MANHASSET, NY Crossbow Technology, a nine-year-old company that manufactures remote sensors called "motes," is offering a $10,000 prize for the best wireless sensor network application.
The contests is open to individuals, teams, corporations or educational organizations. The demonstrations will be judged in terms of social benefit.
Crossbow's sensors are made for applications with stringent performance requirements operating in harsh environments. Also known as "smart dust," the miniature sensors create wireless mesh networks for numerous applications requiring inconspicuous monitoring and control over large areas.
Crossbow lists the following uses for motes: improving agricultural efficiency and growth; monitoring and securing industrial plants and buildings; saving environmentally sensitive lands; preserving national landmarks; mitigating earthquake and fire damage; and protecting the nations' natural resources.
Crossbow said it hopes to find the best idea for a wireless sensor network. Contestants must demonstrate how their application is used, programmed and deployed, and its positive societal impact.
Applicants must also use Crossbow's TinyOS platform and at least three of Crossbow's motes.
Along with the $10,000 first-place prize, second- and third-place finishers will receive $2000 and $1,000, respectively, and a $500 prize will be awarded to the fourth and fifth best demonstations. The entry deadline is Jan. 2, 2005.
Five finalists will be selected by Jan. 31, 2005, and will attend the TinyOS Technology Exchange at the University of California at Berkeley in February 2005.
To receive an application, send an e-mail to Susan Lee. Information on eligibility and contest rules can also be downloaded.