SAN FRANCISCO, June 28, 2005 - San Francisco State University and Silicon Valley leaders, Agilent Technologies and Sun Microsystems, have teamed up on a project that will improve the way critical environmental data is collected, stored, used and distributed. The team of computer scientists, engineers and oceanographers has developed a sensor-based system to monitor and transmit information about ocean conditions via cell phone to other wireless networks. The technology provides a secure integration and dissemination of information that could be applied to a variety of urgent needs ranging from earthquake and tsunami detection to homeland security.
The innovation, dubbed NetBEAMS (Networked Bay Environmental Assessment Monitoring Systems), was one of the projects introduced at Sun Microsystems' annual JavaOne conference in San Francisco this week. Earlier today, Sun CEO Scott McNealy presented the NetBEAMS team with a Duke's Choice Award. Named after the Java technology mascot, Duke, the award recognizes innovation and the exceptional use of Java technology.
NetBEAMS gathers information from a network of sensors placed in different parts of the San Francisco Bay. It then transmits data such as water depth, temperature, salt content and algae growth via cell phone to a database that uploads the information to the Web. Fishermen, environmental scientists and others who may need up-to-the-minute information about ocean conditions can pick up the real time data by visiting www.NetBEAMS.org.
"The NetBEAMS project highlights the advantages of sharing technology, information and communities," says Juan Carlos Soto, vice president of software at Sun Microsystems. "Hosted on java.net, this innovative open-source project brings together industry players from Sun and Agilent with San Francisco State University and its Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies. The teams are collaborating to build a Java and JXTA-Page: 1 2 3 Related biology news :1
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