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IBM Mote Runner software to spur sensor management, ‘Internet of things’

IBM is all set to release an SDK for “Mote Runner” at 2010 Sensors Expo & Conference, which could help turn inanimate objects in to Internet connected devices. The Mote Runner moniker refers to Mote’s—or wireless sensor nodes—that gather information ranging from temperature, movement and light and refer back to a network. Meanwhile, MEMSIC, which makes these micro sensor systems, will include Mote Runner on one of its IRIS sensor. MEMSIC IRIS is a 2.4 GHz wireless sensor mote (right) used for enabling low-power wireless sensor networks in buildings or traffic patterns at an intersection.

Key points include: software was created by IBM Research; It’s a low-footprint platform that can link standard languages like Java with sensor virtual machines; Uses a simulation environment and Web dashboard based on Eclipse; Mote Runner is designed to be a low power app running on an 8-bit processor, 8 KB of RAM and 64 KB of flash memory. That’s equivalent of what a PC operating system needed in the 1970s.

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