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Working Group Session

SIBF: Business Applications of Distributed Sensors and Sensor Networks

TUESDAY, JULY 22, 2003

3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Invitation Only.

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One aspect of research and commercial development in the Smart Items area is Sensor Nets. In general the objective is make use of sensory information gathered from a number of point sources and build an overall picture of the situation. This has obvious military applications and has been the subject of DARPA and other federal research for more than 30 years. Recently wireless technology like 802.11 wi-fi and low power standards like Blue-Tooth and 802.15.4 have opened the economic feasibility of low-cost wireless-based ad-hoc networks. There are also MEMS-based and other technology sensors that can provide richer information than traditional temperature, vibration and light.

In this Smart Items Business Forum Working Group, the focus will be on exploring the commercial business applications of sensor net technology. For the purpose of discussion we should assume the availability of multi-hop radio technology. It may be valuable to discuss any emerging biological or other sensors that will open new business applications. The prime focus of discussion will be on identifying existing or emerging commercial application domains that can serve widely applicable business needs.