Wireless Smart Devices and Their Coordination
Project Award Date: 01-10-2001
This subcontract to Ambient Computing, Inc.'s Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project will support development of innovative technologies for smart infrastructure, and in particular wireless sensors and control devices that will be coordinated by a distributed software system called the MetaOS. The first smart wireless devices will focus on environmental sensing and control; that is, measurement and control of parameters such as temperature and humidity, although these devices will be merely archetypes for a wide range of smart components. The behavior of the smart devices will be coordinated by the MetaOS, a software system developed by Ambient Computing, Inc. to provide traditional operating system functions to fully distributed collections of smart computing and networking devices. The proposed system will demonstrate the technical and commercial feasibility of connected and coordinated smart devices. The early commercial applications of the proposed work will focus on improvement of energy consumption and personalization of environmental parameters. Existing means of addressing these problems are highly proprietary, difficult, and expensive to deploy; and they support only limited algorithmic sophistication due to the limited sensing and control options. The proposed, more advanced systems, built upon accepted standards following advantageous cost curves, will lead to significant reduction in overall energy consumption while providing personal comfort and financial benefits to consumers.
This proposed effort will support Ambient Computing, Inc.' s endeavors by testing and evaluating some of the missing and necessary pieces for smart environments, specifically, small and low-cost wireless devices with integrated computing capabilities.
Faculty Investigator(s): Victor Frost (PI)
Primary Sponsor(s): Ambient Computing, Inc.