Friday, February 12, 2010

CFP: MILCOM 2010

MILCOM 2010
San Jose, CA
October 31-November 3, 2010.

IMPORTANT DATES
Technical Papers
* Abstracts Due: March 12, 2010
* Draft Papers Due: April 9, 2010
* Author Notification: June 18, 2010
* Final Papers Due: August 6, 2010

Tutorials and Panels
* Proposals Due: March 12, 2010
* Presenter Notification: April 23, 2010
* Materials Due: August 6, 2010

Thursday, February 11, 2010

19 Industry Leaders Lend Their Insight on What Issues You Should Consider When Deploying a Sensor Network - M2M magazine

WHAT TECHNOLOGY PROVIDERS ARE SAYING
M2M magazine invited leaders in the wireless sensor networking space to share their expertise on both the business and technological aspects of implementing sensor networking technology.

PART 1: BUSINESS QUESTIONS
1. Bottomline: Are sensor networks past their experimental phase, and does the technology really work?
2. Cost: What determines the total cost of a typical sensor-network deployment?
3. Time: What usually determines the amount of time required to deploy a sensor network?
4. Scalability: How much does the cost and complexity of a sensor network increase with the number of nodes?
5. Management: What is required to manage a sensor network on a daily basis?
6. Troubleshooting: Who is typically responsible for fixing problems with a sensor network after deployment?
7. Interface: How is sensor data usually presented to the end user?
8. Integration: How can companies integrate sensor data with other business systems?
9. Duration: How should adopters approach a temporary installation compared to a permanent one?
10. ROI: What are the best ways to measure return-on-investment for a sensor network?

PART 2: TECHNOLOGY QUESTIONS
1. Resources: What level of technical skill is required to set up and maintain a sensor network?
2. Setup: How is a sensor network installed and activated?
3. Logistics: What are the range limits and physical limitations of a sensor network?
4. Power: What should an adopter understand about power requirements and battery life?
5. Security: How can an adopter make sure its sensor-network data is secure?
6. Reliability: What steps should an adopter take to ensure reliability of the network?
7. Infrastructure: How can a company leverage its existing network infrastructure when deploying a sensor network?
8. Hardware: What criteria should adopters use for selecting a hardware platform?
9. Intelligence: When should a sensor network have distributed processing capability?
10 (a). Standards: What should adopters understand about the standards associated with sensor networking?
10 (b). More Standards: Which proprietary protocols should adopters avoid?

Read Full Article: If You Ask It, They Will Answer - M2M Magazine

IPSO Alliance: Latest White Paper on Security

"IPSO is pleased to announce the latest addition to the IPSO White Paper series with a paper focused on the issues related to the security of embedded IP Smart Objects."

Introduction to Security for Smart Object Networks
Kurt Stammberger and Monique Semp, Mocana (www.mocana.com)
M. B. Anand, Eka Systems, Inc. (www.ekasystems.com)
David Culler, University of California, Berkeley (www.cs.berkeley.edu)

Link: IPSO Alliance: Introduction to Security for Smart Object Networks (you need to enter your email address to access the white paper)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Tutorial: Programming WSNs at CPSWEEK 2010

Programming Wireless Sensor Networks Beyond Operating Systems: From Theory to Practice
Luca Mottola (Swedish Insitute of Computer Science) and Gian Pietro Picco (University of Trento)
Tutorial during CPSWEEK 2010

"In this tutorial, we build upon our recently published work on the analysis of state-of-the-art WSN programming. We illustrate a thorough classification of available solutions, complemented by direct, practical experience of the technology at hand. We begin with a characterization of WSN applications, to identify the fundamental requirements programming platforms must deal with. This is followed by the core of the tutorial, a taxonomy of WSN programming solutions providing a foundation to classify, compare, and evaluate existing approaches. Throughout the tutorial, we interleave live demonstrations of WSN systems with the presentation of the main tutorial material, to provide attendees with the opportunity to see the technology in action. Our tutorial is aimed at students starting off in the field of WSN programming, and at researchers willing to gain deeper insights in the field. Practitioners can also benefit from the systematic overview on the topic."

More: Tutorial: Programming WSNs
Source: WSN Blog

Construction of China's first municipal "Internet of Things" to start

The Longyan municipal government of Fujian province and Tsinghua Tongfang Company recently signed a framework cooperation agreement to construct the "Internet of Things." The construction of the "Internet of Things" will soon start in the city.

According to sources, it is China's first "Internet of Things" to be built by a city. Longyan will focus on digital urban management, "waterless harbor" and public emergency and will complete the "Internet of Things" that will cover the first, second and third industries as well as municipal management in 3 years.

Source: People's Daily Online

Daintree Networks Support for the 6LoWPAN Network Protocol

"Daintree's SNA provides a powerful development, analysis and troubleshooting tool for 6LoWPAN. Its Packet List and Packet Timeline windows show a summary of all packets received. You can select a packet in either window to display its details in the Packet Decode window, through which you can "drill down" and see details for every field and every byte within that packet."

Image Courtesy: Daintree Networks

More: SNA Support for 6LoWPAN - Daintree Networks

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

TI introduces Industry’s first true single-chip mobile WLAN, GPS, Bluetooth® and FM transmit/receive solution

"The WiLink™ 7.0 solution from TI is the first complete hardware and software solution to offer proven, carrier-quality mobile WLAN (mWLAN); global positioning satellite (GPS); Bluetooth®; and FM transmit/receive cores integrated into a single chip."

Image Courtesy: TI

Read More: TI Mobile Wireless LAN: WiLink™ 7.0 Solution

Green Goose: Save Money Using Sensors- ReadWriteWeb

Green Goose is a new financial management service that launched today, which connects sensor activity to your savings account. At first Green Goose sounded a little gimmicky. Using green Internet-connected eggs, it measures how much energy you expend on your bike or how much water you use in your shower - and transfers amounts from your checking account to your savings account based on the 'savings' you made doing those activities.

What's interesting though is that the savings are calculated based on the actions measured by small battery-powered, wireless sensors. You stick these sensors on your bike, thermostat, showerhead "and even your keychain."

Image Courtesy: GreenGoose

Read More: Green Goose: Save Money Using Sensors- ReadWriteWeb

Research Article: A survey on IP-based wireless sensor network solutions

Wireless sensor networks (WSNs) are composed of thousands of smart-sensing nodes, which capture environment data for a sink node. Such networks present new challenges when compared with traditional computer networks, namely in terms of smart node hardware constraints and very limited energy resources. Ubiquitous computing can benefit from WSNs from the perspective that sensed data can be used instead of the user without explicit intervention, turning ubiquitous computing into a reality. Internet connectivity in WSNs is highly desirable, featuring sensing services at a global scale.

Two main approaches are considered: proxy based or sensor node stack based. This second approach turns sensors into data-producing hosts also known as The Internet of Things. For years, the TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol) suite was considered inappropriate for WSNs, mainly due to the inherent complexity and protocol overhead for such limited hardware. However, recent studies made connecting WSNs to the Internet possible, namely using sensor node stack based approaches, enabling integration into the future Internet. This paper surveys the current state-of-the-art on the connection of WSNs to the Internet, presents related achievements, and provides insights on how to develop IP-based communication solutions for WSNs today.

Read More: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Controlling lights with TI ez430 chronos, home easy, arduino and processing

The system uses RF at 433MHz and a simple authentication protocol, which is conveniently documented at the Home Easy Hacking Wiki.


Video: Link

CFP: ACM SenSys 2010

ACM SenSys 2010

Zurich, Switzerland
November 3-5, 2010

* Key Dates:
- Paper Registration and Abstract: April 1, 2010, 11:59 pm EST.
- Paper Submission Deadline: April 8, 2010, 11:59 pm EST.
- Notification of Paper Acceptance: July 20, 2010.

CURRENT Group and Verizon Announce Joint Smart Grid Offering

Offering Combines CURRENT’s Intelligent Sensors and Analytic Software with Verizon’s Advanced IT, Security, Network and Communications Solutions, and Professional Consulting Services

Electric utilities can more quickly adopt smart grid capabilities by combining intelligent distributed sensing from CURRENT Group with an Internet Protocol-based solution from Verizon. Under a new agreement, the two companies are enabling real-time power consumption and analysis communications between electric companies and sensors deployed on their networks.

Read More: CURRENT Group and Verizon Announce Joint Smart Grid Offering to Help Improve Efficiency and Reliability of the Electric Distribution Grid - BusinessWire 

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Chumby and the Internet of Things - Fabrizio Capobianco

While everyone is talking about cloud computing (including me, because mobile cloud services is going to be one of the main topic of 2010), another phenomenon is becoming more visible, every day. We are about to enter the Internet of Things era.
Every device out there will get an IP address. And it will be able to dialog with the rest of the world.

Read More: Chumby and the Internet of Things

Smart Grid Day on Wed 21 April 2010 at IEEE PES T&D Conference

IEEE PES and the New Orleans Local Organizing Committee are planning an entire day on Wednesday, April 21 that will be devoted to Smart Grid technology and innovation.

"Smart Grid" is becoming a household term not only in the US but all over the world. Development of a "smart" technology to promote and coordinate more efficient electricity usage has become a key element in the plan to lower energy costs for consumers, achieve energy independence, and re-duce greenhouse gas emissions. A Smart Grid, as defined by the US Department of Energy, integrates advanced sensing technologies, control methods and integrated communications into the existing electricity grid. Although Smart Grid technology presents opportunities for utilities and consumers to benefit from the efficient management of energy, sig-nificant challenges need to be addressed to integrate and deploy these innovative technologies. The IEEE PES is committed to lead the effort to coor-dinate and develop the necessary expertise, standards, and application of Smart Grid technologies.

For more information, visit http://www.ieeet-d.org/smartgrid.html.

MOBILIGHT 2010 TUTORIAL: Machine-to-Machine: An Emerging Communication Paradigm

Mischa Dohler, co-author of RFC5548 for IETF ROLL WG, will be giving a tutorial which will cover Standardized Embedded Systems such as
i. IEEE 802.15.4x PHY/MAC layers
ii. IETF 6LoWPAN HC and ND
iii. IETF ROLL RPL routing protocol
iv. industrial standards: WirelessHART, ISA100

The tutorial would be part of MOBILIGHT 2010 (10-12 May 2010 Barcelona, Spain).
More: TUTORIAL: "Machine-to-Machine: An Emerging Communication Paradigm" and http://mobilight.org/
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