Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

CFP: ACM SenSys 2011

ACM SenSys 2011, Seattle, WA
November 1-4, 2011


IMPORTANT DATES:
Workshop Proposal Submission Deadline: February 25th, 2011
Paper Registration and Abstract: April 1st, 2011, 11:59 pm EST.
Paper Submission Deadline: April 8th, 2011, 11:59 pm EST.
Demo Submission Deadline: July 22nd, 2011, 11:59 pm EST.
Poster submission deadline: August 1st, 2011, 11:59pm EST.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Experience with real-world deployments and applications
• Resource management and OS support for sensing systems
• Energy management and harvesting for long-term operation
• Wireless communication systems and protocols for sensor networks
• Sensor network measurement and characterization
• Programming paradigms and models for distributed sensing
• Sensor network debugging, fault-tolerance and reliability
• Sensing, actuation and control in cyber-physical systems
• Sensor systems leveraging mobile phones, RFIDs, robots, etc.
• Distributed sensor data storage, retrieval, processing and management
• Approaches to sensor network architecture
• Sensor data quality, integrity, and trustworthiness
• In-network data reduction, inference, and signal processing
• Security and privacy in sensor networks
• Time and location estimation and management

More Info: http://sensys.acm.org/2011/

Monday, December 27, 2010

Introduction to security for smart object networks - Part 2: Guidelines and common misconceptions

"Part 2 of this white paper offers some guidelines for securing networks of smart objects and addresses some common misconceptions that often cause developers to avoid including security in smart object devices and networks."
Kurt Stammberger and Monique Semp, Mocana; M. B. Anand, Eka Systems, Inc.; David Culler, University of California, Berkeley


Page 1:Introduction to security for smart object networks - Part 2: Guidelines and common misconceptions 
Page 2: IPSec/IKE 
Page 3: Optimize Security for Smart Objects 
Page 4: Common Security Misconceptions 

Source: embeddedinternetdesign.com

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Wi-Fi Alliance fires back at GE endorsement of ZigBee | VentureBeat

"Earlier this month, GE officially endorsed ZigBee as the wireless standard of choice for smart appliances in a white paper, but the Wi-Fi guys aren’t having any of it.
The Wi-Fi Alliance released a statement yesterday denouncing the white paper as 'flawed' and 'inaccurate.' Though their response isn’t exactly a surprise, their counterargument merit a look."

Read More: here

Monday, December 20, 2010

CFP: IP+SN 2011 - Extending the Internet to Low power and Lossy Networks

IP+SN 2011
Extending the Internet to Low power and Lossy Networks

April 11th 2010
Chicago, Illinois
Colocated with CPS Week 2011
http://hinrg.cs.jhu.edu/ip+sn2011/

For nearly a decade, wireless sensor network research and development largely assumed that the Internet architecture was ill-suited for sensor networks. Many in the field argued that the Internet protocols were impractical for the resource constrained devices that were being embedded in the physical world; that the end-to-end architecture was inappropriate for the localized algorithms and in-network processing required to achieve robustness and scalability; and that an architecture designed to accommodate a wide range of applications was unnecessary as sensor networks would be tailored to specific target applications. In the past couple years, the Smart Grid push has placed a pressing need to deploy networks that have an unprecedented scale when compared to existing IP networks (e.g., 10 million end points within a single network targeted by utility manufacturers), allow multi-vendor interoperability, and utilize low-cost communication devices. Sensor networks are considered a natural fit for Smart Grid applications such as Automated Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and Home Area Networking (HAN). To address this need, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is working with researchers and practitioners to standardize protocols, such as 6LoWPAN and ROLL, for constrained networks. This workshop solicits articles that describe early experiences with such standards, papers that describe sensor network applications built on top of these standards, as well as research proposals regarding how to extend the standards.

Topics of Interest

Authors are invited to submit papers for presentation at the workshop. The topics of interest include theoretical and empirical work in, but not limited to:

* Experience with 6LoWPAN/RPL implementations
* Experience with IP-based sensornet deployments
* Interoperability results
* Applications of IP-based sensor networks
* Application-level protocols (e.g., work related to the IETF CoRE WG on CoAP)
* End-to-end, IP-based architectures that include sensor networks
* Experience with IP over low-power, duty cycled networks

Important Dates

* Submission Deadline: Feb 14th
* Acceptance Notification: March 4th
* Camera Ready Due: March 21st

Workshop Organization

Co-Chairs
* Andreas Terzis, Johns Hopkins University
* Jonathan Hui, Cisco Systems, Inc.

Technical Program Committee
* Fred Baker, Cisco Systems, Inc.
* Dominique Barthel, France Telecom
* Carsten Bormann, Center for Computing Technology (TZI)
* Thomas Heide Clausen, Ecole Polytechnique
* Adam Dunkels, SICS
* Omprakash Gnawali, Stanford
* Vipul Gupta, Oracle
* Jonathan Hui, Cisco Systems, Inc.
* Cullen Jennings, Cisco Systems, Inc.
* Philip Levis, Stanford
* Andreas Terzis, Johns Hopkins University
* JP Vasseur, Cisco Systems, Inc.

More: here

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

CFP: IEEE Communications Magazine Feature Topic Issue on The Internet of Things

IEEE Communications Magazine Feature Topic Issue on The Internet of Things

Important Dates
Paper submission deadline: January 15, 2011
Acceptance notification: May 30, 2011
Revised manuscript due: July 15, 20011
Final manuscript due: August 15, 2011
Publication date: November, 2011

Scope of the issue
This feature topic issue aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the state-of-the-art development in technology, application, and standardization in the field of the Internet of Things, and present an insight of future research opportunities and challenges in this field. The feature issue will consider original survey and research articles written in a tutorial style. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Network and system architectures of IoT
  • Sensing technologies for IoT
  • Short-range Communications for IoT
  • Sensor networking technologies for IoT
  • Access network technologies for IoT
  • Information processing, management, and distribution in IoT
  • RFID applications in IoT
  • Smart grid applications in IoT
  • Healthcare applications in IoT
  • Environmental monitoring applications in IoT
  • Intelligent transportation applications in IoT
  • Public safety in IoT
  • Security and privacy management for IoT
  • Application systems and testbeds for IoT
  • Standardization activities for IoT

Guest Editors
Dr. Jun Zheng
Dr. David Simplot-Ryl
Dr. Chatschik Bisdikian
Dr. Hussein T.

Read More: Here

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Introduction to security for smart object networks - Part 1: The smart object security problem | EmbeddedDesign

"This white paper discusses smart object applications and relevant threats, evaluates various approaches to securing against specific threats, offers some practical guidelines for building security into smart object networks, and tackles some common misconceptions about securing these devices."
Kurt Stammberger and Monique Semp, Mocana; M. B. Anand, Eka Systems, Inc.; David Culler, University of California, Berkeley

Page 1: Introduction to security for smart object networks - Part 1: The smart object security problem
Page 2: Smart Object Apps that Require Security
Page 3: The CIA Triad: Confidentiality, Integrity, Availability
Page 4: The Smart Object Security Problem
Page 5: Key Management... Without Public Key Cryptography
Page 6: Common Attacks & Countermeasures
Page 7: Enabling Smart Object Security: IEEE 802.15.4 "6LoWPAN"

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Peel uses Zigbee to turn your iPhone into Dongle-Free Universal Remote | Wired

"Peel is a very clever universal remote for your iPhone, combining hardware and software to both clear the mess off your coffee-table and recommend shows.

It works like this. The app, free from the App Store, provides a customized TV guide based on your favorite shows (you need to tell the app which shows you like). Pull up the main screen and you can flip through the night’s time slots and see only shows that you’ll like and that are available to you. And if you really like something, you can tweet it or share on Facebook direct from the app.

But that’s not all. Touch the show you want to watch and the hardware part takes over. A small puck sits on the table, beaming instructions to your cable-box. And a second dongle plugs right into an Ethernet port on your Wi-Fi router. These two talk to each other using the wireless Zigbee protocol and allow you to control the TV via Wi-Fi."

Read More: here via Wired

Wireless standards in action: A closer look at ISA-100.11a

A comprehensive overview of ISA-100.11a By Soroush Amidi.

Link: here

GE: ZigBee Beats Wi-Fi for Low-Energy Homes | GigaOM

"In the race between ZigBee and Wi-Fi for networking energy-aware homes, GE is leaning toward the low-power winner. According to a GE white paper released Thursday, ZigBee uses less than half the average power that Wi-Fi does — a fact likely to cement its place as the main technology to link GE’s smart appliances and its Nucleus home energy hubs."

Read More: here

Free Webinar: Smart Grid's appeal at the appliance level | Appliance DESIGN.

"Energy efficiency goes the full circuit with the growing application of smart grid infrastructure. Smart meter technology to the home by utilities is just one step. There is plenty of juice to impact dramatic energy savings from home appliances. So it’s time for investing in making appliances smart grid enabled. Smart Grid’s Appeal at the Appliance Level brings together experts from various perspectives to provide a realistic business bottom line on communications to and from appliances and home systems, consumer needs and perceptions, utility advances, government incentives and what different technologies appliance designers and manufacturers can incorporate into their products to connect into the smart grid."

Participants:

Maggie McFadden Shein, Editor in Chief for appliance DESIGN.
Geoff Mulligan, IPSO Chairman, ISPO Alliance
Wade Patterson, CEO, Synapse Wireless
Bill Ablondi, Director, Home Systems Research, Parks Associates
Bill Romick, VP, Business Development at the DNA Group, Inc.
Brenton Judge, Corporate Engineering Director at Defond Group

Link: here

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Notes from Korea by Pat Burns | Dash7 Blog

by Pat Burns
"I had the pleasure of being the one of the keynote speakers at last week’s RFID/USN conference in Seoul where I was able to share thoughts on DASH7 with probably the greatest concentration of RFID and sensor networking leadership in one room that I have seen in a while. Put simply, Korea as a nation “gets” the IoT and the cooperation across industries and technologies, including government support, is a role model for other nations. Most important takeaway for me: the convergence of “RFID”, “USN” or “WSN” as it is more commonly referred to in N America and the EU, and cellular. I saw many examples of all of these technologies rapidly combining in novel ways that suggest the “old” labels for these technologies are probably not going to apply for long. Most importantly, from a DASH7 perspective, is the bridge between “active” RFID and WSN — different standards bodies, different ecosystems, and slightly different applications, but it is becoming extremely clear that both the active RFID camps and the WSN camps are going to have to collaborate more closely in the interests of interoperability for customers. We are already doing this within DASH7, but I suspect we will do even more of it in the future.

If you have not attended this event in the past, I would strongly recommend marking this event on your calendar for December 2011 if you are interested in staying close to the global IoT leadership taking place in Korea."

Source: Notes from Korea | Dash7 Blog

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Sprint, Digi Introduce First Commercial 4G Routers

Digi International and Sprint have partnered to provide the first commercial-grade integrated 4G routers for connectivity to remote sites, devices and device/sensor networks via 4G networks.
...

The Digi Connect WAN 4G has flexible device interfaces including RS-232 serial, USB and Ethernet for device connectivity. The ConnectPort X4 4G features ZigBee to WiMAX, so it can connect to ZigBee-enabled wireless devices or sensors on a network. For harsh environments, there is a version that comes with a NEMA X4/IP66 enclosure

Read More: here

Thursday, December 2, 2010

SGIP readies 3 new standards, plans to build database for them | SmartGridToday

"The Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) and some standards development organizations (SDOs) finished joint initial work on three standards, and SGIP will now build a database that NIST, FERC, utilities and vendors can use to ensure smart devices and meters work together securely, the group's governing board said yesterday.  But one challenge still facing the year-old SGIP is to ensure smart meters connecting to HANs through early versions of the ZigBee communications protocol are not marginalized by that standard's subsequent progress."


Read More: SGIP readies 3 new standards, plans to build database for them | SmartGridToday

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

GE creates home energy unit in smart-grid play

"General Electric has created a Home Energy Management business in a bid to apply digital technologies to energy efficiency in consumers' homes and the electric grid, the company said today.
The business unit, part of GE Appliances & Lighting, combines "smart" appliances and an Internet-based home energy management system called Nucleus, which is set for release next year.
By making a single business unit for home energy, GE is trying to focus its efforts on consumer interest in smart-grid technologies geared at using energy more efficiently, the company said."


GE's Nucleus software displays real-time and historical energy use. (Image courtesy: GE | CNET)

Read more: GE creates home energy unit in smart-grid play | CNET News

Smart Metering Leader Itron Joins IPSO Alliance

Goal to drive adoption of full end-to-end IP solutions for utility metering

Colorado Springs, CO – Dec. 1, 2010 – The IPSO Alliance, the organization defining the “Internet of Things,” today announced that Itron has become a Promoter member of the IPSO Alliance. By working with IPSO, Itron aims to drive and support full end-to-end IP solutions for the smart metering and smart grid markets. Itron’s products and solutions provide critical knowledge empowering customers to make informed decisions about the distribution and use of energy and water.

“As a leading global supplier of end-to-end solutions, Itron is pleased to be part of IPSO and we look forward to working with like-minded organizations to promote the use of IP for networking solutions,” said Patrick Mortel, Smart Metering Director, Itron International. “IP is a secure solution based on open standards which allows for interoperability, a key part of Itron’s philosophy. A secure, interoperable solution is vital to ensure the successful implementation of the Smart Grid,” he added.

“Having Itron join IPSO further solidifies IP as the technology best suited to provide a consistent and reliable way to deliver Smart Energy technology and solutions into homes and businesses,” said IPSO’s Chairman, Geoff Mulligan. “We look forward to working with Itron on their efforts to deliver globally a more secure and intelligent energy infrastructure.”

As a promoter member Itron may participate in meetings and committees, use the Alliance’s technical guidelines and case studies; demonstrate their products at meetings, trade shows and other Alliance events. They also will be able to qualify their products and services in the interoperability program.

About Itron
At Itron, we’re dedicated to delivering end-to-end smart grid and smart distribution solutions to electric, gas and water utilities around the globe. Our company is the world’s leading provider of smart metering, data collection and utility software systems, with nearly 8,000 utilities worldwide relying on our technology to optimize the delivery and use of energy and water. Our offerings include electricity, gas, water and heat meters; network communication technology; collection systems and related software applications; and professional services. To realize your smarter energy and water future, start here: www.itron.com.

Source: IPSO Alliance

Sunday, November 28, 2010

CFP - IEEE Network Magazine - Special Issue on Communication Infrastructures for Smart Grid

Call For Papers

IEEE Network Magazine

Special Issue on Communication Infrastructures for Smart Grid

Important Dates:

Manuscript Submission: February 1, 2011
Notification of Acceptance: May 1, 2011
Final Manuscript Due: July 1, 2011
Publication: September 2011

Scope

The papers in this special issue will focus on research and experiments in various aspects of smart grid communication infrastructures. We solicit papers covering various topics of interest that include, but not limited to the following:
• Demand Response
• Network Resource Optimization
• Congestion Management for Smart Grid Communications
• Self-healing and Self-optimizing Networking
Networking for Smart Grid (e.g. ROLL, 6LoWPAN, IP)
• Cyber Security and Privacy
• Field Trials
• Regulatory Issues
• Standardization and Interoperability

Manuscript Submission

Articles should be of tutorial in nature and authors must follow the IEEE Network guidelines for preparation of the manuscript and its format. For details, please refer to the "Guidelines for manuscripts" at the IEEE Network magazine web site at http://dl.comsoc.org/ni/. Manuscripts should be submitted in PDF format with a separate cover letter, which contains the paper title, authors, affiliations, complete contact information (indicating the primary contact author), a 250-word abstract, and 3-5 keywords, via an e-mail to all of the guest editors. Papers outside of the scope of this special issue will be rejected; authors uncertain about the relevance of their paper should inquire with the guest editors before submission.


Guest Editors

Woon Hau Chin
Toshiba Research Europe Limited
w.h.chin@ieee.org

Rose Qingyang Hu
Research In Motion
rosehu@ieee.org

Nada Golmie
National Institute of Standards and Technology
nada.golmie@nist.gov

Yi Qian
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
yqian@ieee.org

Saturday, November 27, 2010

NFC 2.0 and the Internet Of Things | Dash7 Blog

"By now many of you have read about Google’s announcement about putting support for NFC into Android. Coupled with Nokia and RIM’s announcements of their intentions, and at least the *rumors* of Apple’s intentions, it’s very clear that NFC’s moment in the limelight is quite near. Advance kudos to all the folks in the NFC community that have labored for years to get to this point as the idea of ditching my credit cards in favor of a mobile phone is a great idea whose time is past due.
So for mobile payments, NFC has a clear and well-defined role to play in the marketplace.Where NFC has struggled is in getting merchants to implement the necessary infrastructure to support NFC and this, as I’m told, remains an issue. But similar to debit cards, the customer will soon demand NFC support from their favorite merchants and merchants will have little choice but to comply. So in just a few years, every major merchant that you and I interact with *offline* will accept NFC-based payments.""
Read More: here

Monday, November 22, 2010

IEEE Launches Smart Grid World Forum Virtual Conference

PISCATAWAY, N.J., USA, November 22, 2010 – IEEE, the world's largest professional association advancing technology for humanity, today announced that full-length videos of panel discussions and other activities that are part of the first IEEE Smart Grid World Forum will be available for online viewing. The IEEE Smart Grid World Forum Virtual Conference will provide coverage of the event, taking place in Brussels, Belgium on December 2-3, 2010. With in-person registrations at capacity, the videos will provide anytime, anywhere access to expert viewpoints for individuals unable to attend the event.

WHAT: The first IEEE Smart Grid World Forum Virtual Conference will focus on state-of-the-art Smart Grid developments in Europe. The Forum series is a global platform for collaboration to support and promote the Evolution of Smart Grid, and help develop a clear road map towards accelerating Smart Grid advancements worldwide.

WHEN: The fully indexed, easy to navigate video sessions will be available as soon as:
· Day One: December 3rd (from Dec 2 sessions)
· Day Two: December 4th (from Dec 3 sessions)

WHERE: Available for a discounted rate of $325.00, individuals can register in advance, during or after the IEEE Smart Grid World Forum to receive access to the exclusive video materials recorded during the Brussels event at: link

Conference Program: here

Saturday, November 20, 2010

OpeniPhone by OpenWSN

Awesomeness! 

"We have been looking for a few months at the best way to add an IEEE802.15.4 interface to a smart phone. This article details the steps to do so on a iPhone. Specifically, we use a GINA mote running the OpenWSN stack; the jailbroken iPhone runs Python script which is is part of OpenWSN."



Demo: Link

Read More: OpeniPhone by OpenWSN

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

CFP: IEEE Communications Magazine - Network and Service Management series

Submission deadline: December 1, 2010


Call for Papers

IEEE Communications Magazine - Network & Service Management Series

Issue: July 2011 (submission deadline: December 1st)

IEEE Communications Magazine has been publishing a series related to Network and Service Management since 2005. The series appears twice a year: it was originally published in April and October and since 2009 it is published in July and December. The series provides articles on the latest developments in this well-established and thriving discipline. Published articles are expected to highlight recent research achievements in this field and provide insight into theoretical and practical issues related to the evolution of network and service management from different perspectives. The series provides a forum for the publication of both academic and industrial research, addressing the state of the art, theory and practice in network and service management. Both original research and review papers are welcome, in the style expected for IEEE Communications Magazine. In particular articles summarizing the results of large research projects, including PhD thesis, are suited for this series. Articles should be of tutorial nature, written in a style comprehensible to readers outside the speciality of Network and Service Management. This series therefore complements the now established IEEE Transactions on Network & Service Management (TNSM) – http://www.comsoc.org/tnsm/. General areas include but are not limited to:

* Management models, architectures and frameworks
* Network and service provisioning, reliability and quality assurance
* Management functions
* Management standards, technologies and platforms
* Management policies
* Applications, case studies and experiences

The above list is not exhaustive, with submissions related to interesting ideas broadly related to network and service management encouraged.

IEEE Communications Magazine is read by tens of thousands of readers from both academia and industry and has a 5-year impact factor of 3.3, which is amongst the highest in the field. The published papers will also be available on-line through IEEE Xplore and Communications Magazine Interactive, the WWW edition of the magazine. Details about IEEE Communications Magazine can be found at http://www.comsoc.org/ci/.
Important dates:

Manuscripts due: December 1, 2010
Acceptance notification: March 31, 2011
Publication date: July 2011

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Perytons Ltd.: Perytons Expands Analysis of 6LoWPAN / IP Networks

"Perytons, the leading provider of analyzers for standard and proprietary communication protocols, announced today the release of its latest analyzer version V3.21, addressing important new features and improvements requested by partners and customers. The new release also includes special protocol views and features for analyzing the frequently used IP over 802.15.4 based networks - 6LoWPAN."


Read More: Perytons Ltd.: Perytons Expands Analysis of 6LoWPAN / IP Networks - tmcnet

Wireless Sensor Networks Aid Midmarket | Michael Singer

"Midmarket companies looking to keep a better handle on their operation costs could certainly benefit from a dose of wireless sensors, according to a new report.

Sensors, GPS mobile devices, and radio frequency ID (RFID) tags are being embedded across enterprises big and small -- from supply chains and healthcare networks to manufacturing and transportation systems. The technology carries asset information so that enterprises can effectively manage and control systems.

Over the next five years, wireless sensor networks (WSNs) are expected to become more prevalent in enterprise applications, according to a new report by Research and Markets . Midmarket companies in particular will be driven to look for options that will conserve installation and operation costs, analysts with the firm note.

But outside of RFID and GPS technologies, there are a lot of WSN standards to choose from for enterprises. And unfortunately, many of the technologies are still in a development phase. Low-rate, wireless, personal-area networks (IEEE 802.15.4), EnOcean, Bluetooth Low Energy,Dash7Wavenis, low-power WiFi, and ZigBee are often cited during evaluations.
So how does a midmarket enterprise choose wisely when looking to build smarter wireless sensor networks?"

Read More: Wireless Sensor Networks Aid Midmarket Internetevolution.com
Source: UBM TechWeb

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

IPSO Alliance Announces Free Technical Webinar Series

Sessions to Address Growing Demand for Users Implementing IP for Smart Objects

Colorado Springs, Colo. –Nov. 9, 2010 – The IPSO Alliance, the organization defining the “Internet of Things,” today announced a series of free technical webinars that will take a deep dive into why Internet Protocol (IP) is a long-lived, stable, and highly scalable communication technology that supports both a wide range of applications, devices, and underlying communication technologies. The three webinars will be 40-minute live sessions structured to give providers, integrators, device makers and others the technical information needed to optimize the use of IP for smart objects.

“IPSO has produced a number of whitepapers which provide an in-depth analysis of various IP topics,” said JP Vasseur, chairman of the Technical Advisory Board (TAB) committee. “The webinar track we put in place will provide a condensed technical overview of the essential information one needs to make the Internet of Things a reality.”

November 30, 2010 at 8:00AM PST-“6LoWPAN for IP Smart Objects,” will provide attendees information on where 6LoWPAN fits within the IPv6 architecture and to what scenarios it is applicable. The session will also focus on how 6LoWPAN efficiently transports IPv6 datagrams and the necessary services needed to maintain an IPv6 sub network.

December 14, 2010 at 8:00 AM PST- “RPL – The Routing Protocol for the Internet of Things,” will provide a technical overview of RPL, the routing protocol for IP smart object networks that has been specified by the IETF ROLL Working Group. The session will also provide an overview of applications of RPL such as smart grid and smart cities and an analysis of other use cases.

January 18, 2011 at 8:00 AM PST- “Embedded Web Services,” will cover how new standards are enabling embedded web services for even the most constrained IP smart objects and networks. Today web services are key to powering modern enterprise IT systems. Web service technology is playing an equally important role as IP smart objects are rapidly being integrated into backend systems in applications such as smart energy, building automation and asset management.

Attendees can ask questions at the end of the presentations.

Source: IPSO Alliance

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Wi-Fi and HomePlug Powerline groups join forces | CNET News

"The Wi-Fi Alliance and HomePlug Powerline Alliance have joined forces to promote the adoption of powerline and Wi-Fi networking technologies in smart-grid applications, which could mean more streamlined connectivity for consumers.

The Wi-Fi Alliance tests and certifies Wi-Fi products, including Wi-Fi Direct, to ensure their interoperability, and the HomePlug Powerline Alliance does the same thing for powerline devices.

The agreement, announced today, enables cooperative efforts for the joint technical review of Wi-Fi Alliance's and HomePlug's specifications and standards that facilitate interoperability of smart-grid applications. Both parties will also promote the adoption of wireless and powerline technologies.

The collaboration is a rather natural next step, as both groups have been participating members in the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel, a forum for the ongoing development for the smart grid. The Smart Energy 2 Applications Profile (SEP 2.0) was selected last year by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Institute of Standards and Technology as an initial interoperable standard for smart energy management with home area network devices.

The Wi-Fi Alliance and the HomePlug Powerline Alliance are now collaborating to enable SEP 2.0 applications to operate across a diverse mix of wireless and wired networks. The liaison between the two groups is effective immediately."

Source: CNET News

Watteco Develops Ultra-Low-Power IP Smart Grid Communications Solutions

Embedded Multi-Chip Solution Initially Targeted at SmartPlug Applications for HOMES Collaborative Innovation Program in France


SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Watteco (www.watteco.com), a French System-on-Chip (SoC) manufacturer of “no new wire” Power Line Communication (PLC) modems for energy efficiency and intelligent home control applications, today announced it is collaborating with Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) on an ultra-low-power, intelligent communications solution that will enable the next generation of connected appliances. Designed for Smart Grid applications, the system combines Watteco’s WPC™ PLC technology with TI’s MSP430™ microcontroller (MCU) for low-power energy-management applications. For more information on TI’s ultra-low-power MSP430 MCUs, please visit www.ti.com/msp430.
The first prototype for the jointly developed multi-chip module will be a SmartPlug reference design created specifically for the HOMES collaborative innovation program led by Schneider Electric and launched by 13 industrial and research partners in 2008.
“The SmartPlug is a Plug & Control solution that will enable the creation of a Home Area Network (HAN) over the residential electrical wire simply by connecting devices over a home’s electrical wiring,” explained Didier Pellegrin, HOMES program manager. “Based on the 6LoWPAN protocol network, this solution offers an easy way to develop a smart communication platform that enables interoperability between a combination of wireless and PLC devices in a home environment.”

Read More: BusinessWire

Friday, November 5, 2010

Internet Society’s Rough Guide to IETF 79’s Hot Topics


IETF 79 in Beijing is rapidly approaching (7-12 November). Newcomers’ training and technical tutorials take place on Sunday (7 November), with the working group, BoF, and plenary sessions happening during the week.

Once again, the Internet Society is pleased to bring you our regular rough guide to the sessions most relevant to our current work.
We have turned our attention to the following broad categories:
- Common and Open Internet
- Global Addressing
- Security and Stability
- Trust and Identity

Read More: ISOC Newsletter

Contiki 2.5 Release Candidate 1 Avaliable - Adam Dunkels SICS

"Contiki 2.5 release candidate 1 it out! Contiki 2.5 brings many improvements over previous releases, such as an implementation of the IETF RPL protocol, an experimental implementation of the IETF CoRE CoAP protocol, the new ContikiMAC radio duty cycling protocol, a complete rework of the Contiki collect address-free data collection protocol, as well as a number of new platforms. The purpose of the release candidate is for people to download and test, to help us find any remaining show-stopper bugs.
Download the code here and read on for details.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Race Is (Still) On: ZigBee vs. WiFi for Smart Energy Homes | GigaOm

"In the race between the wireless standards ZigBee and WiFi to network homes to enable smart energy management, ZigBee has so far taken the lead. But that doesn’t mean that Wi-Fi is giving up its push into the smart energy home. The two camps have made much of their comparative advantages in the field — but at the same time, both are working on making their technologies interoperable. So which is better for home energy management?"

Read More: Here (GigaOm)

Monday, October 11, 2010

Presentation: Building the Web of Things with Sun SPOTs

Building the Web of Things with Sun SPOTs

Vipul Gupta
Distinguished Engineer, Sun Labs

David G. Simmons
Member of Technical Staff, Sun Labs

Presentation Link: Here

More Info: Here

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

CFP: DesignMED Call For Abstracts

DesignMED
February 8 – 10, 2011
Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, CA

The deadline to submit abstracts for 60-minute, application/technology-based classes/tutorials at DesignMED 2011 is Friday, October 29, 2010.

The technical program at DesignMED will consist of approximately 30 classes/tutorials.

The tracks which may interest you are

Personal and Home Healthcare: This tracks wraps up many of the technologies covered in other tracks, like wireless/networking, safety and security, and human-computer interfaces. Personal and home healthcare ranges from inexpensive battery-powered devices found in the local pharmacy to high-end monitoring devices that talk (either through a wire or wirelessly) to some larger monitoring system. Hence, the discussions will include low-power design, techniques for disposable devices, and tele-health.

Wireless/Networking: This track will cover all the wired and wireless technologies/protocols that are being (and) implemented for medical devices, as well as those that may be deployed in the future. In addition to covering remote patient record access, classes may cover topics such as Bluetooth, ZigBee, IPv6, 6LowPAN, other protocol standards, etc. It will also touch on the related security aspects.

More: DesignMED Call For Abstracts

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Presentation: A Billion Devices at Your Service - Adam Dunkels

"A Billion Devices at Your Service"
by
Adam Dunkels, Swedish Institute of Computer Science, SE
at
Sensors Symposium 2010, Stockholm 15-16 September

Link: Here

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Presentation: ZigBee Smart Energy by Tobin Richardson

A presentation on ZigBee Smart Energy
by
Tobin Richardson
Director, Smart Energy
ZigBee Alliance
(www.zigbee.org)
presented at Smart Homes 2010 Vienna, Austria
22 September 2010

Link: here

Monday, September 27, 2010

IPSO Whitepaper: A survey of several low power Link layers for IP Smart Objects


A survey of several low power Link layers for 
IP Smart Objects

Internet Protocol for Smart Objects (IPSO) Alliance
White paper # 6


by
JP Vasseur, Distinguished Engineer, Cisco
Paul Bertrand, Founder Watteco,
Bernard Aboussouan, VP Marketing, Gainspan
Eric Gnoske, Atmel
Kris Pister, Chief Technologist, Dust Networks
David Culler, Chief Technology Officer, Arch Rock
Roland Acra, CEO, Arch Rock
Allen Huotari, Technical Leader, Cisco



Link: Here (Pdf)

Sunday, September 26, 2010

CFP: IEEE Communications Magazine, Special Issue on Future Internet Architectures: Design and Deployment Perspectives

*Call for Papers*

*IEEE Communications Magazine*
*Future Internet Architectures: Design and Deployment Perspectives*

*Important Dates*
Manuscript submission deadline: December 1, 2010
Author notifications: April 1, 2011
Final manuscripts due: April 15, 2011
Expected publication date: July, 2011

*Scope*
This IEEE Communications Magazine special issue (feature topic issue) aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the state-of-the-art in research and technology for "Future Internet", and present a holistic view of research challenges and opportunities in the coming Internet era. Original research on overarching architectures for the future Internet with deployment plans is solicited. Suggested topics include but not limited to the following:

  * Requirement modeling of future Internet services/applications
  * Service oriented architectures for the future Internet
  * Security architectures for the future Internet
  * Energy efficient protocol/architecture designs
  * Future Internet devices
  * Economic Models for the future architectures and solutions
  * Mobility in future Internet, effects of wireless and location awareness
  * Role of network virtualization and cloud computing
  * Future Internet and its social benefits
  * Management, tools, and regulations
  * Quality of Services
  * Standardizations, policies and legislation
  * Cyber-physical, where the digital and real lives overlap
  * Flexibility and Programmability

More Info: http://dl.comsoc.org/ci1/info/cfp/cfpcommag0711.htm

Friday, September 24, 2010

IETF Energy Management (EMAN) Working group approved!!

Energy Management (eman) working group

Description:

Energy management is becoming an additional requirement for network management systems due to several factors including the rising and fluctuating energy costs, the increased awareness of the ecological impact of operating networks and devices, and the regulation of governments on energy consumption and production.
The WG will investigate existing standards such as those from the IEC, ANSI, DMTF and others, and reuse existing work as much as possible. The EMAN WG will work on the management of energy-aware devices, Covered by the following items:

1. Requirements for energy management.
The EMAN WG will develop a requirements document that will specify energy management properties that will allow networks and devices to become energy aware. In addition to energy awareness requirements, the need for control functions will be discussed. Specifically the need to monitor and control properties of devices that are remote to the reporting device should be discussed.

2. Energy management framework.
The EMAN WG will create a framework document that will describe extensions to current management framework, required for energy management. This includes: power and energy monitoring, power states,
power state control, and potential power state transitions. The framework will focus on energy management for IP-based network equipment (routers, switches, PCs, IP cameras, phones and the like).
Particularly, the relationships between reporting devices, remote devices, and monitoring probes (such as might be used in low-power and lossy networks) need to be elaborated. For the case of a device reporting on behalf of other devices and controlling those devices, the framework will address the issues of discovery and identification of remote devices.

3. Energy-aware Networks and Devices MIB document
The EMAN WG will develop a MIB module for monitoring energy-aware networks and devices. The module will address devices identification, context information, and potential relationship between reporting
devices, remote devices, and monitoring probes.

4. Power and Energy Monitoring MIB document The EMAN WG will develop a document defining managed objects for monitoring of power states and energy consumption/production. The monitoring of power states includes: retrieving power states, properties of power states, current power state, power state transitions, and power state statistics.
The managed objects will provide means for reporting detailed properties of the actual energy rate (power) and of accumulated energy. Further, it will provide information on electrical power quality.

5. Battery MIB document
The EMAN WG will develop a document defining managed objects for battery monitoring, which will provide means for reporting detailed properties of the actual charge, age, and state of a battery and of battery
statistics.

6. Applicability statement
The EMAN WG will develop an applicability statement, describing the variety of applications that can use the energy framework and associated MIB modules. Potential examples are building networks, home energy
gateway, etc. Finally, the document will also discuss relationships of the framework to other architectures and frameworks (such as smartgrid).
The applicability statement will explain the relationship between the work in this WG and the other existing standards such as those from the IEC, ANSI, DMTF, and others.

IoT Expert Group

by Duncan Wilson - EmTech Primer Blog

"For the past couple of days I have been in Brussels at the first meeting of the Internet of Things Expert Group. Introduced by Gerald Santucci and hosted by Manuel Mateo from EC DG INFSO the meeting introduced the background to the group and actions needed going forward. The focus of the group is to deliver policy recommendations to EU in 2 years time. The group has been established as a result of a previous expert group on RFID (2007-2009). It has stakeholders from a diverse range of industries (see list at bottom) and a framework for discussion has been presented as a result of EC research on this theme over past 5 years. The main action points include:

- governance (how is identification structured, who assigns ID, who is accountable, what decentralised architecture, socio economic implications such as access and exclusion)

- privacy and protection of personal data (communications on trust and privacy, "right to silence the chips", "privacy by design" ie one of the primary technology blocks from outset not added in as required functionality later)

- trust, acceptance and security [individual | business] (following ENISA work on identification of risks)

- standardization (extend existing to cover IoT, develop / extend new given emerging IoT)

and the group will also:

- feed opinion into FP7 projects and CIP's for innovation / pilot projects
- institutional awareness - inform other European institutions about IoT
- international dialogue - japan, china, korea, usa
- waste - pros and cons in recycling process
- focus on development - monitoring introduction of IoT tech (Eurostat starting to monitor)"

More: EmTech Primer blog post
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More info on IoT Expert Group:
Expert Group on the Internet of Things set up ,
Communication from the Commission entitled ‘Internet of Things — An action plan for Europe
And
Council is part of the High Level Group on IoT from the European Commission

ZigBee Alliance Establishes New European Headquarters - SensorMag

EU headquarters will focus on driving Smart Grid standardization efforts and addressing EU specific market needs for ZigBee Alliance members.

SAN RAMON, CA -- The ZigBee Alliance, a global ecosystem of companies creating wireless solutions supporting energy management in residential, commercial and consumer electronics applications, announced Larry Taylor as director of European standards development and the head of its new European office located in Cambridge, U.K. Taylor, who has more than 20 years of experience with International Standards, will lead a team responsible for expanding the Alliance's efforts in addressing the European Union (EU)'s specific needs in energy management standards and Smart Grid activities. The European HQ will also focus on supporting its growing European-based membership and expanding its growing role in EU implementations of ZigBee Smart Energy in wireless advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and home area networks (HAN).

More than 150 Alliance members, or 40 percent of the Alliance's membership, have European operations focused on ZigBee-related projects. The European HQ will help foster new partnerships with energy-related EU organizations while bolstering efforts with existing collaborations with the European Smart Metering Industry Group (ESMIG) and the Device Language Message Specification (DLMS) User Association. The European HQ will expedite ZigBee's growing emergence as the leading choice for wireless EU Smart Grid projects and promote greater adoption of other innovative ZigBee standards offering solutions for consumer electronics, home automation, health care and telecom.

More: SensorMag

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Yaler - access small devices from the Web

"A few lines of code make your embedded or mobile device accessible, no matter if it's behind a firewall, a NAT or a mobile network gateway. Publishing your web service through the Yaler REST API requires just a TCP Socket and some basic HTTP. On the client side a standard Web browser is all it takes to remotely monitor and control your device."



Download

Get the latest source code with hg clone http://hg.yaler.org/yaler or download it as a ZIP file.

Source: http://www.yaler.org/

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Arrayent, Inc. Releases the First Tool Kit to Enable Two-Way Communication Between Embedded Wi-Fi® Designs and Web Applications Hosted on the Internet

Cool~! Embedded WiFi gaining momentum!

Arrayent’s Internet-Connect Tool Kit™ Enables Embedded System Designers to Connect Their Embedded Wi-Fi Products to Internet-based Web Applications and Browsers at Low System Cost

Arrayent, Inc., who sells an end-to-end communication system that enables product companies to connect their products to Internet services at low cost and high reliability, announced today the availability of its Internet-Connect Tool Kit™ for Embedded Wi-Fi® applications. The Arrayent Tool Kit enables embedded system designers using Microchip Technology Inc.’s Wi-Fi modules to connect their Wi-Fi enabled products to web applications hosted in the “Internet cloud.”

“Microchip has architected our agency-certified Wi-Fi modules to enable the Internet connection of embedded microcontrollers to a Wi-Fi local area network,” said Tyler Smith, Microchip RF Products Division Marketing Manager. “Arrayent’s Internet-Connect Service complements our embedded Wi-Fi technology by enabling Wi-Fi connectivity and communication with Internet-connected devices outside the LAN.”

More: Businesswire

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire Arch Rock


Acquisition Complements Collaboration Between Cisco and Itron to Enable True IP-Standards-Based Smart-Metering Communications



SAN JOSE, Calif. - Sept. 2, 2010 - Cisco today announced its intent to acquire privately held Arch Rock Corporation, a pioneer in Internet Protocol-based wireless network technology for smart-grid applications. Based in San Francisco, Arch Rock will accelerate Cisco's ability to facilitate the utility industry's transition to an open and interoperable smart grid by enabling Cisco to offer a comprehensive and highly secure advanced metering infrastructure solution that is fully IP and open-standards based.
"Arch Rock's wireless mesh technology enhances Cisco's IP-based, end-to-end smart-grid offerings," said Laura Ipsen, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco's Smart Grid business unit.  "This acquisition further positions Cisco as a strategic partner to utilities working to better manage power supply and demand, improve the security and reliability of energy delivery, and optimize operational costs."
Arch Rock's technology is designed to enable utilities to connect smart meters and other distributed intelligent devices over a scalable, highly secure, multi-way wireless mesh network.  The acquisition complements the recently announcedstrategic alliance  between Itron and Cisco to develop solutions that enhance smart-metering technology. 
Arch Rock brings to Cisco a proven team that has been a leader in the research and development of wireless networking for smart-grid applications. Upon the close of the acquisition, the Arch Rock team will become part of Cisco's industry-leading Smart Grid business unit. Financial terms of the transaction are undisclosed. The acquisition is subject to various standard closing conditions and is expected to be complete in the second half of calendar year 2010.
Source: CISCO

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

De-Mystifying Smart Grid Standards - Introduction to IEC 61968 - ArchRock

If a utility Common Information Model (CIM) is essential for guaranteeing true end-to-end open standards-based Smart Grid communications, a major challenge is the requirement that it cover all domains and data exchanges in electrical networks.  (Similar challenges exist for water and gas networks.)
The disparate and distributed applications a utility runs to manage electrical distribution networks range from distribution management to system outage-management, planning, metering, work management, geographic information, asset management, customer information and enterprise resource planning systems.  Obviously a set of interfaces and a common language must be defined under a Distribution Management System (DMS) framework.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

DASH7 Alliance Announces Updated Standard For Wireless Sensor Networks

San Ramon, CA, USA – July 20, 2010. The DASH7 Alliance (http://www.dash7.org), a non-profit industry consortium that promotes the use of the ISO 18000-7 standard for wireless sensor networking, today announced the release of an updated specification for the ISO 18000-7 standard for wireless sensor networking that enables tag-to-tag communications, improved location precision, over-the-air configuration, and higher data rates.
The Mode 2 specification was submitted as a new work item to the ISO 18000-7 standards committee following approval by the DASH7 Alliance, which today includes more than 50 participants from 23 countries.  The full Mode 2 spec is available today to DASH7 Alliance members and will be available to the public in ISO in mid-2011.

De-Mystifying Smart Grid Standards - Common Information Model (CIM)

"The “De-mystifying Smart Grid Standards” series started by reviewing new networking specifications - IEEE 802.15.4g, 15.4e, RoLL - part of the end-to-end Smart Grid communications architecture. The adoption of a TCP/IP-based framework for network communications enables Smart Grid applications to develop independently of the lower layers’ evolution and to leverage the standards-based two-way communications capabilities for important benefits such as:
  • Load control
  • Dynamic pricing
  • Outage detection
  • Distributed energy resource (DER) control signals
  • On-demand read
But TCP/IP does not address the challenges of data representation and exchange within and between Distribution Management Systems such as these Smart Grid domain/sub-domain examples:
  • Customer domains
    • Business/building Area Networks (BAN)
    • Home Area Networks (HAN)
    • Industrial Area Networks (IAN)
  • Operation domains
    • Monitoring
    • Control
    • Fault management"
More: Archrock Blog

Friday, July 16, 2010

CouchDB 1.0 Released

"As in our project we needed a (quickly setup, reliable, and flexible) backend system to store sensor data, I played around with CouchDB as I wanted to explore a RESTful data store. As a matter of fact, the version 1.0 was released just a few minutes before I installed it. First impression, wow. Sleek, pretty fast, damn easy to use, flexible as any software should be (not the conventional click and run install, but damn well documented installation). I have to admit I’m impressed by the quality of this release, just as much as by the documentation.
I think this is the best option out there to store relatively low-frequency changing data, such as device metadata, information about locations, etc, but I really wonder how it performs for high-frequency data, such as sensor samples. Considering that it is a document store (for JSON data for example), I wondering how it handles the storage of thousands of incoming “documents” per second. This question is certainly worth exploring and I will hopefully be able to share some insights on this question soon.
In the meanwhile, we are looking forward to hear about your experiences with Web-oriented datastores."
Source: webofthings.com

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Interviews at Career Development Conference by SmartGridCareers

Some interesting interviews on Smart Grid Industry Trends by SmartGridCareers.com

Link: here

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

De-Mystifying Smart Grid Standards – IETF RoLL overview

An excellent overview of what's happening at IETF RoLL WG

"At the upcoming IETF 78 meeting, the Routing over Low power and Lossy Networks (RoLL) Working Group – co-chaired by Arch Rock CTO Dr. David Culler – will review the IPv6 Routing Protocol for Low power and Lossy Networks (RPL) core draft prior to an expected “last call.” Acceptance – after potential modifications – will mean the protocol specifications would be published as a Request for Comment (RFC) and be implemented by vendors.


IP routing is a key feature for the Smart Grid industry. By implementing RPL, the Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) will benefit from basic IP routing characteristics such as:
  • Dynamic discovery of network paths and destination “reachability”
  • Ability to adapt to logical network topology changes, equipment failures or network outages “on the fly”
  • Independence from data-link-layer technologies
  • Different AMI networks’ exit paths through multiple edge routers for high availability and load balancing"

Read More: Archrock Blog

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Web Services for Smart Objects- Part 3 available now

The last part, A real-world web service system for smart objects, is also available now.

Web Services for Smart Objects - EE Times
 The following excerpt from the book "Interconnecting Smart Objects with IP: The Next Internet", by Jean-Philippe Vasseur and Adam Dunkels, offers an overview of web services and how they can enable smart objects to be efficiently integrated into existing IT and enterprise business systems.

Web Services for Smart Objects -Part 1: Overview
Web Services for Smart Objects - Part 2: Performance considerations
Web Services for Smart Objects -Part 3: A real-world web service system for smart objects.

Source: EmbeddedInternetDesign - EETimes

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Video: Vint Cerf Smart Grid Talk

An interesting talk by Vint Cerf also known as the "Father of the Internet" ^^.


Video 1

Video2

Friday, July 9, 2010

CoAP Plugfest at IETF-78 in Maastricht

CoAP Plugfest at IETF-78 in Maastricht
Plugfest Technical Information

  • Chat: irc.freenode.net #coap
  • Default port: 61616
  • IP version: IPv6 by default, IPv4 optional

coap-01 test servers already on-line

  • Basic header and option header support
  • Content-Type and Uri-Path Option support
  • GET support
  • Synchronous transactions with CON, NON, ACK, RST
  • Unicast and multicast support (no retransmission)

Minimal CoAP server configuration
  • Basic header and option header support
  • Content-Type and Uri-Path Option support
  • GET support
  • Synchronous transactions with CON, NON, ACK, RST
  • Static /.well-known/r resource list
  • Unicast and multicast support
Minimal CoAP proxy configuration
Just in case someone wants to try out proxying (CoAP-CoAP or CoAP-HTTP), here are the minimal requirements in addition to those above:
  • Uri-Scheme and Uri-Authority support
  • Caching, Max-Age and Etag support

Optional feature sets

  • POST, PUT, DELETE support
  • Asynchronous transaction support
  • Retransmission
  • Max-Age, Etag and Location Option support
  • Caching
  • Dynamic /.well-known/r with query string support
Experimental features for verification

Source: IETF

Sunday, July 4, 2010

"Integrating Android apps with RESTful web interfaces" Hands-on at OSCON

Taken from Official Android Developers Blog

"This year at OSCON we and O’Reilly are co-presenting Android Hands-on. The event is on the evening of Wednesday, July 21 after the Expo-hall reception. Led by Google Android experts, the Hands-on will run from 7:00 pm-10:00 pm, and will be intense, technical, and structured. The goal is that you leave the room with foundation skills for writing interesting code for an open-source stack that runs on a pocket-sized Internet-connected device.


Some specific topics we’ll cover:
-Porting existing C codebases to Android
-Integrating Android apps with RESTful web interfaces
-UI patterns and best practices

Sign-up in advance is required, and is restricted to registered full conference attendees and speakers. Spaces are limited and will be given out on a first-come-first-served basis."

More: http://android-developers.blogspot.com/2010/06/hands-on-at-oscon.html

Video - IPSO Alliance: Promoting the use of IP for Smart Objects - EngineeringTV

Electronic Design's Bill Wong talks with Chairman Geoff Mulligan about IPSO Alliance, an open, informal and thought-leading association of like-minded organizations and individuals that promote the value of using the Internet Protocol for the networking of Smart Objects



Source: EngineeringTV

Video: “Navigating the Web of Things” demo by Alcatel-Lucent

"The Web of Things builds on the Internet of Things, proposing the extension of the Web to the physical environment of the user. Using Web design principles, one can create services and applications which interact with the real world, and the objects that compose it. In this demo, Mathieu Boussard, Bell Labs Application domain, shows the home of a user through a number of connected objects, as well as objects in a remote location, the interaction between these objects and devices, and the creation of services through three interfaces."



Source: http://www2.alcatel-lucent.com/blog/tag/internet-of-things/
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