Sunday, November 13, 2011

Video: NXP Smart Lighting Illuminates the Connected Home

"Internet-enabled Smart Lighting signals a fundamental shift in how we interact with lights - helping individuals, businesses and governments save energy. This video, partly filmed in a San Jose, Calif. home with a 70-node smart lighting network, explores the universe of possibilities enabled in a world where every light bulb has an IP address.

Video Link 

NXP solutions featured include the GreenChip smart lighting solution (GreenChip iSSL and iCFL), which incorporates JenNet-IP network layer software. Based on 6LoWPAN, JenNet-IP enables ultra-low-power wireless connectivity and can be extended to other smart devices in both residential and commercial buildings.

JenNet-IP: http://www.nxp.com/jennic/products/protocol_stacks/jennet-ip
GreenChip Smart Lighting: http://www.nxp.com/greenchip/smartlighting"

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The IPSO Alliance Debuts New Technology

"The IPSO Alliance wrapped up a full week of successful IP-related events including a two-day interoperability test, public member product demonstration, and informative member meeting. "This has been a great week for the IPSO Alliance. We've shown the viability of using IP to bring together embedded networking across all industries," said Geoff Mulligan, Chairman of the Alliance.

The week began with 11 companies participating in the multi-vendor IP Smart Object interoperability event, which tested implementations of 6LoWPAN, IPv6, and COAP. IPSO member companies Bosch, Convergence Wireless, Dust Networks, NXP Semiconductor, Proto6, Sensinode, Symphony Networks, Ubilogix and Watteco were key contributors of 'unplug-fest.'"

Read More: Marketwatch

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

NanoService: A Platform for the Internet of Things

"NanoService platform handles application delivery and management of embedded Web services that are part of machine-to-machine applications. 

The Internet of Things concept is drawing an increasing level of interest from manufacturers for a number of reasons, most notably its application in machine-to-machine (M2M) connections. (Access “Manufacturing and The Internet of Things” article to learn more.)
 To help manufacturers implement an Internet of Things architecture and begin reaping the benefits of the increased manufacturing intelligence it can provide, Sensinode has released its NanoService platform for delivery and support of applications for the embedded Web. Sensinode is a developer of commercial 6LoWPAN and related IPv6 technologies for the embedded Internet."

Read More: A Platform for the Internet of Things by David Greenfield

Nivis Launches New Smart Objects Networking Platform

"Platform Allows Any Device to Become Remotely Addressable via the Internet

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - Oct 18, 2011) - Nivis, LLC, a global leader in Smart Grid and Industrial Wireless networks, today announced that it successfully demonstrated its new Smart Objects networking platform at the IPSO Alliance press reception, which was held at the Santa Clara TechMart. The new platform instills virtually any object with IP-based communication abilities, enabling a broad range of new applications in industries such as Smart metering, Smart lighting, Industrial Automation, Building Automation, Environmental Monitoring, and Healthcare Monitoring. The Nivis Smart Objects networking platform enables the Internet of Things concept championed by the IPSO Alliance. From Smart meters to Smart lighting and beyond, embedded systems are turning everyday things into Smart Objects capable of communication with the world around them. For Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) seeking to develop a Smart Object or Smart Object application, the learning curve for the networking component is an impediment to bringing a solution to market. Nivis reduces this learning curve with its Smart Objects networking platform, allowing OEMs to quickly incorporate the platform into their solution with reduced costs and faster time to market."

Read More: MarketWire

Monday, October 17, 2011

Research Paper: 6LoWPAN Stacks- A Survey by Yibo, Chen et al.

Sorry I couldn't access the publication at home but as the abstract mentions major implementations of 6lowpan i.e. uIP/ContikiSICSlowpan6lowpancliB6LoWPANBLIPNanoStack and Jennic's stack, I thought its worth sharing. /HM

6LoWPAN Stacks- A Survey by Yibo, Chen et al.
"Abstract: Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) is one of the key technologies of 21st century, while it is a very active and challenging research area. It seems that in the next coming year, thanks to 6LoWPAN, these wireless micro-sensors will be embedded in everywhere, because 6LoWPAN enables P2P connection between wireless nodes over IPv6. Nowadays different implementations of 6LoWPAN stacks are available so it is interesting to evaluate their performance in term of memory footprint and compliant with the RFC4919 and RFC4944. In this paper, we present a survey on the state-of-art of the current implementation of 6LoWPAN stacks such as uIP/Contiki, SICSlowpan, 6lowpancli, B6LoWPAN, BLIP, NanoStack and Jennic's stack. The key features of all these 6LoWPAN stacks will be established. Finally, we discuss the evolution of the current implementations of 6LoWPAN stacks."

Link: here

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Video: JenNet-IP Smart Home Control Demo by NXP (6LoWPAN)

Cool! /HM
Video: Link
"JenNet-IP: What if every device in your home had its own Internet IP address? Steve Rymer of NXP Semiconductors' Low Power RF product line demonstrates a "smart" home network that can be managed wirelessly via an iPad or Android tablet or remote control. The smart devices are communicating using JenNet-IP - NXP's ultra-low-power wireless connectivity network layer software based on 6LoWPAN. For detailed info on JenNet-IP and the NXP demo at the IPSO Alliance "Internet of Things" and Smart Energy event, visit: NXP Demonstrates Smart Home Control Using 6LoWPAN"

Friday, September 30, 2011

IPSO Alliance to Host Press Conference and Reception Featuring the Latest Technology from the Internet of Things

"WHAT: IPSO Alliance, the primary advocate for the use of IP in Smart Objects, is hosting a press conference and reception featuring industry luminaries and demos of the latest advancements in Smart Energy, Smart Grid, Security and M2M technology. The event precedes the IPSO Fall 2011 member meeting hosted by Google, where Commissioner Timothy Alan Simon of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will address the membership on opportunities for emerging and established companies in the global Smart
Objects marketplace.

WHO: Keynote Speakers include: Whit Diffie, pioneer of public-key cryptography, the basis of today’s Internet security approaches; Bo Begole, Senior Scientist from Xerox PARC, expert on ubiquitous computing; and Stuart Sikes, President of Parks Associates, a market research firm specializing in consumer adoption of technology products and services.
Product demonstrations and new product announcements from IPSO member companies include: Convergence Wireless, Dust Networks, Ember, GreenWave Reality, National Instruments, Nivis, NXP Semiconductors, Sensinode and Synapse Wireless.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 12th, 4 to 7 PM; keynotes to start promptly at 4 PM, with reception and demonstrations to follow

WHERE: Techmart, 5201 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA 95054

This is an invitation required event: please respond to Kate Easton (marketing@ipso-alliance.org)

For more information about the Alliance, contact info@ipso-alliance.org.

For the latest updates, follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ipsoalliance"

Source: IPSO Alliance

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

TI releases plug-and-play 6LoWPAN products | EETimes

"Texas Instruments has introduced new sub-1 GHz 6LoWPAN solutions that are designed to be a gateway for remote, low-cost wireless sensors to connect to the Internet and a wireless extension of wired IPv6 infrastructures.

Operating in the sub-1GHz band, TI’s 6LoWPAN solutions support large-scale mesh networks and are suitable for applications such as Smart Grid, security, home and building automation, street lighting and other wireless sensor networks. The new product family includes the CC1180 network processor, CC430 system-on-chip (SoC) microcontrollers, 6LoWPAN software stack, and CC-6LOWPAN-DK-868 development kit.

As plug-and-play solutions, TI’s 6LoWPAN devices require little RF expertise and can be set up using standard IP socket programming to add wireless and internet connectivity to networks. They support hundreds of hops, enabling the development of wireless mesh networks with large network depth using only one gateway. "

Read More: TI releases plug-and-play 6LoWPAN products | EETimes

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Video: Analyzing 6LoWPAN and ZigBee IP with the Perytons Protocol Analyzer

"The Perytons analyzers provide a unique set of tools for analyzing 6LoWPAN and ZigBee IP networks."

Video: link

Video: Home Area Networking with Wireless 6LoWPAN Solution


"Discover the benefits of the TI system technology and new 6LoWPAN capabilities for wireless home area networking in this hands-on demo."

Video: here



Source: here

6LoWPAN on TinyOS project

"This project was based on wireless sensor nodes. The goal was to implement the IPv6 compatible 6LoWPAN into wireless sensor nodes. This project was part of Clemens Lombriser‘s work at ETH.
The group already had the TMote Sky sensor nodes with the TinyOS operating system in use. My task was to integrate the IPv6 stack “6LoWPAN” into the wireless sensor nodes. I used the b6lowpan implementation which was in development by the University of Californa, Berkeley."
...
"Sourcecode
The source code can be found at the following two locations:
SourceForge:
Project Page: http://sourceforge.net/projects/tinytasks/
SVN Repository: https://tinytasks.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/tinytasks/trunk
My changes were committed all in revisions 20 and 21.


Google Code:
Project Page: http://code.google.com/p/titan/
SVN Repository: http://titan.googlecode.com/svn/trunk
Additionally, a patch of all my changes can be found here: 6LoWPAN_on_TinyOS_bekoeppel.patch."

Read More: here

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

HomePlug® Alliance, Wi-Fi Alliance®, HomeGrid Forum® and ZigBee® Alliance Lead Development of Breakthrough Certification Program for Smart Energy Profile 2 | PRNewswire

Organizations form Consortium for SEP 2 Interoperability for smart energy applications and devices

"The HomePlug Alliance, Wi-Fi Alliance, HomeGrid Forum and ZigBee Alliance have agreed to create a Consortium for SEP 2 Interoperability. The new consortium will enable organizations whose technologies support communications over Internet Protocol (IP) to certify SEP 2 according to a consistent test plan. Recognizing that the vision of interoperable SEP 2 devices across the network will only be realized with consistent certification and interoperability testing, the Consortium is being structured as an open organization. This cooperation among alliances builds on the work of many industries to bring smart grid benefits to consumers.

The joint certification and test program will be used to certify wireless and wired devices that support IP-based smart energy applications and end-user devices such as thermostats, appliances and gateways. It will address devices operating on one or more of a variety of underlying connectivity technologies and provide the smart energy ecosystem - including utilities, product vendors and consumers – assurances of application and device interoperability."

Read More: here

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Google’s Android Bulb to Run on 6LowPAN Standard | GreenTechMedia

if true, its great news for 6LoWPANers! /HM

"It consumes very little power. The chips and software behind it are cheap and getting cheaper, and the name incorporates an absolutely insane combination of capital letters and numbers.

What is there not to like about the 6LowPAN standard?

The Android bulb -- a networked LED bulb coming out later this year from Google and Lighting Science -- will connect to Android phones and other devices through the above-mentioned standard, according to Ted Russ, chief business development officer for the company.

NXP Semiconductor, other sources have said, will supply the chips for the bulbs. It figures. NXP -- which was spun out of the Philips conglomerate a few years ago -- supplies low-powered NFC (near field communications) chips to Android phone makers already and is a leading expert in energy-efficient, light-bandwidth communications. NXP also announced a component family, called GreenChip, for LED bulbs based around the standard back in May, a few days after Google and Lighting Science announced the Android bulb. JenNet-IP, an open-source software stack, complements GreenChip. TCP, a light manufacturer, already supports GreenChip.

Early GreenChip controllers range in price from $1.70 to $3.60, according to NXP releases, but the actual prices for customers buying in volume will be far lower.

The Android bulb is one of the biggest announcements so far this year in lighting. The idea behind the networked bulb is to allow users to be able to turn off and/or program their lights to save power without having to think about it too much. When you walk into the room, your phone can sense your presence and turn on the lights. The life force has arrived! When you leave, it can dim the lights automatically. Plus, integrating networking into the bulb itself dramatically reduces the headaches and hardware required for home automation. Consumers won't have to insert power line networking into their existing wires or put power-over-ethernet cables into the walls. If they have an Android phone, all they will have to do, presumably, is screw in a light bulb and click a few menu boxes on their phone.

Exploiting silicon to cut down on wiring and retrofits, in fact, is one the drivers of NXP's overall strategy, which will also make chips for networking household appliances and wireless light switches.

“[Wireless] will save you a lot of copper,” Rene Penning de Vries, the chief technology officer at NXP, told us last year. “Copper is pretty expensive.”

There's no reason the same basic bulb technology couldn't be used in commercial office buildings, too. As a result, Google may compete soon against Adura, Lumenergi, Redwood Systems, Daintree Networks and the other firms in this market. So far, most of the lighting networking companies focus on commercial office buildings and data centers, while most of the home networking companies have focused on heaters and air conditioners, not lights. Google and Lighting Science, as a result, could fill a gap in the commercial market, too. The bulb also brings Google back into home energy management: it killed its PowerMeter project back in June.

Google and Lighting Science did not announce the protocol when the Android bulb was announced. Initially, we heard it would use Wi-Fi. Google later clarified at its developer conference that it wasn't saying.

One could imagine Philips producing similar bulbs. Philips competes directly against Lighting Science in LEDs and a number of executives have spent time at both Philips proper and NXP. (Editor's note: Although Philips is a much larger company with a longer history in lighting, we've preferred the bulbs from Lighting Science in our tests. Lighting Science bulbs also often cost less. We will have a review of their latest bulb soon.)

The 6LowPAN standard -- an amalgamation of IPv6 and Low Power Wireless Personal Area Network -- is also compatible with Wi-Fi and other wireless standards. One could thus imagine Comcast or AT&T offering comprehensive home management services through the DSL and cable boxes already in your home.

If the LowPAN standard takes off with lights, it certainly could limit the household footprint of ZigBee, as noted in our earlier stories. Some companies are also touting low-powered Wi-Fi for residential and commercial building management. (There's a whole lot of low-powered wireless information from our pals at EE Times here.) NXP, however, won't likely get too religious about protocols. It is one of the largest manufacturers of ZigBee and LowPAN chips and played an instrumental role in establishing both standards."

Source: GreenTechMedia

Thursday, June 30, 2011

IoT in China revisited: centralized views and smart cities are taking off | Florian Michahelles

It would be great if some 6LoWPANers or someone from IPSO Alliance can attend this meeting next time /HM

"Again, I had the chance to attend the IoT Conference organized by Shanghai International Exhibition in China, a continuation of the series started in 2010. The audience included about 400 participants from business all over China. I contrast to last year, about half of the speakers were international."

...

"Paul Havinga presented a nice definition of IoT: 'Everything is networked; Smart objects and global connectivity allows for open multi-purpose services'.

Thus, IP cannot be solution, not even the low-power versions as 6LoWPAN as being too expensive and too complex for cheap and small devices. Instead, he proposed the integration of various technologies coupled with embedded intelligence as a way for establishing distributed collaboration. The IoT would allow to collect information and to make information available right at where the action is."


Sunday, June 26, 2011

IPSO Alliance announces new members

"COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., June 22, 2011. The IPSO Alliance, the leading organization defining the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced four new members, its intent to begin a series of interoperability tests, and the approval and completion of two new standards. This demonstrates significant demand for Internet Protocol (IP) for smart objects, which allow items ranging from appliances to factories to cars to communicate as individuals do over the Internet.

New members to the IPSO Alliance include:

--GreenWave Reality, a global innovator in energy management and demand response systems, providing an affordable, easy-to-use, standards-based home energy management solution that includes intelligent lighting has joined IPSO as a Promoter member.

-- Corporative Intelligence Laboratory S.L. of Spain (Cilab), the company behind Green Asset Management (GAM), which is a platform based on distributed computing, focusing in the optimization of the way we use resources at an urban/community scale;

-- ElectroTest Sweden AB, a Sweden-based company that works for IPv6/6LoWPAN interoperable and standard products for energy conversation in buildings; Sensus, a leading utility infrastructure company offering smart meters, communication systems, software and services for the electric, gas, and water industries have all joined as Contributor members.

"Sensus is proud to take a leadership role in helping to further the use of IP for networking solutions," said David Ayers, vice president of engineering at Sensus. "As the foremost network layer protocol for enabling multiple applications, IP further secures the role of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) networks as a key component of the smart grid."

Over the course of six months, IPSO will be conducting a series of interoperability tests at the IP layer, running both within a single PHY/MAC as well as demonstrating interoperability across multiple PHY/MAC layers."

Source: 
smartcardstrends.com

IETF Standards Approved: RPL routing protocol / 6LoWPAN -Header Compression

Great News!!

"The IPSO Alliance welcomes the publication of a new routing standard – RPL. RPL, an IP routing protocol designed for IPv6 smart object networks, has been approved by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) as an official international standard.

RPL is the result of three years of hard work from a number of IPSO members and routing experts in the field, including Dust Networks, Ember, Sigma Design and Cisco. Several months ago, Cisco, Sensinode, SICS and Watteco all IPSO members— successfully conducted interoperability tests on an early version of the protocol that was instrumental in the course of the standardization performed by the IETF.

"This is a key milestone for the IPSO Alliance and for the future of the Internet of Things," said JP Vasseur, Cisco Fellow and chair of the IPSO Technology Advisory Board. "RPL is a significant component today for IP Smart Object networks, including smart grid infrastructure."

The IETF has also completed the draft of the 6LoWPAN-HC, a header compression format for highly efficient IPv6 packet delivery over IEEE® 802.15.4 low-power wireless personal area networks (WPAN). This is key to connecting smart objects such as meters, sensors or control devices, and smart appliances over the Internet. The IPSO organizations that participated in the early testing of 6LoWPAN-HC include Atmel, Cisco, NXP, Sensinode, SICS, Sigma Designs and Watteco SAS."

Source: 
smartcardstrends.com

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Dust Networks to Demonstrate Self-Powered IPv6 Wireless Sensor Network

Awesome! 
"Ultra low power 6LoWPAN WSN runs entirely on harvested energy


Dust Networks®, the leader in intelligent wireless sensor network solutions, today announced that they will demonstrate a SmartMesh® IP 6LoWPAN wireless network running on harvested energy at the IDTechEx Wireless Sensor Network & RTLS Summit in Munich, Germany, June 21 - 22. For the first time anywhere, all of the nodes in the network, including the IPv6 routing nodes, will run on energy harvested from a variety of devices including the Micropelt TE-Power thermogenerator and the Cymbet™ EnerChip™ CC rechargeable solid state battery trickle-charged by a small off-the-shelf daylight powered solar collector."


More: here

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

LiftMaster® Selects Arrayent to Power Its MyQ™ Family of Internet Connected Garage Door Openers

Kudos Arrayent


"Arrayent Inc.’s cloud-based Internet-Connect Service enables LiftMaster to bring Internet connectivity that is both low cost and easy to install to the garage door market.

Elmhurst, IL – June 8, 2011 LiftMaster, the world’s largest manufacturer of professionally installed garage door openers and access systems, announced today that Arrayent, Inc. is its strategic partner to Internet enable its MyQ family of garage door openers that can be monitored and controlled from a PC web browser or smartphone over the Internet. MyQ is LiftMaster’s wireless home area network that connects LiftMaster’s garage door openers to web and smartphone applications. LiftMaster garage door openers connect to the Internet through LiftMaster’s MyQ Gateway that is based on Arrayent’s very low cost residential gateway reference design.

70 percent of American homeowners now use the garage door as their primary entrance way into their homes. “It is exactly because the garage door has become the homeowner’s front door that we were driven to search out a low cost, highly reliable Internet connect technology that was easy to install”, said Mark Karasek, Ph.D., executive vice president engineering & chief technology officer. Mr. Karasek also said, “After exhaustive investigation we determined that Arrayent’s technology was the perfect match for meeting our cost and reliability goals for connecting LiftMaster products to the Internet, and at the same time enable an easy installation process.”


LiftMaster’s MyQ™ Gateway
Mark and his team started their Arrayent technology evaluation by tearing down the Arrayent powered Mattel IM-Me and purchasing an Arrayent Development Kit for Low Power Sub-1GHz RF. Read LiftMaster MyQ Press Release here.

About the LiftMaster® Internet Gateway Model 828LM
MyQ™ Technology allows home owner to monitor and operate their garage door opener and other devices from anywhere in the world using smartphone apps for Android, Blackberry and iPhone, or MyLiftMaster.com online. The LiftMaster Internet Gateway plugs into the Ethernet port of a consumer router that connects to the home owner’s internet service.

The Gateway is compatible only with the new generation of LiftMaster residential garage door openers enabled by MyQ™ Technology: the Elite Series™ Belt Drive Unit (8550) and the Premium Series Chain Drive Unit (8360). Available to LiftMaster dealers in August 2011. Read Gateway Fact Sheet here.

About LiftMaster
Throughout the years, LiftMaster, the leader in residential access solutions, has played a vital role in building universal acceptance for garage door openers, now an indispensable home appliance. More importantly, along with help from their network of over 4,000 LiftMaster dealers, they are proud to offer the broadest selection in performance, features, and durability – more so than any other opener brand. For more information on the LiftMaster MyQ product family, please visit www.LiftMaster.com.

About Arrayent
Arrayent believes that life gets better when products connect. Arrayent sells an Internet-Connect Service that is used by large consumer product companies to connect their products to smartphone and web applications in a low cost and reliable way. Arrayent has optimized its Internet-Connect service on two axes: first, very low cost residential gateway and hardware adder to the product, and second, deliver a just-works-install process to ensure low product return rate and customer support load. Arrayent’s communication system architecture is LAN technology agnostic, enabling customers to preserve their growing investment in web and smartphone applications and at the same time, support multiple home area network technologies. Arrayent’s cloud computing communication infrastructure is hosted at redundant co-locations to ensure high system reliability. Customers have called Arrayent the “Cisco of small things.” More information is available at www.arrayent.com ."

Source: here
Image courtesy: Arrayent

Monday, June 6, 2011

6LoWPAN: The wireless embedded Internet - excerpts Part 1 and 2

6LoWPAN: The wireless embedded Internet - EE Times


The following are excerpts from the book "6LoWPAN: The Wireless Embedded Internet", by Zach Shelby and Carsten Bormann.


6LoWPAN: The wireless embedded Internet - Part 1: Why 6LoWPAN?
6LoWPAN: The wireless embedded Internet - Part 2: 6LoWPAN history, market perspective & applications

NETCONF on Constrained Devices (NETCONF Light)


"The Network Configuration Protocol (NETCONF)[I-D.ietf-netconf-4741bis] provides mechanisms to install, manipulate, and delete the configuration of network devices. The primary target were network devices such as routers or switches that usually have plenty of resources for running a NETCONF server.

However, there are a number of embedded systems where resources (most notably memory) are tight and hence such devices can only afford a subset of the NETCONF protocol operations. This document defines a subset of NETCONF, called NETCONF Light, that can be implemented on resource constrained devices.

The usage of NETCONF Light on resource constrained devices is attractive in environments where management applications have to deal with a wide range of different devices, ranging for example from from very small embedded networked sensors over more powerful data aggregation servers up to highly complex control networks. Typical examples are Smart Grids or more general industrial control networks."

A URL for this Internet-Draft is:
http://www.ietf.org/internet-drafts/draft-schoenw-netconf-light-00.txt

Friday, May 27, 2011

Ember Introduces IP Stack Roadmap for Smart Grid Applications

"Ember announced plans for the release of its Internet Protocol (IP)-based low-power wireless networking stack for smart metering and smart grid applications. An early version of the Ember IP Stack has already been available to a limited group of customers and Ember plans to progressively expand the availability to a larger base of its customers in the coming months as features get added and the stack undergoes higher levels of testing. Ember’s plans call for a Beta release of the stack in Q3 2011 followed by general availability by the end of the year. The Ember IP stack is targeted at smart grid applications, especially smart meters and home area network (HAN) devices."

Read More: here and here

Friday, May 20, 2011

CDM Media Partners with IPSO Alliance


"Chicago, IL, May 18, 2011 –(PR.com)– The CDM Media team announced today that it has partnered with the IPSO Alliance for three 2011 technology events.
The IPSO Alliance is an open, informal and thought-leading association of like-minded organizations and individuals that promote the value of using the Internet Protocol for the networking of Smart Objects. The IPSO Alliance performs interoperability tests, documents the use of new IP-based technologies, conducts marketing activities and serves as an information repository for users seeking to understand the role of IP in networks of physical objects.
The IPSO Alliance partnered with CDM Media on the following events:
· CIO Summit – www.ciosummit.us
· CIO Healthcare Summit – www.ciohealthcaresummit.com
· CIO Utilities Summit – www.cioutilitiessummit.com"
Read More: here

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Arduino-based Android hardware debuts at Google I/O

"SAN FRANCISCO--There's more to hacking Android than just customizing the operating system. Soon you'll be able to customize your own Android hardware, Google announced today at Moscone Center West during its Google I/O confab.
The Android Open Accessory initiative and the Android Device Kit, which is built on the open-source Arduino, will let developers create their own hardware accessories that can be controlled by Android. During this morning's keynote speech, Google demonstrated a Labyrinth-style game controlled using the ADK."


Read more: CNET: Arduino-based Android hardware debuts at Google I/O

Monday, May 16, 2011

NXP's GreenChip Smart Lighting Solution Opens an Entirely New Dimension in Energy Efficient Lighting

"EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS--(Marketwire - May 16, 2011) - What if every light bulb had its own unique Internet IP address? The possibilities are endless: You could monitor, manage and control every light bulb from any Internet-enabled device -- turning lights on and off individually, dimming or creating scenes from your smartphone, tablet, PC or TV -- to save energy as well as electricity costs. Your "smart lighting" network could have dozens or even hundreds of appliances connected through a wireless network designed for maximum energy savings, communicating information about their environment, about power consumption levels, and alerting you to any problems. Today, NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQNXPI) is introducing its GreenChip™ smart lighting solution that makes the Internet-enabled, energy-efficient lighting network a reality -- not only for businesses, but also for consumers trying to make the most of energy savings in the home."


Read More: here

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Dust Networks Expands WSN Product Line with 6LoWPAN Offering

SmartMesh IP brings industrial mesh network reliability and low power to new markets


"Dust Networks®, the leader in intelligent wireless sensor network solutions, today announced the availability of their new SmartMesh® IP wireless sensor network (WSN) evaluation kits. SmartMesh IP combines the reliability and ultra-low power of Dust Networks’ industrial products with native Internet Protocol (IP), for a robust, standards-based offering perfect for a broad range of applications."


More: here

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

6th Summer School on Applications of Smart and Connected devices (senZations'11)

6th Summer School on Applications of Smart and Connected devices (senZations'11)

August 29 - September 2, 2011, Kotor, Montenegro

http://www.senzations.net/

The senZations summer school has become an annual event on the agenda of young researchers in Europe. Covering a range of novel topics from wireless sensor networks to M2M to Internet of Things and their applications with support of excellent lecturers and senior researchers from academy and industry, the senZations have attracted more than 200 students during the past four events. Internet of Things is regarded as one of the top ten technologies that will impact the future life style and industrial products.

The aim of the summer school is to:

* Present the latest results, trends, activities and applications in the IoT domain
* Identify novel research opportunities, important challenges and research directions
* Demonstrate existing prototypes and demos
* Interact with experienced researchers and establish new contacts
* Have fun and enjoy while acquiring new skills and expertise

PROGRAM
The summer school will last for 5 days and will feature a number of different activities:

Lectures: Each day will feature lectures with susbequent discussions around important IoT research themes and technology areas:
* Latest IoT standards developments in IETF including 6LowPAN, ROLL and COAP
* Semantic Sensor Networks and Linked Open Data
* IoT enablers for smart environments and intelligent buildings
* Security and Privacy for an IoT
* Real world search and discovery
* M2M services in mobile networks
* SmartSantander - how to run experiments on a large-scale, outdoors experimental platform and get funding for it
* etc.

Lecturers include: Antonio Ruzelli (UCD), Zach Shelby (Sensinode), Alex Gluhak (Uni of Surrey), Srdjan Krco (Ericsson), Konrad Wrona (NATO C3 Agency), Milica Pejanovic-Djurisic (Uni of Montenegro), Manfred Hauswirth (DERI, TBC), Laurent Herault (CEA-LETI, TBC).

* Participants Workshop: All participants will have an opportunity to present their own work and involvement in the field.
* Soft skills: working in teams and presentation skills exercises
* Social activities: One day is scheduled for an excursion; a dinner party as well as other interesting social activities will be also organized.

VENUE
The summer school will take place in Kotor, Montenegro.

REGISTRATION, COSTS and TRAVELING
Participation is open to all qualified applicants, but the number of participants is limited to a maximum of 40. If we receive more applications, we will select participants based on their work area and background, geographic distribution, and date of registration.

To apply, please fill in the form available at http://www.senzations.net/ or send an e-mail including name, contact information, research area and background to local organizers.

The registration fee of EUR350 includes participation at all school activities, school material, accommodation in two bed rooms in a student house, breakfasts, lunches, dinners and a social event.

IMPORTANT DATES
Early registration deadline: May 31, 2011

For registrations after May 31, 20011, the participation fee is 400EUR

ORGANIZATION
-------------------------
Program Committee:
Srdjan Krco, Ericsson
Konrad Wrona, NATO C3 Agency
Alexander Gluhak, University of Surrey

Local Organization Committee:
Prof. dr Milica Pejanovic-Djurisic (milica@t-com.me)
Gordana Nikolic (gnikolic@par.hr)
Dario Zoric (dario.zoric@par.hr)

Monday, April 11, 2011

Evaluating the Performance of RPL and 6LoWPAN in TinyOS


Evaluating the Performance of RPL and 6LoWPAN in TinyOS

by JeongGil Ko, Stephen Dawson-Haggerty, Omprakash Gnawali, David Culler, Andreas Terzis

"Responding to the increasing interest to connect wireless sensor networks (WSN) to the Internet, the IETF has proposed standards that enable IPv6-based sensor networks. Specifically, the IETF 6LoWPAN and RoLL working groups developed standards for encapsulating IPv6 datagrams in 802.15.4 frames, neighbor discovery, and routing that allow sensor networks to exchange IPv6 datagrams with Internet hosts. However, given that these standards, especially the RPL routing protocol, are relatively new, there has not yet been a study that measures the actual performance of these proposals using real implementations. In this work, we use the BLIP and TinyRPL implementations in TinyOS 2.x to evaluate the performance of the newly proposed standards and compare them with CTP, the de-facto routing protocol standard for TinyOS. Our results indicate that the performance of TinyRPL is comparable with CTP and at the same time, TinyRPL can provide additional functionalities that traditional WSN routing protocols could not provide. We also discovered several issues, relevant to system developers and the standardization groups, which can enhance the proposed standards’ performance."

Link: here

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Embedded Web Services Workshop at UBI Summer School 2011


Apply by March 15, 2011
"The 2nd International UBI Summer School 2011 will be held in Oulu, Finland, on May 23-28, 2011. The purpose of the summer school is to provide young researchers with an opportunity to gain hands on experience and insight on selected topics on the multidisciplinary fields of ubiquitous and urban computing under the tutelage of distinguished experts.
The summer school builds on the highly successful legacy of the 1st International UBI Summer School 2010held in Oulu on May 31 - June 4, 2010. It comprised of six parallel workshops that enrolled 72 students from 20 countries.
The summer school comprises of five parallel workshops:
Up to 16 students will be enrolled to each workshop in two phases:
1. Open international call with application deadline on March 15, 2011. Each prospective student has to submit an application. Selected students will be notified by March 22, 2011, and they have to confirm their enrollment via registration by March 31, 2011 (including payment of registration fee).
2. Filling of any remaining seats via registration on "first come first served" basis after March 31, 2011. 
If you are interested in attending the summer school, please submit your application by March 15, 2011."
Source: link

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

TazPad packs Android, NFC, and ZigBee for CeBIT 2011 debut

If you are looking for a new tablet computer CeBIT 2011 is right around the corner and you can bet there will be many tablets that debut at the show. One of the tablets that we know will be seen at the show is from a company called TazTag and is dubbed the TazPad.

Image Courtesy: Slashgear

The tablet is claimed to be the first Android tablet with NFC on the market. The TazPad has a 7-inch screen that supports multitouch and has Full HD support and HDMI output. The TazPad also features WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, and ZigBee.

Other features include a camera, GPS, and an accelerometer. The tablet is set to ship in Q2 and we don’t have any other specs or pricing details at this time. I wonder what CPU and version of Android the tablet runs.

Source: Slashgear

Friday, February 25, 2011

openAlerts: open source software for remote monitoring and control of sensors over IP networks

"openAlerts is free, open source software to remotely monitor and control sensors over IP networks. With openAlerts you can configure, control and monitor sensors from a web browser, receive e-mail and text message alerts, and trigger control commands based on sensor conditions."

Image courtesy: openAlerts
Check out more details at http://openalerts.org/

Upcoming WG Meetings and Events of Interest at IETF 80

FRIDAY, March 25, 2011:
Interconnecting Smart Objects with the Internet Workshop

Saturday, March 26, 2011:
0830-1900
Tutorial on Interconnecting Smart Objects with the Internet

MONDAY, March 28, 2011
1300-1500
core Constrained RESTful Environments WG
1510-1610
lwig Light-Weight Implementation Guidance

TUESDAY, March 29, 2011
1520-1700
6lowpan IPv6 over Low power WPAN WG

WEDNESDAY, March 30, 2011
1510-1610
core Constrained RESTful Environments WG

THURSDAY, March 31, 2011
1520-1720
roll Routing Over Low power and Lossy networks WG

Tutorial on "Interconnecting Smart Objects with the Internet" at IETF80

HM: The registration deadline already passed but the news was still worth sharing :) 

Tutorial on Interconnecting Smart Objects with the Internet
Prague, Saturday, 26th March 2011

Agenda

Time Session Description
Details in the agenda may change.
8:30am - 9:00am Breakfast Coffee
9:00am - 9:15am Opening Remarks and Logistics
9:15am - 10:15am Getting Started with IPv6 in Low-Power Wireless Personal Area Networks (Carsten Bormann)
10:15am - 10:30am Coffee Break
10:30am - 11:30pm Understanding Routing in Low-Power and Lossy Networks (JP Vasseur)
11:30pm - 12:30pm Lunch Break
12:30pm - 1:45pm Introduction to Resource-Oriented Applications in Constrained Networks (Zach Shelby)
1:45pm - 2:00pm Coffee Break
2:00pm - 2:15pm Service Discovery (Stuart Cheshire)
2:15pm - 2:30pm Coffee Break
2:30pm - 3:45pm Considerations for Constrained Devices (Adam Dunkels)
3:45pm - 4:00pm Coffee Break
4:00pm - 5:30pm Putting IETF Building Blocks Together - ZigBee IP (Robert Cragie)
5:30pm - 7:00pm Refreshment Break
7:00pm Social Event
Goals for the Tutorial Day

This tutorial day was scheduled with the following goals in mind:

* Make IETF participants aware of work in relevant working groups
* Introduce IETF activities to engineers as well as researchers who have not been active in the IETF before
* Help everyone to get a better understanding of implications caused by performance-constrained devices
* Get to know others and make friends for future collaboration Registration

The workshop is open to everyone but we require registration to ensure that we have a large enough room (and enough coffee/cookies). We may need to limit the number of participants.

The deadline for registration is the 11th February 2011.

Please add your name and your email address to the following Doodle page: http://www.doodle.com/xarbbx7b4cah9wfn

Your email address is important since it allows us to get in contact with you regarding details of the meeting venue.

Participation at the tutorial is free of charge. There is no requirement to either register or attend the attached IETF#80 meeting nor to join the workshop on the day prior to the tutorial. Neverthless, we strongly encourage participants to make use of the opportunity to attend the workshop day as well as the IETF#80 meeting where further discussions about technologies relevant for the workshop theme will take place. Note that there is a position paper requirement for attending the workshop.
Privacy Policy

You provide your name and your email address for the registration to the tutorial. We use this information for planning purposes (such as finding a room with the appropriate size, coffe and refreshment order, etc.). We also need to inform you about the meeting venue, or other urgent and relevant notifications.

IPR Policy

This workshop is part of the "IETF Standards Process", as defined in RFC 5378 and RFC 3979 (updated by RFC 4879). The IETF Note Well statement applies.

Organizers

This tutorial is organized by members from the following groups: Internet Architecture Board (IAB), the IETF Internet Area, the IETF Routing Area, the IETF Applications Area, the Czech Technical University in Prague, and the European Commission.

Read More: http://www.iab.org/about/workshops/smartobjects/tutorial.html

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Video: WS4D - uDPWS SpO2 Sensor over 6LoWPAN and Android App in Action


Video: Link here


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

HomeGrid Forum and ZigBee Alliance Team to Establish Wired and Wireless Smart Home Applications

Home Networking Powerhouses Sign Liaison Agreement to Ensure G.hn/G.hnem Wired and ZigBee Smart Energy Wireless Devices Work Seamlessly Together in Home Energy Management Networks

"BEAVERTON, OR--(Marketwire - 02/10/11) - The HomeGrid Forum (HGF) today announced a new liaison agreement with the ZigBee® Alliance to extend their collaboration on the ZigBee Smart Energy™ standard development. This work will pave the way for consumers and utilities to use ZigBee Smart Energy version 2.0 wireless or wired networks to further advance Smart Grid programs and deliver new energy, financial and environmental savings."

Read More: here

Texas Instruments brings ZigBee home automation to smartphones & tablets

"Texas Instruments is showing off their latest tech at Mobile World Congress 2011, including a ZigBee stack which will support various ZigBee profiles on Android, including the RF4CE, Home Automation, and Smart Energy profiles. This will allow your smartphone or tablet to interact with your home automation setup directly."

Read More: cocoontech.com

IPSO Alliance to Discuss 'Securing IP Smart Objects' in Free Webinar

Speakers from member companies Atmel, Dust Networks, and Mocana

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Feb. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The IPSO Alliance, the organization defining the "Internet of Things," today announced a free webinar titled "Securing IP Smart Objects." The 60-minute live session, scheduled for March 1st at 9 a.m. PST, includes speakers from Atmel, Dust Networks, and Mocana.

The increasing number of smart objects creates new opportunities for hackers to disrupt services, steal sensitive information, and commit fraud. IPSO's webinar will focus on smart object applications and relevant threats as well as evaluate at a high-level different approaches to secure against these threats. It will also offer some practical guidelines for building security into sensitive applications such as health care, and discuss some misconceptions about securing these devices.

"Confidentiality, integrity and authentication are some of the most important data security concerns for smart objects," said Kurt Stammberger, chairman of IPSO's Security Committee. "Thinking about smart object security early pays off in compelling ways, ensuring trust and enabling personalization, automation and context intelligent policy enforcement when these objects are fully 'operationalized' and integrated into the day to day operations of an organization. IPSO and its Security Working Group are out in front and doing really interesting and relevant work helping to secure the Internet of Things."

Webinar speakers include:
Geoff Mulligan – IPSO's chairman
Colin O'Flynn – Low-Power Wireless Division, Atmel
Kris Pister – Founder and Chief Technologist, Dust Networks
Kurt Stammberger, CISSP – VP Market Development, Mocana

Attendees can ask questions at the end of the presentations.
To register for the live webinar, "Securing IP Smart Objects," please visit www.ipso-alliance.org.
NOTE: The webinar will also be recorded and posted to the IPSO website for future reference.

About IPSO Alliance
The IPSO Alliance is the primary advocate for IP networked devices for use in energy, consumer, healthcare and industrial applications. The IPSO Alliance is a non-profit association of more than 55 members from leading technology, communications and energy companies. Their mission is to enable the foundation for a network that will allow any sensor-enabled physical object to communicate to another, just as individuals do over the Internet. Membership is open to any organization supporting an IP-based approach to connecting smart objects. For more information, visit www.ipso-alliance.org.

Media Contact:
Shannon Mayette
IPSO Alliance
602.882.4733
smayette@ipso-alliance.org

SOURCE: IPSO Alliance

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

IPSO Alliance starts 2011 strong with the addition of five new members

"Expanding membership increases global and market momentum

Colorado Springs, CO, –February 8, 2011–The IPSO Alliance, the organization defining the “Internet of Things,” today announced the addition of five industry-leading companies- BII Group (Beijing Internet Institute) at the Promoter level and AvaLAN Wireless Systems, Tritech, Synapse Wireless and Ubilogix as Contributors, bringing its total membership to 57 members. IPSO’s growing membership signifies the worldwide interest to employ Internet Protocol (IP) for Smart Objects, allowing items ranging from appliances to factories to cars to communicate as individuals do over the Internet.

“The dynamic of 57 companies collaborating together is energizing,” said IPSO’s Chairman, Geoff Mulligan. “As our membership continues to expand, so does our potential to deliver innovative applications based on IP. BII Group is the first organization from China to join the Alliance, showing a vibrant worldwide interest for the Internet of Things”.

IPSO’s newest members come from a wide range of energy and technology-related industries:"

BII Group –  www.biigroup.com

AvaLAN Wireless Systems – www.avalanwireless.com

Tritech – www.meshnetbytritech.com and www.tritech.se

Synapse Wireless- www.synapse-wireless.com

Ubilogix – www.ubilogix.com

More: IPSO Alliance

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Video: [French] TEDxParis 2011 - rafi Haladjian - L'Internet des objets

Rafi Haladjian on the Internet of Things at TEDxParis 2011 [In French]

Video: Link

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Video: Arrayent powered Internet-Connected products

Video: Link


"Internet-Connect your thermostat to the internet in a single day. Try it out with our Devkit: http://arrayent.com/arrayentEstore/store.php"

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

IPSO Alliance Technical Webinar – “Embedded Web Services”

“Embedded Web Services,” will cover how new standards are enabling embedded web services for even the most constrained IP smart objects and networks. Today web services are key to powering modern enterprise IT systems. Web service technology is playing an equally important role as IP smart objects are rapidly being integrated into backend systems in applications such as smart energy, building automation and asset management.

Webinar Date: January 18, 2011 at 8:00 AM PST

More: here

Sunday, January 9, 2011

CFP: IEEE MASS 2011

The 8th IEEE International Conference on Mobile Ad-hoc and Sensor
Systems
October 17-21, 2011, Valencia (Spain)

Important dates:

Papers:
Abstract Due: March 20, 2011
Manuscripts Due: March 27, 2011
Acceptance Notification: June 17, 2011
Camera-ready Submission: July 17, 2011

*Topics of interest:*
Original, unpublished contributions are solicited in all aspects of (mobile)
ad-hoc networks and wireless sensor networks (WSN), systems and
applications. Topics include, but are not limited to:
- Vehicular networks and protocols
- Wireless mesh networks and cognitive networks
- MAC layer design for ad-hoc networks and WSNs
- MAC protocols (802.11, 802.15.4, UWB)
- Multi-channel, multi-radio and MIMO technologies
- Cross layer design and optimization
- P2P, overlay, and content distribution architectures for ad-hoc and sensor
networks
- Delay tolerant networks and opportunistic networking
- Power-aware architectures, algorithms and protocols design
- Clustering, topology control, coverage and connectivity
- Routing protocols (unicast, multicast, broadcast, geocast)
- Data transport and management in WSNs
- Data gathering, fusion, and dissemination in WSNs
- Localization and synchronization in WSNs
- Cooperative sensing in WSNs
- Capacity planning and admission control in ad-hoc and sensor networks
- Handoff / mobility management and seamless internetworking
- Resource management and wireless QoS Provisioning
- Key management, trust establishment in wireless networks
- Security and privacy issues in ad hoc and sensor networks
- Reliability, resiliency and fault tolerance techniques
- Security, privacy issues in vehicular, DTNs, and mesh networks
- Operating systems and middle-ware support
- Novel applications and architectures for WSNs
- Modeling, analysis and performance evaluation
- Measurements and experience from experimental systems and test-beds

More: http://mass2011.upv.es

CFP: The 7th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing in Sensor Systems (DCOSS'11)

The 7th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing in
Sensor Systems (DCOSS'11)

June 27 - 29, 2011, Barcelona, Spain.

Important Dates:

Paper submission: Feb 4, 2011
Notification: March 25, 2011
Camera-ready: April 11, 2011

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

- Computation and programming models
- Energy models, minimization, awareness
- Distributed collaborative information processing
- Detection and tracking
- Theoretical performance analysis:complexity, correctness, scalability
- Abstractions for modular design
- Fault tolerance and security
- Languages, operating systems
- Task allocation, reprogramming and reconfiguration
- Dynamic resource management
- Scalable, heterogeneous architectures (node and system-level)
- Middleware interfaces, communication and processing primitives
- Design, simulation and optimization tools for deployment and operation
- Design automation and application synthesis techniques
- closed-loop control for sensing and actuation
- Case studies: lessons from real world deployments
- Network coding and compression

General Co-Chair
Ivan Stojmenovic, University of Ottawa, Canada
Mischa Dohler, Centre Tecnologic de Telecom. de Catalunya,Spain

Technical Program Chair
Adam Dunkels, Swedish Institute of Computer Science,Sweden

More: http://www.dcoss.org/
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