Thursday, February 18, 2010

Zigbee Alliance the wireless standard for tomorrow's Smart Grid - Presentation by Tobin Richardson

This presentation is a part of the Smart Grid Information Sharing Calls, hosted by Erfan Ibrahim of EPRI.

Presentation Link: Zigbee Alliance the wireless standard for tomorrow's Smart Grid - Presentation by Tobin Richardson

Korea: SK Telecom Showcases Most Advanced Mobile Converged Technologies and Services for the Global Market

"In line with the company's new Industry Productivity Enhancement (IPE) strategy, which aims to raise productivity in industries through converged mobile services, SK Telecom will showcase services such as Mobile In Vehicle, Smart Payment Service and WPAN on Card.
  • Mobile In Vehicle allows users to use their mobile phones to diagnose and control their cars, and enjoy diverse mobile multimedia services using 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth network technologies.
  • Smart Payment Service provides an integrated payment solution for the mobile phone - including payment, coupon, and membership functions - through a mobile USIM card.
  • WPAN on Card is a convergence microSD or USIM card integrated with WPAN chips such as ZigBee and RFID. The card provides connectivity to ICT devices merging ICT with various fields enabling smart home, smart grid, smart logistics and so on."
Read More: Korea IT Times

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Video: The Twittering Tree - Ericsson

"Straight from the Ericsson hall at the 2010 Mobile World Congress...a tree that twitters?! Now I've seen it all."

Video: Link

Video: Zach Shelby's Seminar on "6LoWPAN: The Wireless Embedded Internet"

Zach Shelby's Seminar on his book "6LoWPAN: The Wireless Embedded Internet" at the Centre for Internet Excellence in Oulu, Finland. (Recorded on 6.12.2009)

Video: Link (Right Click -> Save Target As..)

Amazon Link: 6LoWPAN: The Wireless Embedded Internet
Links to the syllabus and lecture slides for this book: here

Video Source: Link

Project- OpenWSN: Open-Source Standards-Based Protocol Stacks for Wireless Sensor Networks

Thomas Watteyne under supervision of Kris Pister

"We are building a multi-platform, multi-operating system, fully standards-compliant interoperable wireless sensor network stack. Major standardization bodies have been looking at how wireless multi- hop networks should operate reliably (IEEE 802.15.4E, IETF RPL), how they can integrate within the Internet (IETF 6LoWPAN), and how utilities and end users should interact (OpenADR). All of these standards are being finalized. The OpenWSN project aims at federating these standards into a fully- functional protocol stack, at implementing these on a number of hardware and software platforms, and at testing the resulting network in realistic residential, commercial and industrial facilities. All of the software developed is open-source and accessible at"

Source: Link

HP And Shell: Node Way! - Forbes

Searching for gushers just got more high-tech.

Hewlett-Packard and Royal Dutch Shell announced Monday they are collaborating on a new system of seismic exploration for on-land petroleum deposits using millions of tiny wireless sensors. If successful, the system could vastly lower the cost of drilling and developing oil fields, and also have uses in areas like carbon sequestration and extraction of other minerals.

Standard seismic exploration typically involves setting off an explosion, then measuring the passage of its shock wave through the ground. This is done using tens of thousands of sensor nodes connected together over, say, a 100-square-kilometer area. The method developed in HP's research labs will use perhaps 1 million very small sensors, connected wirelessly.

Read More: Forbes- HP and Shell: Node Way!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Contiki 2.4 Released!

by Adam Dunkels

"The Contiki team is proud to announce the release of version 2.4 of the Contiki operating system! Contiki 2.4 brings a number of new improvements over previous versions, several bugfixes, and an overall improved stability of the system. The low-power wireless MAC protocols have gotten an overhaul, improving power-efficiency and improved collision and interference handling. The COOJA/MSPsim simulation environment has received a significant speedup. Two new experimental platforms are included: the Crossbow MicaZ and the Sensinode CC2430/8051 platform. Many improvements and bugfixes has been made to the uIP code as well as the SICSlowpan implementaion of 6lowpan IPv6-over-802.15.4. See the changelog for full details and go to the download section to download the 2.4 release!"

Source: Contiki 2.4 Released - SICS
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