Friday, February 5, 2010

CFP: Mobihoc 2010 (Deadline Approaching)

MobiHoc 2010- The 11th ACM International Symposium on Mobile Ad Hoc Networking and Computing

Planned for September 2010, Chicago, IL, USA
Sponsored by ACM SIGMOBILE

Paper Abstract Registration: February 12, 2010
Paper Submission Deadline: February 19, 2010
Notification of Acceptance: June 4, 2010
Camera-Ready Version Deadline: June 25, 2010

MEMSIC Bought Crossbow Technology at USD18mn

MEMSIC, Inc. recently acquired wireless sensor network solution provider Crossbow Technology, Inc. at a price of USD 18 million.
Established in 1995, Crossbow Technology is a pioneer in the field of wireless sensor network. Headquartered in San Jose, California, Crossbow Technology accumulates rich experience in the commercial use of sensor network.
Driven by venture capitals, Crossbow Technology grew in recent years. However, the lingering financial crisis made great impacts on the US-based company.

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

BuLogics Introduces World's First Wireless Controller for Smart Grid Metering

BuLogics, Inc., a leading designer of innovative, energy-saving technology products, announced today that it has developed the world's first Smart Grid compatible Z- Wave wireless controller. The device, named the Smart Grid Home Controller(TM), allows connectivity to future Smart Grid meters by bridging the wireless technology of Z-Wave Home Area Networks (HANs) to Advanced Metering Infrastructures (AMIs) that utilize the ZigBee Smart Energy (SE) Profile.

Read More: PRNewswire

Grid ComForum Plenary Panel on "The Role and Benefits of IPv6 in the Smart Grid" by IPSO Alliance

"At the GridCom Forum, a panel discussed the roles of IP and IPv6. In the ICT area, IP is becoming (or has become) the protocol of choice. A consensus is forming for smart grid as well. NIST’s "Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 1.0” lists IP as one of the standards that people can agree on.
The panel consisted of:

•Geoff Mulligan, chairman, IPSO Alliance, 6lowpan working group , and IETF

•Fred Baker, Cisco Fellow
•Gary Stuebing, strategic planning manager, Duke Energy
•Latif Ladid, president, IPv6 Forum

Geoff Mulligan

Mulligan first discussed the imminent depletion of IPv4 addresses, which are expected to run out in two years. The solution is IPv6, which provides plenty of address space and security. (IPSec is part of IPv6 and will no longer be independently implemented like for IPv4.) With IPv6 in place, DHCP or NAT will no longer be necessary to save IP address space, simplifying many things.

From left: Latif Ladid, Gary Stuebing, and Fred Baker

Baker’s talk was very convincing. In short, the original Internet stack consists of physical layers (OSI is layer 1, data link is layer 2, the Internet is layer 3, and transport is layer 4) and application layers (5, 6, and 7). But many smart grid protocols, such as ZigBee, are implemented directly on top of the link layer. Baker called this "1-2-7 architecture.” Each protocol with a different link layer must go through a gateway in order to connect to other protocols, which are also directly implemented on separate link layers. Using an abstraction of the IP layer ensures interoperability. IP is the common denominator, and it should be used in smart grid as well."

Read More: IP(IPv6): The Protocol of Choice for Smart Grid(?) - Zen Kishimoto
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CFP: First ACM SIGCOMM Workshop on Green Networking

First ACM SIGCOMM Workshop on Green Networking
New Dehli, India.

Important dates
Submissions due March 19, 2010
Notification May 14, 2010
Camera ready due May 28, 2010
Workshop held on August 30, 2010

Z1, a new 802.15.4 mote from Zolertia

With the Z1 low-power wireless module, Zolertia launches the first public release of its WSN mote, its flagship product.

The Z1 module is a general purpose development platform for wireless sensor networks (WSN) designed for researchers, developers, enthusiasts and hobbyists. It is a platform compatible with the successful Tmote™-family motes with several enhancements that offers roughly a 2x performance in several aspects.
Image Courtesy: Zolertia
Equipped with two on board digital sensors (accelerometer and temperature), it comes with everything a developer needs to start building smart networks from scratch. You can connect your applications directly to the Internet of Things (IoT) with IPv6.

The Z1 module was devised keeping in mind:

- Backwards compatibility with motes based on MSP430+CC2420 as well as support for some of the most currently employed open source O.S.’s/stacks by the WSN community, like TinyOS (current) or Contiki (soon).

- Maximum flexibility and expandability while improving low power consumption with most versatile and low power sensors and uC.

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Source: FreakLabs - Z1, a new 802.15.4 mote from Zolertia

Video: Mad Science: Making Water Smarter- IBM Social Media

John Cohn, from the Discovery Channel's "The Colony" and IBM Fellow tours Lake Champlain, the Champlain Water District and the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center to see how IBM is using information technology to help protect our water supply.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

CFP: Ad Hoc Networks Journal SI on "Recent Advances in Large Scale and Sustainable Wireless Sensor Networks"

A Special Issue of Ad Hoc Networks Journal on Recent Advances in Large Scale and Sustainable Wireless Sensor Networks

Important Dates:

Paper submission: 10-June-2010
Acceptance notification: 10-Sept-2010
Final papers: 10-Oct-2010
Publication: 10-Jan-2011 (adjustable to the editorial calendar)

Wearable Health Monitoring Sensor Debuts in Japanese Market

The sensor module has a 2.4GHz wireless communication function and can be continuously operated for three to four days with a CR2032 button battery. Because the obtained data can be wirelessly transmitted to a PC or a mobile phone, it is possible to monitor the health condition of an elderly person who lives alone in a remote place via the Internet.
For example, stress level can be measured based on the state of autonomic nerves determined from an electrocardiogram, and the fluctuation of heartbeat period can be analyzed.

Read More: Wearable Health Monitoring Sensor Debuts in Japanese Market

ISA100.11a Security - What Happens to the Process When the Devices Fails?

ISA100.11a needs further refinement in that security and issues such as redundancy are not defined adequately.

Read More: FreakLabs

Panel sees smart grid engineering challenges - EETimes

HM> Zigbee over IP will not be complete until October!

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Engineers face plenty of challenges enabling smart grids in the home and in utility distribution networks, according to a panel at the Grid ComForum event here.
In the home, a key standard for connecting devices to a smart meter will not be complete until October. Thus, even though Pacific Gas & Electric claims it will have installed five million smart meters by March, PG&E has not enabled for two-way links into the home the Zigbee radios in those smart meters.

That's in part because a Smart Energy standard for Zigbee does not use Internet Protocol or address security requirements. A 2.0 version of that spec covering Zigbee over IP and Homeplug powerline standards will address security but will not be complete until October.

That's when PG&E expects to start trials of the Zigbee capability in its installed smart meters from Silver Spring Networks (Redwood City, Calif.). Systems to help consumers manage home power use are expected to become available in early 2011.

U. S. utilities are said to have signed contracts to install as many as 45 million smart meters. Most of them are using Zigbee, some already in use with applications level security built in for the Smart Energy 1.0 spec.

Read More: Panel sees smart grid engineering challenges - EETimes

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Dash7 Alliance planning enhancements around IPv6

"This year, the Alliance's technical working group plans to release specifications for five new extensions and protocol enhancements that will improve the performance and efficiency of DASH7 devices and extend its capabilities, including enhancements around IPv6, encryption, sensors, and real-time locating systems."

Read More: DASH7 Alliance Demonstrates Momentum With Increased Membership, New Working Groups and Certification Program

Monday, February 1, 2010

Contiki Projects Community Announcement - SICS

"A lot of people are using Contiki, developing software for Contiki, testing new protocols or mechanisms with Contiki, porting Contiki to new platforms, and extending Contiki with new functionality. To allow such Contiki-based projects to be accessible to all Contiki users, we have set up a new SourceForge project for new Contiki-based open source projects, dubbed the Contiki projects community

We already have a number of projects, such as an RSSI viewer for the Tmote Sky, an IPv6 adaptation of the uAODV code, a TFTP server, a RESTful web server, SafeContiki, an experimental version of Contiki with compile-time safety checks, and more. Interested in getting involved in the Contiki projects community? Read on for details. "

Read More: Announcing the Contiki Projects Community - SICS/Contiki

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Advances in Sensor-Based Computing Bring ‘Smart Dust’ Closer -

A nice read!

If sensor-based computing takes off, it will ignite fresh demand for a wide range of hardware and software to store, process and search the new oceans of data for nuggets of useful knowledge. So it could be a boon to business, a foundation for what analysts call “the Internet of Things.”
“It does feel almost like the beginning of the Internet,” says Katharine Frase, vice president for emerging technologies at I.B.M. Research. “You can see that sensor computing is going to be important and useful, but it’s not possible to see in advance just how it will transform things.”

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