A confluence of technological advances (long-lasting power sources, low-cost sensors and high network reliability) is contributing to a revolution in wireless sensor networking. Most recent work has enabled sensor nodes to be extremely low-power requiring infrequent maintenance and allowing easy installations in areas where wires were impractical. More importantly, mesh networking guarantees data to be collected reliably. Over the next few years, market forces will continue to drive down the size and cost of these devices and platforms. Today, wireless sensor networks are changing what we know about and how we interact with our surroundings such diverse applications as perimeter security monitoring, building automation or industrial monitoring.
In the News:
In the May 9, 2005 edition of the on-line New York Times:
|A Web of Sensors, Taking Earth's Pulse|
About the speaker:
The inventor of Smart Dust and a longtime leader in the academic wireless sensor networking community, Kris Pister co-founded Dust Networks in 2002 to deliver his vision of a commercially robust wireless sensor networking platform. Kris is the chief architect of Dust Networks’ patent pending SmartMesh™ technology, and also provides a strong technology vision for the company and for the wireless sensing industry. He is a frequent invited speaker and lecturer on wireless sensor networking and related core technologies. Previously, Kris successfully commercialized or licensed micromachine technologies with Tanner Research, OMM Inc., Xactix – a project that was subsequently licensed by Sony. As a member of the JASONs and a former member of ISAT and DSSG, he has made a significant contribution to the Department of Defense technology vision. He is currently a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at UC Berkeley. Kris holds a PhD and MS in electrical engineering and computer science from UC Berkeley and a BS from UC San Diego.
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