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Smart dust? Not quite, but we’re getting there

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

“In computing, the vision always precedes the reality by a decade or more. The pattern has held true from the personal computer to the Internet, as it takes time, brainpower and investment to conquer the scientific and economic obstacles to nudging a game-changing technology toward the mainstream.

The same pattern, according to scientists in universities and corporate laboratories, is unfolding in the field of sensor-based computing. Years ago, enthusiasts predicted the coming of “smart dust” — tiny digital sensors, strewn around the globe, gathering all sorts of information and communicating with powerful computer networks to monitor, measure and understand the physical world in new ways. But this intriguing vision seemed plucked from the realm of science fiction.”

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University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program’s Open House at Orlando site on Colonial Drive set for Feb. 18

Friday, January 29th, 2010

ORLANDO – The public is invited to attend an open house of the recently expanded University of Central Florida Business Incubator-Orlando Thursday, Feb. 18 at 3218 E. Colonial Drive.

The festivities, which are scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m., will include welcome speeches by Dr. Thomas O’Neal, UCF Associate Vice President for Research and Commercialization and executive director of the Business Incubation Program, and by Tony Ortiz, Orlando City Commissioner for District 2.

The open house also will feature self-guided tours of the 6,400 square-foot facility, as well as finger foods and beverages.

The incubator – a partnership between the City of Orlando and the University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program – opened on Colonial Drive nearly two years ago in a 2,400 square foot office across from Fashion Square Mall with plans to expand into a neighboring office with nearly 4,000 additional square feet, according to Site Manager Melissa Wasserman.

The expansion offers dramatically more common space for clients to meet with business associates including a training room equipped with the latest AV technology and work stations with wireless internet access.

“We are very proud of the quality of our new clients and the functionality of our newly expanded space,” Wasserman said.  “We are eager to welcome the local community to see how the partnership between UCF and Orlando is growing.”

The center’s established residents – OC Grant Consulting Associates, SeaQuarius, Social Security Advocates and Therigy – recently were joined by Brand Advance, Eginity, Excelsior Communications Services Inc., MTK Sports Training, InBusiness Inc., Learn to Learn, MyDocHub, Perceptive Technologies and VideoProof, some of who recently moved in from other UCF incubator locations.

The Orlando incubator is one of six such facilities in the university’s Business Incubation Program.  Others are in East Orange County near UCF, and in Seminole and Lake Counties.

The UCF Business Incubation Program serves nearly 80 full-time client companies and provides a wide range of services, including business mentors, educational classes, affordable office space, as well as access to a receptionist, a site manager, and necessary business equipment like multi-line phones, FAX and high-speed Internet.

For more information please call, 321-281-8384.

About the UCF Incubation Program:
Since its founding in 1999, the UCF Business Incubation Program has helped more than 130 emerging companies (including nearly 80 current clients) create over $500 million in annual revenue and more than 1600 new jobs with an average salary of $59,000. With six facilities across the Greater Orlando community, the Incubation Program is a collaboration in economic development between the University of Central Florida, Orange County, the City of Orlando, Seminole County, the City of Winter Springs, The City of Sanford, Lake County, the City of Leesburg, and the Florida High Tech Corridor Council. For more information, please visit

Research and markets’ latest report focuses on role of ICT in smart houses

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

“According to Research and Markets’ “Smart Houses: Smart Grid Extensions” ICT Markets and Technologies Development report, the U.S. market for information and communications technology, or “ICT,” in Smart Houses is huge, especially with the support of the government.  This latest report addresses development of wireline and wireless information and communication technologies to support the smart house infrastructure.”

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An update on China’s Internet of Things

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

“Late in 2009, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao called in a speech for the development in China of the “Internet of Things” — the use of wireless sensor networks to manage a range of processes in industry and government. Wen’s speech was followed by an announcement from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) making the Internet of Things a priority and establishing a working group on wireless sensor networks.

Regardless of obstacles, the government in China aims to push national industry to make a breakthrough in wireless sensor networking, a key technology in the Internet of Things. And the wireless sensor network will be first deployed in infrastructures, environmental detection, public security, industrial control, and healthcare.”

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Here’s what the future of America’s infrastructure might look like

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

“In last night’s State of the Union address, President Obama talked a lot about the need to upgrade our country’s infrastructure, from power plants to railroads, both to create jobs and to improve efficiency. He wasn’t kidding: We lose an average of seven billion gallons of water a day to leaks in the system. Power interruptions cost the economy about $79 billion annually. And we all remember the Minneapolis bridge collapse, but up to a quarter of all the bridges in the country are in need of attention.

Fortunately, there are some amazing technologies already rolling out, and more just waiting for the funding the President talked about. We reached out to experts in transportation, telecommunications, sewage and water to figure out what kinds of technologies might be part of this next generation of infrastructure and found that the key isn’t patches, it’s an overhaul.

Smart systems that deliver only the power needed or recycle sewage for water and energy. Cantilevered trains could be built over existing roads. Roads could de-ice themselves. Here are 25 of those transformational technologies that might become reality sooner than later.”

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The future of the city

Monday, January 25th, 2010

“…Cities bring together the systems by which our world works: education, transportation, public safety, and health care, among others.  We have the capacity to inject new intelligence into those systems. Enormous computational power can be delivered in forms so small and inexpensive that it is being put into phones, cars, and appliances, as well as things we wouldn’t recognize as computers, such as roadways (to monitor traffic) or rivers (to monitor pollution and better allocate water use). The data captured by these digital devices—soon to number in the trillions—will be turned to intelligence, because we now have the processing power and advanced analytics to make sense of it all.”

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ZigBee Alliance begins development of ZigBee Retail Services

Monday, January 25th, 2010

“The ZigBee® Alliance, a global ecosystem of companies creating wireless solutions for use in energy management, residential, commercial and consumer electronics applications, today announced it has started development of ZigBee Retail Services™, a new standard focusing on the retail experience from point-of-manufacture to point-of-sale. This effort is expected to utilize the wide range of ZigBee’s existing profile capabilities, fully leverage the advantages of ZigBee’s open global solution set, and add significant new capabilities to improve the retail supply chain. Focus on this key market area is expected to result in substantial new product and service opportunities.”

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Dropping M2M costs spark rise of the machines

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

“Juniper Research is projecting that the number of wireless M2M (machine to machine) embedded devices will rise to almost 412 million by 2014.  The fast growth will be led by utility metering, followed by mobile connected buildings, telematics, and automated retail and banking connections, says the company.”

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Chinese Premier talks up Internet of Things

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

“In the last quarter of 2009, a number of significant public speeches were made about Internet of Things in China. It started on August 7, when Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao made a speech in the city of Wuxi calling for the rapid development of Internet of Things technologies. It included this equation: Internet + Internet of Things = Wisdom of the Earth. Wen Jiabo followed up with a speech on November 3 at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, in which he encouraged breakthroughs in key technologies for sensor networks and the Internet of Things.”

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How data will impact the way we do business

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

“…We are in many respects surrounded by gauges and dashboards, tachometers and GPS devices, calorie counters and performance metrics. Data mining and data journalism and data-driven application development, and now, data marketing and data-based business practices, are logical extensions.

As streams on the web (both personal and private, public and corporate) proliferate, gathering, analyzing, visualizing and publishing data become increasingly important to businesses of any kind. Data is the best way to understand an opportunity, design an approach to it, and differentiate. Data is how we know we’re doing well, or faring poorly. Data is how we make decisions, at every level.”

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