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IFSA Newsletter, No. 3, March 2005

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Bullet In this issue:


1.   World Wireless Sensors and Wireless Sensor Networks

2.   Use, Awareness of Smart Sensor Standard Limited Among Users of Industrial Electronic Temperature Controllers

3.   New Sensors Books (February 2005)

4.   Monthly Web Spots

5.   Sensors & Transducers Magazine (e-Digest), No.3, March 2005

6.   Sensors Web Portal Up-dates Briefs

7.   Subscriber services

8.   Additional Information


Plus lots more information to be found on Sensors Web Portal: http://www.sensorsportal.com


Bullet World Wireless Sensors and Wireless Sensor Networks (Report)


Although wireless sensor networks are easy to deploy at exceptionally low costs in comparison to a wired network, there are several technical challenges such as network management, monitoring tools, optimal gateway design, and several other hardware considerations that need to be addressed. However, the biggest challenge to date is increasing the average deployable network size from the existing few hundred nodes to a thousand nodes or more. Most companies in this field are working toward systems that can perform robustly and efficiently when scaled up to a size of around 500 nodes. Test demonstrations of 800 node networks are have already been completed successfully but more concerted efforts are required for gaining a competitive advantage in the mainstream market.


This research analyzes emerging developments that will enable wireless sensor networks to make an impact across various industry verticals. In addition to identifying major technology drivers and challenges, the research provides in-depth application analysis. Participants can also easily identify potential collaborators to stay ahead of the competition and remain shoulder-to-shoulder with critical developments.


Table of Contents and pricing info: http://www.gii.co.jp/english/fs26401_wireless_sensors_toc.html


Related to this report are:


1) Wireless Machine-to-Machine: An In-depth Study of Applications and Vertical Markets



2) U.S. Wireless Sensing Networks: R&D and Commercialization Activities



Jeroen Van Heghe

Global Information, Inc.


Bullet Use, Awareness of Smart Sensor Standard Limited Among Users

     of Industrial Electronic Temperature Controllers


A recently published study by Venture Development Corporation (VDC) entitled "The Global Market For Industrial Electronic Temperature Controllers, Eighth Edition" found a high majority of industrial electronic temperature controller users to be unfamiliar with the IEEE 1451 smart sensor standard. VDC also found that of the users familiar with the standard, only 11% are using smart sensors with TEDS (Transducer Electronic Data Sheets).


In development since 1994, IEEE 1451 attempts to provide an industry standard to reduce the cost of creating unique smart sensors for each bus/network to which these would be connected. TEDS is an embedded memory chip in the sensor that contains sensor-related data, enabling the sensor to automatically identify itself once connected to a bus or network. More information about this standard can be found at: http://www.sensorsportal.com/HTML/standard.htm


Overall, VDC found among the temperature controller users in its survey:

  • Slightly over 2% to be using smart sensors with TEDS, with another 10% expecting to be using these by the end of 2006.

  • Twenty percent of those familiar with TEDS indicated they did not know when they would use this technology, and another 20% indicated they never will. However, included in these percentages are users familiar with IEEE 1451, but who have no plans to use any smart sensors at all with temperature controllers, and thus have no need for TEDS.

VDC analyst Jake Millette commented, "There are obvious benefits to using smart sensors with digital bus/network interfaces, including the ability to upgrade and incorporate advances in the future. IEEE 1451 with TEDS is one means of making such implementations attractive to users. If temperature controller and sensor suppliers can work together on adopting this standard and educate their customers on its advantages, it can benefit all parties."

Smart Sensor standard diagramm



Bullet New Books (February 2005)


Measurement Systems And Sensors

by Waldemar Nawrocki


Organic and Inorganic Nanostructures

by Alexei Nabok


Measurement Systems and Sensors book cover

Publisher: Artech House Publishers

Hardcover: 342 pages

Pubdate: 28 February, 2005

ISBN: 1580539459


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Organic and Inorganic Nanostructures

Publisher: Artech House Publishers

Hardcover: 286 pages

Pubdate: 28 February, 2005

ISBN: 1580538185


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Bullet Monthly Web Spots


Are you looking who is a manufacturer of an integrated circuit where is only a manufacturer logo ? To determine an IC manufacturer based on a logo on IC lets you ELNEC Web site (Engineering and manufacturing device programming equipment for programmable integrated circuits, Slovak Republic). There are two search possibilities: select by manufacturer name and  by manufacturer logo.


The second web spot - ADIsimADCTM : a virtual evaluation board for ADCs, is from the Analog Devices web site. It give you a great opprtunity to eliminate labour and time-cost hardware prototyping and preliminary experimental investigation for ADCs in terms of reduced system design risk and time to market. Just download ADC Analyser and the ADC model file free. It's that easy. ADI is now offering ADC behavioral models to more precisely model performance of Analog Devices products at specific operating conditions.


ELNEC web page

Analog Device web site

ELNEC Web site, Slovak Republic


ADIsimADCTM : a virtual evaluation board for ADCs



Do you have some interesting web spots in your bookmarks ? You are welcome inform me about it and share these web pearls among sensor community. Please send me the web address to: webmaster@sensorsportal.com



Bullet Sensors & Transducers e-Digest (ISSN 1726-5479), Vol. 53, No. 3, March 2005


Product News

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The deadline for articles, press releases and sponsored White Papers for the next  issue of S&T e-Digest No.4, Vol.54, April 2005 is
April 2005



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