous Internet service which has made research on the IPv6 and BcN almost complete. But as it is considered it’s difficult to provide ubiquitous high-quality Internet service(NGN) based on the existing Internet, the FIND project for research on Future Internet Architecture in the United States was started in 2003. Among the fundamental issues and subjects of the Future Internet architecture and test-bed research, are there BcN and OpenFlow technologies. As such in order to utilize and renovate KOREN as R&D test-bed for research on the Future Internet, KESG(KOREN Engineering Study Group) is now holding this brainstorming workshop which I hope will be a great discussion place and time for KOREN’s future development plan shared by you.

- Organizing Committee Co-chairs: Choong Seon Hong (Kyung Hee University)
Jaehwa Lee(KT)
- Program Committee Co-chairs: Wang-Cheol Song (Jeju National University)
Seung-Joon Seok (Kyungnam University)
Members: Deokjai Choi (Chonnam National University)
Sueng-Yong Park (Yonsei University)

More: Link

IETF Journal: A Talk with Geoff Mulligan of the IPSO Alliance

The IETF Journal sits down with Geoff Mulligan, chair of the newly formed IPSO (IP for Smart Objects) Alliance, to discuss why he believes that IP offers the most promising means for connecting smart objects.

Geoff Mulligan of the IPSO Alliance

The IETF Journal asks him the following questions: (For the answers click here)

What was the motivation behind the formation of the IPSO Alliance and what is the organization’s mission?
Can you briefly describe what you mean by the Internet of Things?
Is the Internet of Things connected to the Internet that we know today?
What is a smart object?
How is the work of the IPSO Alliance related to the IETF? And what kinds of work are you personally doing with the IETF?
What protocol work currently being done in the IETF is important to the IPSO, and when would you like to see those specs completed? Did you identify things the IETF needs to be doing that have not yet been done?
What is the smallest device or object that can be addressed with an IP address?
What are the privacy concerns with this kind of technology?
What is the relationship between this work and radio-frequency identification [RFID]?
Is there anything else you would like us to know about the work being done by the IPSO Alliance?
Answers: Here

6LoWPAN book's lecture slides available at

The companion lecture slides for 6LoWPAN: The Wireless Embedded Internet have now been released on The Book page of This first part of the book’s course material includes a suggested course syllabus, and 115 of lecture slides in both PowerPoint and PDF formats. This overview of the book is a good tool for lecturers, students and professionals alike. The slides have been released under a creative commons by-nc-sa license to encourage re-use. The companion exercise slides for Contiki are planned for release in the near future.

Links to the syllabus and lecture slides:

6LoWPAN Book Course Syllabus (PDF)
6LoWPAN Book Lecture Slides (PPT)
6LoWPAN Book Lecture Slides (PDF)

We hope everyone finds these useful!


A talk on "Testbeds of IP-USN in Korea" by Prof. Ki-Hyung Kim

The presentation can be found on the following link:

Testbeds of IP-USN in Korea - Ki-Hyung Kim

Monday, December 7, 2009

GainSpan Receives Wi-Fi Alliance Certification for Its 802.11b/g Sensor Reference Design

SAN JOSE, CA -- 12/07/09 -- GainSpan® Corporation, a leader in highly integrated low power Wi-Fi semiconductor solutions, has been awarded the Wi-Fi Alliance's Wi-Fi CERTIFIED(TM) seal of approval for its 802.11b/g Sensor Reference design. GainSpan is the first ultra low power Wi-Fi design to achieve certification for enterprise level security as well as personal security.

The GainSpan 802.11b/g Sensor Reference design is certified for both WPA(TM) and WPA2(TM) and all EAP types including EAP-TTLS, PEAPv0, PEAPv1 and EAP-FAST. GainSpan is the only low power Wi-Fi chipmaker to bear this distinction.

Geoff Mulligan's talk at Grid-Interop 2009

Geoff Mulligan, chair of IPSO, appeared at Grid-Interop 2009 in Denver, CO, 17-19 November. He participated with other industry leaders in a panel discussion entitled "Communications Interoperability", a 90-minute session focusing specifically on the value for deployment to the Smart Grid of broadly vetted communications standards like the Internet Protocol.

The presentation can be found on the following link:
Grid-Interop 2009- Geoff Mulligan

Smart Cities and Internet of Things

The theory of Internet of Things led to the development of a non-profit organization that is creating a standardized protocol for communication amongst those things. The Internet Protocol for Smart Objects [IPSO] Alliance, funded by companies such as Cisco, Sun Microsystems and Ericsson, aims to promote networking amongst smart objects and deliver information gathered by those objects.

Incheon Metropolitan City in Korea, Cisco is transforming their Free Economic Zone (IFEZ) into a center for globalization expertise, driving "better city management, enhanced quality of life for citizens, and support[ing] sustainable economic development."

Cisco has taken this thinking one step further in their Sustainable Urbanization program. They are developing a holistic, global, intelligent urban initiative to create intelligent cities.

Video: (click here if the video doesnt show up in the feed)

For example, for Incheon Metropolitan City in Korea, Cisco is transforming their Free Economic Zone (IFEZ) into a center for globalization expertise, driving "better city management, enhanced quality of life for citizens, and support[ing] sustainable economic development."

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