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SAIC, HP, GE and Others. Wireless Sensors Network Case.

  1. 1. SAIC, HP, GE And OTHERS: The Business Case for Wireless Sensors Networks (Case Study) Page 214 Telecommunications And Networks Prepared by : Mohammad Faizan Khalid
  2. 2. SAIC <ul><li>SAIC : Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC), Founded in 1969, is a major intelligence, military, aerospace, engineering and systems contractor. It is involved in defense/military, intelligence community, and homeland security. </li></ul>
  3. 3. HP <ul><li>HP : (Hewlett Packard) Stanford University classmates Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard founded HP in 1939. HP is the largest technology company in the world and operates in nearly every country. HP specializes in developing and manufacturing computing, storage, and networking hardware, software and services. Major product lines include personal computing devices, enterprise servers, related storage devices, as well as a diverse range of printers and other imaging products. </li></ul>
  4. 4. GE <ul><li>In 1876, Thomas Edison opened his first real workshop in Menlo Park, New Jersey. This workshop would eventually yield arguably one of the most important inventions of the modern age: the electric light. </li></ul><ul><li>In 1890, Edison started a company to bring together his various businesses all under one roof, and called it the “ Edison General Electric Company ”. Two years later Edison merged with his primary competitor, the Thomas-Houston Company, and they called the new company the “ General Electric Company ”. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Wireless Sensors Devices or Motes <ul><li>Package together a circuit board with networking and application software. </li></ul><ul><li>They can detect changes in temperature, pressure, moisture, light, sound and magnetism. </li></ul><ul><li>Powered by a pair of AA battery. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Motes Technology <ul><li>“ Mesh Networking” software is the breakthrough of mote technology. </li></ul><ul><li>An electronic bucket brigade moves data mote by mote until it reaches a central computer where it can be stored and analyzed instead of transmitting information by each mote. </li></ul><ul><li>Built in logic corrects the failure of any sensor to transmit its data by having its neighbor cover for it. </li></ul><ul><li>Wake-Up-To-Transmit feature is a key. </li></ul><ul><li>These devices need to conserve power so the data can be acquired non stop. </li></ul>
  7. 7. SAIC <ul><li>SAIC, the big Government IT contractors developing technology for the defense and homeland security. </li></ul><ul><li>Wireless sensors packed with computing power to help secure US borders, bridges, power plants and security. </li></ul><ul><li>Wireless sensors can detect suspicious movements or dangerous cargo and radioing warnings back to a command centre. </li></ul>
  8. 8. HP <ul><li>HP experimenting with wireless networked sensors at warehouse in Memphis, Tennessee. </li></ul><ul><li>Small video camera sensors hooked to image recognition software works in concert with RFID technology. </li></ul><ul><li>Camera tracks the movement of goods in the warehouse, those images get matched with RFID tag numbers that describe them. </li></ul>
  9. 9. GE <ul><li>GE has completed a test of sensors outfitted shipping containers. </li></ul><ul><li>These sensors can detect tampering and its developing products that could use mesh networks to secure apartment buildings and industrial area. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Other Companies <ul><li>BP </li></ul><ul><li>Intel </li></ul><ul><li>Betchel Group Inc. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Wired sensors v/s Wireless Sensors <ul><li>Wired sensors </li></ul><ul><li>They require wiring to electrical system. </li></ul><ul><li>It can cost $200 to $400 per sensor. </li></ul><ul><li>Expensive to service </li></ul><ul><li>Wireless sensors </li></ul><ul><li>Wireless sensors cost about $100 each. </li></ul><ul><li>Much cheaper to install. </li></ul><ul><li>Better performance. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Growth of Wireless Sensors <ul><li>Harbor market research company says : The world wide market for wireless sensors will grow from $100 million in 2005 to more than $1 billion by 2009. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Case Study Question <ul><li>What are some business benefits associated with using wireless networks to collect and transmit data? </li></ul><ul><li>Answer </li></ul><ul><li>Super fast wireless connections to the Web. </li></ul><ul><li>Cost reduction. </li></ul><ul><li>Productivity increases. </li></ul>
  14. 14. . <ul><li>What are some of the challenges being faced in this use of wireless technologies? What solutions can you offer? </li></ul><ul><li>Answer </li></ul><ul><li>Replacement of old infrastructure with new one. </li></ul><ul><li>Cost exceeds by providing Wi-Fi such as in a manufacturing plant that would require numerous additional access points. </li></ul><ul><li>Delay implementation of information until security assurances are met. </li></ul><ul><li>Writing software is a big challenge. </li></ul>
  15. 15. . <ul><li>The use of wireless networking as described in the case is both innovative and functional. What other business uses can you envision for this approach? </li></ul><ul><li>Answer </li></ul><ul><li>Use of PDA by a police man to catch the criminal. </li></ul><ul><li>Voice coverage may be possible in education institutes to announce any news or any information to the students. </li></ul><ul><li>An employee can check e-mail, bulletin board, schedules, notices and so on in anywhere in an organization. </li></ul>
  16. 16. . <ul><li>GPS helps Army to find the enemy and to prevent themselves from any attack by the enemy. </li></ul><ul><li>Marketing sales person can use this approach to stay in touch with the company while doing their job or to solve any type of a problem. </li></ul><ul><li>Wireless sensors networks can be established in railway station where a passenger can access the relevant information, sitting on his/her seat . </li></ul>
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