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Monday, September 20, 2004

'Smart Dust' for Monitoring Ready for Sale
Kris Pister is one of the pioneers of the concept of 'smart dust,' or grids of very small wireless communication nodes dubbed 'motes,' which permit to monitor the environment. Now, Pister is the CTO of Berkeley-based Dust Networks. Today, according to both the Wall Street Journal (paid registration needed) and Business 2.0, this company is delivering its first products, composed of motes and specialized software.

The motes are linked to sensors which detect temperature, air flow or humidity, and wirelessly inform systems which monitor building security or manufacturing processes. This will -- theoretically -- lead to businesses that are run even more efficiently than they are today. If you want to try it, an evaluation kit, including 12 motes, will cost you $4,950. Read more for selected excerpts from the above articles and an illustration of the SmartMesh concept.
:: posted by Roland Piquepaille, 1:26 PM Comments (0)
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