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Sensor net experts offer advice

SAN JOSE, Calif. — In this era of the Internet of Things, you are increasingly likely to get pulled into a project involving wireless sensor networks. Two engineers experienced in the field will provide a little free mentoring, and take live questions, in an EE Times Radio show, Monday May 9 at 11am PT.

One speaker, Anthony Rowe, helped deploy a microgrid in Haiti and build a drone-based network as an associate professor of engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. He also brought networked smarts to a 40,000 sq. ft. academic building on the CMU campus working with the other speaker, Christopher Martin, a director engineering and R&D at the Bosch Research and Technology Center in Pittsburgh.

IoT deployments can be flaky. “We are seeing an increasing number of new systems that interact directly with the environment where poor performance, unanticipated results and failure can be catastrophic,” says Rowe on his Web site.

Work on deploying microgrids in Haiti where “less than 25% of the population has access to electricity project” was a case in point, according to the CMU Web page on the effort. “Although more than 30 microgrids have been developed in Haiti since the mid-1980s, few of them continue to operate sustainably,” it said.

CMU's drone network uses open source software and GPS and high-power 802.15.4 radios. (Image: CMU)

CMU's drone network uses open source software and GPS and high-power 802.15.4 radios. (Image: CMU)

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