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Crossbow Technology, a leading supplier of wireless sensor technology, announced the release of an Environmental Sensor Bus development platform. The plug-and-play architecture hooks to a wide range of sensors with ease analogous to USB, says the company.

The ESB capability allows users to quickly and effortlessly customize the rugged system by integrating smart and custom sensors for their own applications whether it be groundwater contamination or wildfire monitoring.

“Scientists at UMass Boston Center for Coastal Environmental Sensing Networks (CESN) have been researching the development of ‘smart’ sensor networks for observing interactions of coastal systems around Boston Harbor. According to Francesco Peri, Managing Director of CESN, “the eKo real-time system is an ideal platform to bridge the land-water sensor network barrier and is helping us to detect hot spots and hot moments.”

The eKo system is a miniaturized, solar-powered outdoor wireless monitoring system that enables users to quickly and easily set up a wireless communication infrastructure. It’s designed for any outdoor wireless monitoring requirement and features the ES9000, ES9100 and ES9200 all designed to enable the specific interface for the diverse sensors that can be integrated with the eKo solution.

The Massachusetts Bay is being stitched together by scientists at UMass Boston under the leadership of Dr. Robert Chen, who is developing an inexpensive and more accurate sensor to detect total bacteria. Surfers, swimmers, and fishermen can be alerted to dangerous bacterial levels in the water, unusual environmental conditions, or predictions of rising seas. These scientists envision forecasts of beach conditions delivered on demand to mobile handsets.

Open source resource mapping projects like Oregon Explorer and Willamette Basin Explorer can make those databases available to everyone. Oregon’s Ecotrust is developing an Open OceanMap, collected through interviews with fishermen using a computer-based map interface in preparation of Ocean Sanctuaries. OpenOceanMap is an ambitious project to break the ties of traditional geo-spatial data collection and embark on the development of a truly cross platform, Open Source, and transportable decision support tool.

U.S. researchers are developing new wireless sensor networks for Mount St. Helens explains the Wireless Sensor Blog.

WSU Vancouver Professor WenZhan Song, and hydrologist Rick LaHusen teamed up to develop a dozen of smart robotic sensors which talk to each other and send information to a central information hub at the Johnston Ridge Observatory located atop the Mount St. Helens visitor center. A high-bandwidth microwave link relays the signal between Mount. St. Helens and the WSU Vancouver campus, with support from the USGS.

ICO Oregon (Innovate, Collaborate, Oregon), promotes interaction between industry and Oregon research universities: Oregon Health & Science University, Oregon State University, Portland State University & University of Oregon.

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