Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The ZigBee Alliance and Continua Health Alliance Collaborate to Expand Telehealth Capabilities

The ZigBee® Alliance and the Continua Health Alliance announced a liaison agreement to expand their relationship and collaborate further on defining interoperable communication standards for personal health solutions on low-power local area networks (LAN). Personal health solutions allow individuals to be checked remotely by families and healthcare providers with an array of medical and activity devices that increase individual independence, improve safety and personalize health and wellness management.

ZigBee and Continua will work together to expand the ZigBee Health Care public application profile to define and certify capabilities specific to personal health solutions. ZigBee Health Care was selected in June by Continua for use in professional settings, homes, recreation centers and large campuses and will be included in an upcoming version of Continua Health Alliance's Design Guidelines for interoperable personal health solutions. ZigBee Health Care offers Continua's 200-plus members a ready-to-implement solution featuring interference-free and secure wireless connectivity, capable of supporting thousands of devices on a single network. These solutions will reliably monitor and control wide-ranging devices, designed to help aging and physically challenged people remain independent.

Great Introduction to Contiki - SICS

The D-NET researchers from INRIA have ported Contiki to their WSN430 platform as part of the SenseTools project. They have written a great introduction to Contiki that is well worth a read by anyone interested in how Contiki works. They have also gone through a number of Contiki examples with excellent walkthroughs.

For more tutorials on Contiki you can follow the following link:
Two Contiki Summer 2009 Tutorials - SICS

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


The 5th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Distributed Computing in Sensor Systems (DCOSS)
Santa Barbara, California, USA
June 21 - 23, 2010,


Submission Deadline: 11:59PM EST Feb 2, 2010
Notification: March 26, 2010
Camera Ready: April 7, 2010

IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON AUTOMATIC CONTROL Special Issue on Wireless Sensor and Actuator Networks

Special Issue on Wireless Sensor and Actuator Networks

Paper submission: DEADLINE: February 1, 2010;
Acceptance: August 2010;
Tentative Publication: May 2011.

Monday, December 14, 2009

CitiSense: Cellular Environmental Monitoring

CitiSense, a cell-phone based sensor network system, has won a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop and deploy hundreds of small environmental sensors carried by the public in San Diego.

The goal of CitiSense is to build and deploy thousands of small environmental sensors that use cell phones to relay data. The sensor-wearing public may also wear biological monitors, collecting basic health information, such as heart rate. The data will be analyzed, anonymized and reflected back out to individuals, public health agencies and San Diego at large.

More: Link

6LowApp BOF at IETF 76, Hiroshima by Barry Leiba

6lowapp — Application Protocols for Low-power V6 Networks BOF
The 6lowapp BOF aimed to look at protocol issues for low-power V6 applications, to identify potential work in that area. The organizers have a number of application domains in mind; the two that were particularly presented in the BOF are home and building automation (having, for example, every lamp in the building as a separately addressable/controllable device, in addition to dealing with HVAC, fire control, building security, etc.) and power-system management (smart meters, remote-controllable thermostats, etc.).

Some versions of much of this stuff is working now, in limited environments. The goal here is to generalize the solutions and standardize protocols to be used. The key is the initial scope of the work. The BOF presented two protocol ideas, based on REST (representational state transfer) concepts: one for “Constrained Application Protocol” (CoAP), and one for “Constrained-to-General- Internet Intermediates” (CoGII). Service discovery, device discovery, and system security are key points (and there was discussion of the difference between channel security (where (D)TLS may be used) and object security (where CMS may be used)).

Significant issues/questions:

Questions about how much of this fits into the IETF, and how much is already being done in industry consortia and other SDOs.
Concern about timeline, need for speedy development, normal IETF timeframes. Will the industry be willing to wait for IETF process? Counter: significant momentum behind this, might be able to move through the IETF quickly.
Concern that this be general, not just restricted to constrained environments/devices.
Concern about the CoGII portion, related to location of CoGII intermediary, interaction with REST, and other issues.

Consensus is to work on the CoAP side, but to drop CoGII. The group will move ahead with charter plans.

More: Link

EWSN 2010: Call for Posters (Dec. 20th)

European Conference on Wireless Sensor Networks (EWSN 2010)
February 17-19, 2010, Coimbra, Portugal

Important Dates (subject to change, please check website for latest dates):

Posters and demos submission: Dec. 20, 2009
Poster and demos notification: Jan. 5, 2010
Posters and demos camera ready: Jan. 12, 2010

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Home Energy Management Users Will Reach 28 Million by 2015

Amid historic volatility in energy prices and heightened concern about energy security and climate change, energy management and energy efficiency are hot topics. Tens of millions of smart electric meters are slated for deployment in the next few years, in addition to a broad array of other smart grid enhancements. And consumer interest in energy issues is higher than it has been in decades. According to a new report from Pike Research, this groundswell from consumers, together with a strong push from electric utilities, will create a substantial market for home energy management systems and energy information displays (EIDs), which the firm forecasts will include 28.1 million users worldwide by 2015.

More: Link
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