Wireless remote data
Technologies and sample systems that gather sensor data across distances, usually via radio links. This includes general telemetry and SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition), especially for gathering data about wildlife, natural resources, and distributed energy systems.

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daily link  Saturday, June 12, 2004


CyberTracker: A PDA program designed for recording conservation data in the field, even by non-literate users.  12:24:58 AM  permalink  


daily link  Friday, June 11, 2004


True value labels: Interesting idea for camera cell phones as bar code readers.  "A label similar to the nutritional facts one on food items in the super market was proposed. It should list all raw material, labor, pollutants, air, miles of transport, ... that went into that product. I think it would be shocking for people to find out how many miles are driven for just a simple strawberry yogurt.  ..

There is a service where you can send your smart phone camera picture of a barcode and it sends you back the product number.   We don't need the label on the product, with these technologies we can bring the information into the hands of the interested consumer? "

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UNOPS offers developing country satellite data: "Satellite Imagery Now Available to UN and NGOs:  UN agencies and non-governmental organizations involved in humanitarian assistance, peace-keeping, and post-conflict reconstruction now have round-the-clock global Internet access to satellite imagery as the result of an initiative led by an international consortium that includes UNOPS."

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daily link  Wednesday, June 09, 2004


Apple - AirPort Express: Nice new wifi gizmo.  Plug it into the wall, it'll find wifi, repeat it, provide it via ethernet, use it to share a printer over its USB port, and use it to provide iTunes audio (e.g., to a stereo).  Currently $130.  5:07:54 PM  permalink  


daily link  Monday, June 07, 2004


Balancing Act: A UK company that does African IT media, policy and project consulting.  Their African internet developments news service has current and detailed information on developments among carriers and governments.  9:34:04 AM  permalink  


daily link  Sunday, June 06, 2004


I have created a new category in this blog to carry notes culled about virtual computing, including virtual machines, virtual storage networks, and distributed and grid computing.  Earlier blog entries on grid and distributed computing have been spread between General Networking and Network Software categories.  I have a backlog to blog in the new category today; my apologies to subscribers to the whole blog if this isn't your cup of tea...  10:29:49 AM  permalink  

Damn Small Linux, 50 megabytes of penguin power: "Damn Small Linux is a business card size (50MB) bootable Live CD Linux distribution. Despite its minuscule size it strives to have a functional and easy to use desktop."  Pretty neat; could be useful for embedded systems or for virtual machines.  Many applications included.   8:46:08 AM  permalink  

Wireless Sensors Monitor Glacier Behavior: ", an interdisciplinary team of the University of Southampton, GlacsWeb, has deployed a network of wireless sensors inside a Norwegian glacier to record its behavior. This news release, "Sensor Technology Comes in from the Cold" says that the sensor probes, housed in 'electronic pebbles,' are buried 60 meters under the surface of the glacier. And they transmit wirelessly their observations about temperature, pressure or ice movement to a base station located on the surface, which relays the readings to a server in the UK by mobile phone. " (Thanks, Roland)  7:41:51 AM  permalink  


daily link  Saturday, June 05, 2004


Camera Phones Help Buyers: Brilliant - use a cell phone camera to scan bar codes in stores to get info about a product.  "With the camera-phone scanner, "you can aggregate a lot of different information from different sources just by scanning something. You can do that on your own or at a desktop computer, but then you have to look up a bunch of sources and go looking for all the individual sites and so on."  You might get competitive price offers, consumer reviews, or dietary information about a product.  Other codes (named QR for quick response, or Semacode) are in use in Japan for transferring business card info, getting directions and local event info, etc.  10:49:23 PM  permalink  

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