The Center for Information and Systems Engineering (CISE) at Boston University has just announced a Sensor Network Consortium to drive sensor network R&D. The Sensor Network Consortium (SNC) will facilitate interaction between academia and industry participants including sensor networking technology innovators, system integrators, OEMs, and end users.
BP CTO Bob Waring said, ‘We anticipate a strategic advantage from operational efficiency gains due to sensory network deployment. We see an opportunity for BP to be a testbed for technologies developed by the SNC.’
The Consortium will capitalize on federal funding and state initiatives, such as the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. Members include BP, Honeywell, Invensys, Millennial Net and Textron Systems.
Millennial CTO Sokwoo Rhee added, ‘The Consortium is a terrific platform for technology development that is both innovative and practical. An organized forum that links cutting-edge research with real-world requirements will enable the industry to get high-quality products and systems to market more quickly.’ Boston University’s Yannis Paschalidis is to head up the SNC.
Earlier this year, Millennial announced a new wireless sensor networking platform that operates on 868 MHz radio band for license-free operation in Europe. The iB-5208 product line rounds out the Millennial Net product offerings that include the iB-5209 family for 916 MHz license-free operation in North America and the iB-5324 ZigBee-ready family for worldwide license-free operation on 2.4 GHz.
The Millennial Net Sensor Network Management (SNM) software and Application Programming Interface (API) provide sophisticated management tools for its wireless sensor networking platform. The software eases the installation and maintenance of wireless mesh networks and greatly reduces the complexity of connecting and managing vast networks of sensors and other monitoring devices.
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