Case Study on Space Shuttle Wireless Sensor Monitoring Highlights Wireless Sensing Solutions Conference Program

FRAMINGHAM, MA – August 2, 2005 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for IT markets, today announced details of the conference program for Wireless Sensing Solutions(R), scheduled to take place in Chicago on September 27-28, 2005 at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza. The conference program will explore the opportunities, applications, execution and recent successful deployments of wireless sensor networking worldwide.

A featured session during the two-day conference program will provide a case study describing how wireless sensor networking is being used to monitor the Space Shuttle. Presented by Joe Andrulis, VP Marketing, Director Wireless Solutions Group, RF Monolithics, this session will concentrate on the factors that drive key design decisions involving the selection and use of wireless radio technologies, network topologies and standards-based sensing architectures. In addition to exploring Space Shuttle sensing systems, the session will also include an in-depth look at other real-world applications, such as Automated Meter Reading and Bar Inventory Management.

Several other successful wireless sensor deployments will be presented by industry leaders during the conference program, including case studies providing a detailed look at:

— Wireless Fire Extinguishers

— Wireless Petro-chemical Process Monitoring

— Highway and Bridge Infrastructure Monitoring

— Home Automation and Automated Meter Reading

— Residential and Commercial Security

— Residential Home Monitoring and Control

The Wireless Sensing Solutions conference program features two days packed with useful and relevant sessions divided among three tracks:

— The Technology Solutions Track focuses on how wireless sensing works and explores the benefits that it offers. Sessions enable attendees to get up to speed on the latest advancements in wireless sensors, protocol stacks and software applications for wireless sensing solutions. This track is co-chaired by Craig Mathias of Farpoint Group and Peter Stein of Sensicast.

— The Systems Integration & Development Track examines how wireless sensors and mesh networks can be implemented and incorporated into new or existing legacy infrastructures. Sessions offer insight into project planning, execution strategies, and tools for evaluating the collected data. This track is co-chaired by John Williams of FocalPoint Group and Richard Dean of Avaya.

— The Wireless Sensing in Action Track focuses on the ramifications of the technology from a business opportunity perspective. Sessions give real-world case studies demonstrating how business models are changing, the return on investment, and the opportunities that exist for business and product development. This track is co-chaired by Ian McPherson of Wireless Data Research and Tod Riedel of MIJA Industries.

Other featured conference sessions offered at Wireless Sensing Solutions will be:

— Case Study – Wireless Petro-chemical Process Monitoring, presented by Peter Fuhr, PhD, Chief Technology Officer, Apprion and Hesh Kagan, Director of Business Development, Invensys. This session examines how Invensys and its partner Apprion are working with major chemical plants to successfully introduce wireless sensing into this industry.

— Mesh Technology – Mesh Issues, moderated by Glen Allmendinger, President, Harbor Research. This session will look at how to map real-world applications onto meshes.

— Sensor Technology – Trends in Sensor Technology, moderated by Dan Sexton, Project Leader, GE Global Research, Sensicast Systems, with panelists from General Electric Global Research and Crossbow Technology. This session will explore the current state of the art in sensor capabilities and products.

— Getting Past the Chips: Designing, Building and Managing the Wireless Sensing Application, moderated by Hanns-Christian L. Hanebeck, Director, Enterprise Applications, GlobeRanger, with panelists from IBM, Freescale Semiconductor, Millennial Net and National Instruments. This session will discuss how the contemporary services firm delivers a comprehensive services architecture.

— The Real-World Benefits Behind the ZigBee Buzz. Is the Technology Right for You?, moderated by Larry Pereira, Business Development, Marketing, Strategic Alliances, Signal Technologies with panelists from ZigBee Alliance, Airbee Wireless and Embedded Research Solutions. This session explores the basic and expanded use of ZigBee in sensor applications requiring low power and a minimum of communications interference.

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About Wireless Sensing Solutions

The second annual Wireless Sensing Solutions(R) conference is an event for the budding industry of wireless sensor networking. The event explores the promise of wireless sensor networking – based on sophisticated mesh networking techniques – while providing a unique forum for design engineers, product development managers, system and application developers and executive management to discuss evolving standards, interoperability, technologies and product strategy. For more information, visit

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