[unrev-II] 5/25/01 CITRIS Update: Smart-Sensor Systems Demonstrated at UCB

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Date: Tue May 29 2001 - 15:57:49 PDT

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    5/2/01 CITRIS Update: Smart-Sensor Systems Demonstrated at UCB
    "Emerging smart energy technology could potentially save the state as
    much as $7 to $8 billion a year in electricity costs, say UC
    Berkeley engineers. The technology can keep consumers' utility bills in
    check as well as help reduce the demand for new power plants and avoid
    their environmental consequences." ....

    "CITRIS research depends on industry partnerships, a key component of
    Davis' new California Institutes for Science and Innovation. As one of
    these new University of California institutes, CITRIS is a partnership
    between California industry, Berkeley and the UC campuses at Davis,
    Santa Cruz and Merced. Legislation to fund CITRIS may be passed into law
    in Sacramento next month." ...

    "The goal of CITRIS research is to develop information technologies like
    this that can readily be put to use to solve large-scale societal
    problems affecting the quality of life, such as the energy shortage.
    Inexpensive technologies to monitor information can be applied to many
    environmental problems, such as controlling traffic congestion,
    measuring the movement of buildings during an earthquake or maintaining
    heating and cooling systems in office buildings. With continued
    development and miniaturization, CITRIS technologies will also have an
    impact on health care and distance learning" ...

    Prof. Pister said "the Berkeley researchers plan, by this summer, to
    have developed an autonomous sensor node with a tiny computer onboard,
    its own power supply, and two-way communication capability, all in a
    device that measures about 1 cubic millimeter. .... "By using an
    inexpensive sensor network on the Berkeley campus, we would be saving
    about $900,000 a year in electricity costs and cutting our power use by
    at least 5 percent," Pister said.

    Newton, the engineering dean, "estimated that energy savings nationwide
    from use of such a monitoring system would be about $35 billion or more,
    which would translate into a reduction of about 30,000 tons of carbon
    emissions each year."

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