Friday, January 15, 2010

CFP: Measurement Science & Technology Journal: Special Issue on Wireless Sensor Networks

Measurement Science and Technology Journal (Institute of Physics)
Special Issue on Wireless Sensor Networks: Designing for Real-World Deployment and Deployment Experiences

Important dates
Extended abstract deadline: 15 March 2010 (by email to
Manuscript submission deadline: 31 March 2010
Expected publication date: December 2010 (available online from November 2010)

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Video: Contiki-based WSN management tool, developed by VTT

Wireless sensor network management API is tool for wireless sensor application developers. API provides an easy, fast and resource efficient interfaces (web / Java) to create, manage and confiqure / optimitze of wireless sensor system. API is implemented on Contiki OS as open source code.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Introduction to Contiki from VU Brussels - SICS

The Computational Modeling lab at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels has put together an introduction to Contiki , with instructions for getting started with Contiki and Instant Contiki, how to compile Contiki and get data from the serial port of a Tmote Sky, as well as a detailed list of some of the example programs  in the Contiki distribution, including the shell, the Contiki collect program, and the web server.
Source: SICS/Contiki

Upcoming Talk by Geoff Mulligan at Grid ComForum

IEC Grid ComForum - February 2-3, 2010

Santa Clara Convention Center
Santa Clara, California

Join the IPSO Alliance at the upcoming Grid ComForum - Empowering Grid Communications - in Santa Clara, California on February 2nd and 3rd. Geoff Mulligan, IPSO Chairman, will be leading a plenary panel discussing the benefits of using IPv6 to enable Smart Grid communications. Come listen to IPSO panel presenters from Cisco, Duke Energy and Google.

To learn more visit the website at: and

Verizon Wireless: We’ve Got An Open IP Smart Grid Network, Too - Earth2Tech

Ambient has developed an “X-3100 smart grid node” that can extend Verizon Wireless’ 3G network via communications standards Wi-Fi, power line carrier, Zigbee and WiMAX communications technology. In other words the companies are saying that utilities that sign up for their open IP smart grid network will, like other open IP networks, be able to connect to the common IP broadand standards. But of course, utilities will be using 3G for the backbone of the network, which is not an open IP network.

More: Earth2Tech

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Zigbee interface converts standard switches to wireless devices

Intelligent Distributed Controls (IDC) is launching the ZB107 Wireless Switch Interface. Designed to mount directly onto standard pushbuttons or pull switch enclosures in place of the normal cable gland entry, the Zigbee-compatible unit accommodates up to 16 inputs. Offering the advantage of very low power consumption, the ZB107 requires just two AA batteries that last for years without replacement in most applications.

The ZB107 is designed to act as a wireless end node in a Zigbee wireless network. Zigbee operates at 2.4GHz on a licence-free IEEE 802.15.4 international standard, providing secure and robust wireless coverage over distances of up to 100m, with network extension possible via routers for longer distances.

Image Courtesy: EngineerLive

Typical applications for the ZB107 include pushbutton stations, pull cord operation for 'Andon' call and progress monitoring in manufacturing operations, level monitoring in bunkers and tanks, traffic light control and mobile plant interlocking. The photo shows the ZB107 coupled to a Bernstein Pull Switch.

Source: EngineerLive

Smart Power Directorate established at IETF

As a result of the Smart Grid Bar Bof at IETF 76 in Hiroshima, Smart Power directorate has been established at IETF.

Smart Power Directorate

Advice and Coordination
Reports to the General Area Director (currently the IETF Chair), and provides coordination between the IETF and others working on Smart Power.

There are many initiatives to couple delivery of electricity with the data communications used to control and monitor the electricity generation, delivery infrastructure, and consuming devices. The U.S. Smart Grid is one such initiative. A smart grid includes an intelligent monitoring system that keeps track of all electricity flowing in the system, and it employs two-way communications to reduce cost, improve reliability, and increase transparency.

Recognizing that a smart grid has many similarities to the "Internet of Things", developments associated with the use of Internet protocols to connect many devices without human users can be applied without enhancement to a smart grid.

The Smart Power Directorate provides review and coordination on the use of Internet protocols to provide smart grid communications. The goal is to point other organizations to relevant IETF documents and provide review of documents from other organizations that depend upon Internet protocols. If the directorate identifies a gap that requires new work in the IETF, the directorate will raise the issue with the IESG. The directorate will not develop new protocols or enhance existing ones. This review and coordination will require expertise from all of the Areas in the IETF.

Mail List
The Smart Power Directorate can be reached at

Source: IETF

ISO 18000-7 and the DASH7 Alliance

DASH7 is an ultra-low power (coin cell batteries) wireless sensor networking technology originally created for military use and now being repurposed for commercial applications. DASH7's has a range of more than 2 kilometers, 10 year battery life, "mesh" capabilities, and penetrates concrete and water.

Also known as ISO 18000-7, DASH7 is an open standard operating in the unlicensed 433 MHz spectrum with support for sensors, encryption, and other features. 433 MHz is available for use worldwide and can be used to monitor temperature of flu vaccines, monitoring the exact pressure in automobile tires, monitoring electrical usage in a building, or monitoring CO2 emissions from a vehicle.

More: Wikipedia and

Monday, January 11, 2010

EURASIP JWCN Special Issue on Design, Implementation, and Evaluation of Wireless Sensor Network Systems

Special Issue of EURASIP JWCN on Design, Implementation, and Evaluation of Wireless Sensor Network Systems

Guest Editors: Jiangchuan Liu, Jiannong Cao, Xiang-Yang Li, Limin Sun, Dan Wang, Edith C.-H. Ngai

Manuscript Due February 15, 2010
First Round of Reviews May 15, 2010
Publication Date August 15, 2010

This special issue aims to summarize the latest development in the design, implementation, and evaluation of wireless sensor systems. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

* Practical architecture and protocol design for sensor communications and networking
* Management, monitoring, and diagnosis of sensor networks
* Implementation and measurement of experimental systems and testbeds
* Experience with real-world deployments of wireless sensor networks
* Interactions with ubiquitous communication and networking infrastructures
* Novel killer applications of wireless sensor networks


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

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--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.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

"Interconnecting Smart Objects with IP: The Next Internet" by Adam Dunkels and JP Vasseur

Adam Dunkels, the author of the Contiki operating system and the uIP and lwIP embedded IP stacks, and JP Vasseur, the chair the Technology Advisory Board of the IPSO alliance and the co-chair of the ROLL (Routing Over Low power and Lossy networks) Working Group, are launching their new book "Interconnecting Smart Object with IP - The Next Internet".
It is to be published in June 2010.

You may preorder it on Amazon:

The book covers: background: wireless sensor networks, ubiquitous computing, computer networking; technology: hardware and software, low-power communication with 802.15.4 and WiFi, power line communications (PLC), the Internet Protocol stack, IPv6, UDP and TCP, REST and web services, security, 6LoWPAN header compression, RPL routing; smart object applications: the smart grid, smart cities, building automation, home automation, industrial automation.
The initial table of Contents can be found here. (We hope they can include Contiki exercises too)

Control4's networked home energy system with Zigbee-enabled thermostat

Control4's foray into home energy management was prompted by requests from utilities seeking a company with experience in home networking, according to CEO Will West.

The company, which does home automation software, at CES showed its Energy Management System (EMS) 100, a combination of a Zigbee-enabled thermostat and touch-screen energy controller for viewing home energy data and accessing other applications. The package is set for completion April.


The Control4 Energy Management System includes a touch-screen controller which talks to a smart meter thermostat via Zigbee.
Image Courtesy: Martin LaMonica/CNET

Because Control4's technology is extensible, the energy controller can be a portal for different applications, such as deciding when to charge a plug-in electric car, or news and weather, company executives said. The controller shares information with the smart meter through Zigbee and can get information from a home Internet connection using Wi-Fi. The company launched an app store this week, which features two energy-related applications written by third parties.
More: CNET CES 2010 Blog

GE Smart Home-Energy Panel uses ZigBee® for appliance management

GE is introducing an in-home, multi-function energy information panel that will give consumers insight and control to help them manage energy usage and understand costs. The sleek, touch-screen panel will wirelessly connect to a household’s smart meter, appliances and thermostats, via ZigBee® or Wi-Fi®, to gather information, manage usage and deliver the real-time knowledge that empowers smarter energy choices.

Read More: Business Wire

HotEMNETS 2010 - 6th Workshop on Hot Topics in Embedded Networked Sensors

HotEMNETS 2010 - 6th Workshop on Hot Topics in Embedded Networked Sensors
Killarney, Ireland

June 28-29 2010

Important Dates

Papers Due: February 22, 2010
Notification: April 15, 2010
Camera Ready: May 10, 2010
Conference: June 28-29, 2010
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

- Validation/refutation of prior results
- Applications beyond data collection
- Application experiences: measurements, lessons learned
- Future applications: requirements and challenges
- Integration of sensor networks and IP networks
- Hardware platforms, tradeoffs, and trends
- Data and network storage
- Delay-tolerant networking
- Management, debugging, and troubleshooting
- Network and software reliability
- Network and system architectures
- Software bug detection and tools
- Energy sources, scavenging, and low-power operation
- Human-Computer interfaces for sensor nets

General Chair:
Dirk Pesch, Cork Institute of Technology

Program Co-Chairs:
Adam Dunkels, SICS
Akos Ledeczi, Vanderbilt University
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