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NTT DoCoMo-HP collaboration bridges cellphones, sensor networks

Posted: 18 Oct 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:sensor network? NTT DoCoMo? Hewlett-Packard.? middleware platform?

NTT DoCoMo Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Co. are working together on a new application platform that will interconnect cellphone systems and sensor networks. The collaboration is also eyeing the development of a prototype of a new middleware platform. Designed to work with sensor networks in homes and businesses, the Sensor Network Middleware Platform enables interactive communication between those networks and mobile phones.

The middleware is equipped with an interface that works with various transmission methods and enables data exchange between mobile phones and sensor networks. Software using this middleware is installed on both sensor networks and mobile phones, enabling phones to access the sensor networks directly, across a variety of transmission methods.

The phones can then be used to pull data or even control devices connected to it. The middleware also allows designers to develop applications and devices compatible with any sensor network, regardless of the transmission method it employs. This technology is expected to be useful for a range of services, enabling seamless connections between mobile phones and crime-prevention equipment, home appliances, IC tag readers and other devices.

An experimental implementation was built on DoCoMo's testbed platform. The two companies will continue with technology testing and product validation. DoCoMo also looks at further standardization of the platform in cooperation with the Peer-to-Peer Universal Computing Consortium (PUCC) 2.

Founded in December 2004, PUCC is a standards body involved in the development and manufacture of peer-to-peer network systems and related devices, addressing issues of interoperability between such devices. As of September, it has 23 members, including corporations, universities and a non-profit organization.

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