Wireless RTLS Mesh Networks: No Wires Required (Energy Harvesting & Storage USA 2010)

Dr Kris Pister, CTO and Director
Dust Networks
United States
Nov 17, 2010.


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Presentation Summary

  • 802.15.4 mesh networks based on time-synchronized, channel hopping protocols such as TSMP or WirelessHART offer carrier-class reliability and network-wide low power, enabling every node to operate for many years on batteries, energy harvesting power sources or line power.
  • Integration of time-of-flight measurement functionality into 802.15.4 chipsets creates a breakthrough opportunity for a "no-wires" mesh network that supports more accurate location measurements than RSSI-based systems
  • Wire-free mesh networks dramatically cut the installation cost of RTLS infrastructure, while offering the ability to simultaneously transmit wireless sensor data, control signals and accurate location information for both static and moving objects.

Speaker Biography (Kris Pister)

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 Dust SmartMesh™ technology, and also provides a strong technology vision for the company and for the wireless sensing industry- Kris is a frequent invited speaker and lecturer on wireless sensor networking and related core technologies. Prior to founding Dust, Kris successfully commercialized or licensed micromachine technologies with Tanner Research, OMM Inc., Xactix, and Sony. Kris holds a PhD and MS in electrical engineering and computer sciences from UC Berkeley and a BS from UC San Diego.

Company Profile (Dust Networks)

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Dust Networks, part of Linear Technology Corporation, is the leader in standards-based intelligent wireless sensor networking (WSN), providing ultralow-power, scalable, highly reliable embedded systems for a wide range of markets. Dust Networks products enable monitoring and control solutions, providing unprecedented access to information from the physical world, for improved operations, safer work environments, and increased competitive advantage. Linear Technology provides energy harvesting, power management and signal conditioning products to the WSN market. Linear Technology's high performance analog integrated circuits also include data conversion, RF and interface ICs and µModule subsystems. For more information, visit www.linear.com and www.dustnetworks.com.
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