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SUN Microsystems has donated 50 wireless sensor nodes to the Advanced Networks Research Group at the University of Sydney.

The donation means the university’s School of Information Technologies will be provided with 50 wireless Sun SPOT (small programmable object technology) embedded computers and development tools.

Professor Albert Zomaya, head of the School of IT, said the SPOT computers will be used as an experimental platform for a new distributed data processing middle-ware to be developed at the school. This middle-ware will be used in wireless sensor network applications such as environmental monitoring, security surveillance and traffic control, he said.

The University of Sydney’s Advanced Networks Research Group combines theoretical and experimental research, particularly in the areas of emerging broadband high-speed networks, distributed computing, sensor networks and wireless technologies.

The group is a participant in a number of key national research initiatives such as National ICT Australia, Enterprise Information Infrastructure Taskforce for Wireless Sensor Networks and the Smart Internet Technology Cooperative Research Centre.

If you are involved in or know of a project that uses innovative Australian electronics, then why not enter it into the 2006 EDN Innovation Awards? For criteria and entry forms, visit www.ferret.com.au/FerretAwards/EDNAwards.asp.

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