Upcoming highlights at Energy Harvesting and WSN USA 2012

Upcoming highlights at Energy Harvesting and WSN USA 2012

Dr Harry Zervos
Upcoming highlights at Energy Harvesting and WSN USA 2012
Working on developing prototypes and innovative products incorporating wireless sensor and energy harvesting technologies, presentations from electronics giant Intel and innovative start-up NovioTech will excite attendees with their proposed solutions to achieve optimized power consumption performance characteristics.
INTEL
Milan Milenkovic with Intel will be discussing the development of a Windows application for office environments, the Personal Office Energy Monitor (POEM), that will allow workers to monitor in real time the energy consumed by their PC, printer, heating and lighting. The application will compare this information with the average energy consumption for the department, floor or building, something Intel hopes will encourage workers to adopt energy-saving habits.
 
The application consists of two main components: a desktop application that displays energy usage and other environmental information, and a back-end system that stores the information in a database, and communicates with building management systems from other vendors. The database will hold information from PCs, from the building management system and from other sensors around the building, while the application will also allow the user to tell the central system whether the level of heating or cooling is satisfactory. This is in effect a sensor-enhanced IT platform, which allows for feedback within the personal ecosystem that each office employee works.
 
The POEM application is still in an alpha version, but should reach the market next year, and according to Intel, the company won't sell it directly: it will rely on partners to package and resell the technology.
 
Intel has developed the application as part of its work with the Positive Energy Buildings Consortium. The group's nine members contributed expertise from a number of domains: Bouygues (construction), Intel (computing), Lexmark (printing), Philips (lighting), Sodexo (building management), Steelcase (office furniture), Siemens and Schneider Electric (smart building systems), and Total (energy). The group began in 2008 as a way to prepare for new construction regulations that require new office buildings in France to be energy positive - that is, consuming less energy than they produce from photovoltaic panels, wind generators or other sources.
NovioTech
At the same conference, NovioTech, a Dutch company that received a €1.1 million subsidy in 2010 from Interreg for R&D on its novel concept of a non invasive, wireless and (semi-) continuous glucose sensor will be discussing the breakthroughs and advantages in performance that this device is enabling.
 
NovioSense is a new type of glucose sensor. It is a non-invasive, wireless device which continuously monitors glucose levels to enhance care and treatment of diabetes patients. It enables the introduction of new medical device systems to improve the glucose management of diabetes patients and thus to significantly improve the quality of life of people living with diabetes. . Instead of sampling blood, this biosensor measures glucose levels using other tissue fluids, such as sweat or tears. The sensor is so small it could easily fit under a fingernail, measuring at 0.5-by-2 millimeters.
 
NovioSense is being developed by NovioTech, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, a fully privately held corporation committed to bringing new technological solutions to the market.
 
NovioTech collaborates with the Radboud University Nijmegen which has a long standing record of research in the field, and with research institutes in the EU and academic hospitals for the clinical research and evaluation of the NovioSense glucose sensor
 
For more information on the conference presentations by NovioTech and Intel, as well as many more including Bombardier, GE, Shell and BT Innovation Center, please visit the website: www.IDTechEx.com/ehUSA