Saturday, January 30, 2010


"IoT for a Green Planet"
International Conference for Industry and Academia
November 29 - December 1, 2010
Royal Park Hotel, Tokyo, Japan

Important dates
Paper submission due: June 1, 2010 [NEW]
Workshop proposal due: June 1, 2010 [NEW]
Notification of acceptance: July 1, 2010
Camera-ready submission of accepted papers: August 1, 2010

Dash7 Wireless Networking Gains Momentum- IEEE Spectrum

umm.. is wavelength the deciding factor? .. can Active RFID threat the current technologies? 

"Wireless data networks are sprouting up like daisies. Wi-Fi hot spots have proliferated. Bluetooth personal-area networks are everywhere. And the push to make electric grids smarter is bringing with it a proliferation of ZigBee radios that use the airwaves to connect electric meters, lamps, light switches, thermostats, and appliances. So it might come as a surprise that yet another wireless-networking scheme, called Dash7, is entering the fray—and appears to be gaining traction. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) first ratified the standard behind Dash7 in 2004, and it continues to be refined. Like Bluetooth and ZigBee, it's intended for low-power, low-bandwidth digital communications. But Dash7 hardware is designed to use even less power than other schemes, making it especially appropriate for such things as radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags, which must work for years without any external power source."

Read More: Dash7 Wireless Networking Gains Momentum - IEEE Spectrum

Thursday, January 28, 2010

An Update on China's Internet of Things

Late in 2009, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao called in a speech for the development in China of the “Internet of Things” -- the use of wireless sensor networks to manage a range of processes in industry and government. Wen’s speech was followed by an announcement from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) making the Internet of Things a priority and establishing a working group on wireless sensor networks.

Wuxi Institution of Internet of Things - Image Courtesy Wuxi Daily

The basic application of Internet of Things in China can be traced back to the “Golden Card Project” in 2004 that initiated a number of trial industry uses of RFID technology in a range of applications, including the following:

-Agriculture apps, such as pig and ox raising
-Meat food processing
-Mining industry applications
-Supply chain management
-Package delivery and luggage handling
-Electronic customs and border processing

Read More: InternetEvolution - An Update on China's Internet of Things

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

South Korea Aims To Develop Enhanced Food Tracking System | BERNAMA

SEOUL, Jan 27 (Bernama) -- South Korea aims to develop a new food tracking system that could generate up to 12 trillion won (US$10.3 billion) worth of new business opportunities every year, a state-run research institute said Wednesday.

Citing the Korea Food Research Institute (KFRI), Yonhap news agency reported that the "u-Food System" to be developed by 2014 will be designed to follow and record the condition of food products from the farm to consumers.

Some 12.5 billion won project includes the creation of working testbeds that make extensive use of radio frequency identification (RFID) tags, ubiquitous sensor networks (USN) and other advanced information technology (IT) products.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Inside Contactless and TazTag Partner on NFC Apps | RFID Journal

Inside Contactless, a provider of contactless chip technologies, has partnered with TazTag, a company specializing in contactless solutions leveraging Near Field Communication (NFC) and ZigBee standards, to develop and bring to market a variety of secure, NFC-based, multi-application contactless solutions. The duo has already integrated Inside Contactless' MicroRead NFC chip into TazTag's TazCard, an NFC electronic wallet (e-wallet) and platform for developing e-wallet applications (such as ticketing, payment, loyalty and more), and TazKiosk, an interactive NFC kiosk for use with the TazCard.

Image Courtesy: TazTag

The TazCard is a special-purpose, Java-based tablet computer, approximately the size of a credit card. It features a 3.5-inch color touch screen, biometric authentication, audio output, data storage and a tamper-resistant secure element, and offers USB and 6lowPAN communications (6lowPAN is an IETF standard for IPv6 over low-power wireless networks), in addition to the NFC functionality provided by the MicroRead chip. "The TazCard represents a new class of versatile NFC devices that will open the door to a broad range of new NFC applications, and we are very excited to be participating with TazTag in the development of their innovative NFC products," said Bertrand Moussel, an executive VP of sales for Inside Contactless, in a prepared statement.

Source: RFID News Roundup - RFID Journal | © Copyright 2002-2010 RFID Journal LLC.

Arrayent Called The Cisco of Internet of Things | ReadWriteWeb

The company has identified the following applications as potential markets for it to pursue:

- Energy and water monitoring and control from a smartphone or web browser.
- Home control (door locks, home security, window shades, smoke alarms, pipe freeze alarm, flood alarms, power strips, thermostats, appliances.)
- Toys and entertainment devices such as e-book readers, personalized radio, and connected physical toys.
- Home health and presence monitoring that connect patients to doctors and family members.
- Automobile location services, remote control access, and engine monitoring.

Image Courtesy: ReadWriteWeb

Arrayent is an interesting company, because it has correctly identified a gap in the massive consumer products market. According to the company, most consumer product companies "lack Internet-connect expertise." I agree with that assessment and think that Arrayent is positioning itself well to provide that expertise.

Given the potential of Internet of Things to revolutionize consumer products - because a great many more products will become Internet-connected in the coming years - we're picking Arrayent as one to watch.

Read More: Arrayent Called The Cisco of Internet of Things - ReadWriteWeb

Monday, January 25, 2010

South Korea May Spend $24 Billion on Smart Power Grid by 2030 - Bloomberg

By Shinhye Kang

Jan. 25 (Bloomberg) -- South Korea, Asia’s fourth-largest energy user, may spend about 27.5 trillion won ($24 billion) by 2030 building so-called smart power grids.

The private sector is expected to invest 24.8 trillion won, with the balance being met by the government, the Ministry of Knowledge Economy said today in an e-mailed statement.

Image Courtesy:

Smart grids deliver electricity to consumers from producers using digital technology that reduces costs, saves energy and increases reliability. General Electric Co. said in February that the market for the networks would grow to $12 billion in five years.

South Korea’s adoption of the technology may cut its greenhouse-gas emissions by 230 million metric tons and reduce crude oil imports by 440 million barrels by 2030, according to today’s statement. The investment will also create 50,000 jobs a year, it said.

Today’s statement also said the government aims to open 27,000 battery charging stations by 2030 for electric vehicles.

Source: BloomBerg
Read More on Gov't plans to build nationwide 'smart grid' by 2030 | Yonhap News

Video: DecaWave ScenSor in Action

This shows some applications of DecaWave's ScenSor IC, an IEEE 802.15.4a UWB (ultra wide band) standard compliant RF (Radio Frequency) transceiver that enables precision RTLS (Real Time Location Systems) applications. The ScenSor is also applicable to Wireless Sensor (Mesh) Networks (WSN) where it delivers higher-speed and lower-power data transfer compared to other 802.15.4 PHY implementations as used by ZigBee, 6LoWPAN, and proprietary WSN. The ScenSor enables thing-to-thing (T2T) communications bringing the vision of an Internet of things (IoT) closer to reality.

In the video:

(1) Precise distance measurements are used to determine proximity and... (a) enable/disable devices (LapTop), (b) find lost items (Laptop and Teddy Bear), (c) enable access (opening door for doctor), (d) identify nearby patient info and so download correct records to doctor, (e) advise of approaching friends....

(2) An in-store location application guides shopper to the goods she desires

(3) proximity of tagged clothing, prompts suggestion of available matching shoes.

(4) Information transfer capability is seen as patient data is loaded.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

TI hits home run with Chronos sportswatch wireless dev kit- EETimes

The Texas Instruments product management team knew they were on to something as they prepped for the November '09 launch of the eZ430 Chronos low-power wireless MCU development kit, but they had no idea that within weeks it would surpass the 5,000-unit mark and in doing so leave previous kit-launch records in the dust.

"We knew we had a hit," said Adrian Valenzuela, TI's MSP430 marketing manager, "but this has far exceeded our expectations." The previous record was 1,000 kits in that same timeframe.

The eZ430 Chronos integrates a customizable wireless development kit into a fully-functional sports watch. Yes, you can develop applications while diving at a depth of up to 30 m. Image Courtesy: EETimes

The kit itself (view full presentation here) has a host of advanced features. It's based on the company's CC430 low-power wireless MCU and includes a three-axis accelerometer, temperature, pressure and altitude sensors, voltage and battery sensors, a two-wire JTAG interface, 96-segment LCD and a buzzer. It's also supported by a complete hardware and software development community.

All are excellent, but what separates the kit from its TI predecessors, or any such kit to date, is its form factor: it comes as a fully functional sports watch for $49.

Read More: EETimes- TI hits home run with Chronos sportswatch wireless dev kit

Video: 2010 ZigBee Alliance Update - Engineering TV

At CES 2010, Electronic Design's Lou Frenzel had a chance to chat with Bob Heile, Chairman of the ZigBee Alliance, who updates us on how ZigBee gives consumers new ways to control lighting, HVAC, water, appliances and security systems from anywhere. The ZigBee Alliance is an association of companies working together to enable reliable, cost effective and low-power wirelessly networked monitoring and control products based on an open global standard. For more information, visit ZigBee Alliance

Elsevier's Information Fusion Journal, SI on "Localized Algorithms for Information Fusion in Resource-Constrained Networks"

Elsevier's Information Fusion Journal, Special Issue on "Localized Algorithms for Information Fusion in Resource-Constrained Networks"

Submission Deadline: February 28, 2010
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