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1/24/2005 12:41:13 AM
Crossbow Announces New Smart Dust Training Feb. 9-10, Participation in Second International TinyOS Technology Exchange Feb. 11

Participants to Learn about TinyOS and Mote Programming, Share Information on New 802.15.4 Platform

Crossbow Technology, Inc. (, the leading end-to-end solutions supplier in wireless sensor networks and the largest manufacturer of Smart Dust wireless sensors, announced today a new two-day Smart Dust Training Course for software developers on Feb. 9-10, 2005, at its new corporate headquarters in San Jose, Calif. Attendees are also invited to attend the Second International TinyOS Technology Exchange on Feb. 11 at the University of California-Berkeley, where the winner of the Crossbow Smart Dust Challenge will be announced

Crossbow has a 10-year history of delivering sensors for applications and industries with the most stringent performance requirements in the harshest of environments. Crossbow's wireless mesh networking products, also known as Smart Dust, are being used to improve agricultural efficiency and growth, monitor and secure industrial plants and buildings, save environmentally sensitive lands, preserve national landmarks, mitigate earthquake and fire damages, and secure and protect the nation's natural resources. Crossbow is also a leading supplier of inertial sensor systems for aviation, land and marine applications and other instrumentation sensors.

Crossbow's open architecture is based on the TinyOS operating system, which enables highly intelligent multi-sensing devices to dynamically and reliably self-organize to efficiently capture and send detailed physical data anywhere, anytime.

More than 600 Trained So Far

Crossbow has trained more than 600 software developers worldwide in TinyOS in the past two years alone. The first day of Crossbow's Smart Dust Training course covers a basic technology introduction, hardware overview, including the latest developments -- MICAz and 802.15.4 radios (ZigBee ready), the newest MICA Mote for outdoor applications, and new sensor boards. The first day will also include a TinyOS overview and hands-on session with the radio stack and multi-hop routing capabilities of TinyOS.

Attendees may choose between two tracks on the second day: one focused on TinyOS programming, and the other focused on using and deploying motes with minimal programming. Both tracks are highly interactive, with on-site technical engineers to help answer questions.

All attendees are required to have a Crossbow Mote kit and a laptop computer. A 10% discount on mote kits is available with registration. On the evening of Feb. 8, Crossbow will also offer an install session for those who have ordered kits for delivery at the training seminar or who have not yet installed TinyOS.

Attendees who sign up before Jan. 18, 2005, can save up to $300 per registrant, for a total of $695 for the two-day course. Students can save $200 before Jan. 18, for a total of $395, for early registration. Seats are limited and demand is high, so participants are encouraged to sign up early to reserve space.

To register online, please visit, or e-mail Susan Lee at or call her at 408-965-3308.

Second International TinyOS Technology Exchange Feb. 11

Crossbow Smart Dust Training attendees are also welcome to register for the Second International TinyOS Technology Exchange from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, at Sibley Hall, University of California-Berkeley. The Technology Exchange will provide a forum for researchers, developers, educators, companies and users to learn from one another about important recent developments within the TinyOS embedded network systems area and to participate in shaping paths of future development. There will be in-depth presentations on TinyOS 2.0, new 802.15.4 platforms, key network services, full-scale applications, as well as the awarding of the Crossbow Smart Dust Challenge Grand Prize.

The Crossbow Smart Dust Challenge, open to all developers over the past six months, represents the best executable ideas for wireless sensor networking that demonstrate how it is used, programmed and deployed to positively impact society. For more information on the Smart Dust Challenge, please visit

Anyone is welcome to attend the TinyOS Technology Exchange, including the research, industry and education community actively working in the wireless embedded network space with TinyOS. Application deployments, research activities, hardware and software developments, specifications and theoretical progress are all encouraged.

To register or for more information about the TinyOS Technology Exchange, please visit

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