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Wireless Sensor Networks

Intel Atom processors are used to create intelligent wireless sensor networks, a major application sector of embedded systems.

Intel has deployed a wireless sensor network in its Chandler, Arizona plant. Many battery-powered wireless sensor nodes monitor power consumption and environmental parameters such as temperature, humidity, illumination, and space in the laboratory.

The large number of small wireless sensors form a self-configuring, dynamic routing network. These sensors communicate with the server-router that intelligently processes and analyzes the sensor data. Each server-router is a small wireless computing platform with processor, memory, flash memory, I/O, and radio components based on the Intel Atom processor, which processes network data from up to 40 sensors.

This flexible, self-configuring network architecture is easy and cost-effective to install. It can also be easily expanded across office buildings, commercial facilities, and factories or changed per the floor area. The system gives Intel facility managers a new perspective, helping them to minimize electricity costs.


Intel Atom processors and related hardware enable the production of low-power, cost-effective, and eco-friendly mini/micro computing devices that are readily being

adopted in developing countries and markets that have been underserved in the past. These systems support localized and distance learning to contribute to the national education in these countries and regions.

Backpack Journalism and Portable Video Recording

Devices based on Intel Atom processors featuring long battery life, sufficient storage capacity, and convenient Internet connectivity are the ideal devices for the new generation of amateur and ad hoc video journalists to deliver live coverage (such as online webcasts of sporting events, speech and debate contests, and special topic seminars). Editing and processing of recorded video cannot be implemented directly on such devices but can easily be transferred to back-end desktop or servers through the outstanding Internet connectivity of Intel Atom processors, thus realizing rapid and economic video recording using a distributed processing solution.

RFID Field Tools

Radio-frequency ID (RFID) is a promising industry. Used for inventory control and chain-of-custody tracking, such tagging will play a significant role in healthcare, pharmaceutical management and delivery, and the transportation industry. One of the advantages of RFID tags over traditional barcodes is that a tag interrogator can both read and write a tag from a distance of tens of meters or more. To date, tag interrogators have been custom devices that require costly, vendor-specific integration with back-end inventory systems. Devices with Intel Atom processors not only could provide the

mobility and connectivity of handheld interrogators but also offer seamless compatibility with Intel architecture back-end inventory and management systems, considerably lowering cost of ownership for these systems.


Chapters 1 and 2 discussed the history of the embedded platform, the SoC architecture and hardware platform with different categories available for system and application developers.

Starting with the next chapter, this book introduces Android application development on Intel hardware platforms. Developing Android system applications requires some special development, debugging, and performance analysis tools. Before developing Android applications, you need to learn about the development process of Android system applications, and so that is where you begin.

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