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Wireless networking company gives $50,000 gift to Institute for Software Integrated Systems at Vanderbilt

Feb. 5, 2008, 10:55 AM

Crossbow Inc., a leading provider of wireless sensor network platforms, has given a research program at Vanderbilt’s Institute for Software Integrated Systems (ISIS) a gift of $50,000 to help advance the state of the art in wireless sensor networks (WSN).

“We are pleased to have received Crossbow’s support for our research program,” said Research Associate Professor Akos Ledeczi, who directs the program. “We are happy to participate in the development of leading-edge wireless sensor network solutions.”

Ledeczi’s team has made some important advances in wireless sensor network technology and developed some well-known applications.

For example, they developed the first WSN-based counter-sniper system for the U.S. military. The latest version can localize the position of shooters accurately and can even identify the caliber and the type of weapon a sniper is using. For more information see http://www.isis.vanderbilt.edu/projects/nest/applications.html.

The group also developed a new method for determining the position of individual nodes in a wireless network using a technique called radio interferometric positioning. The method pinpoints node positions with unprecedented accuracy. For more information see http://www.isis.vanderbilt.edu/projects/nest/selfloc.html.

All of these systems work on Crossbow’s sensor nodes using the open source TinyOS operating environment.

“We are happy to participate in the advancement of the open source TinyOS 2.0 environment and are really excited to be one of the first ones to work with the advanced nodes introduced by Crossbow a few months ago,” Ledeczi said.
Crossbow Technology, Inc. (http://www.xbow.com) produces leading-edge inertial systems and innovative wireless sensor networks with low-power, open architecture platforms.

Media Contact:David F. Salisbury, (615) 322-NEWS
david.salisbury@vanderbilt.edu

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