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Building Wireless Sensor Networks: A Practical Guide to the ZigBee Mesh Networking Protocol--New from O'Reilly Media

January 11, 2011

Building Wireless Sensor Networks

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Sebastopol, CA—Get ready to create distributed sensor systems and intelligent interactive devices using the ZigBee wireless networking protocol and XBee radios. By the time you're halfway through this fast-paced, hands-on guide—Building Wireless Sensor Networks (O'Reilly Media, $34.99 USD)—you'll have built a series of useful projects, including a complete ZigBee wireless network that delivers remotely sensed data.

"Until now there's been no full guide to creating sensor networks that's appropriate for non-engineers," says author Rob Faludi (@faludi). "Building Wireless Sensor Networks is appropriate for researchers, hackers, crafters, artists, inventors, and scientists. They will want this hands-on, fast lane guide to help develop robust wireless sensor networks, and intelligent interactive devices.

"The information and structure of the book is really perfect for anyone creating hands-on networks," Faludi continues, "especially those who don't have a computer science background or electrical engineering degree. The focus here is on getting things done, with plenty of references to further information for those that need it or are just plain curious."

Radio networking is creating revolutions in volcano monitoring, performance art, clean energy, and consumer electronics. As you follow the examples in each chapter, you'll learn how to tackle inspiring projects of your own. This practical guide is ideal for inventors, hackers, crafters, students, hobbyists, and scientists.

  • Investigate an assortment of practical and intriguing project ideas
  • Prep your ZigBee toolbox with an extensive shopping list of parts and programs
  • Create a simple, working ZigBee network with XBee radios in less than two hours—for under $100
  • Use the Arduino open source electronics prototyping platform to build a series of increasingly complex projects
  • Get familiar with XBee's API mode for creating sensor networks
  • Build fully scalable sensing and actuation systems with inexpensive components
  • Learn about power management, source routing, and other XBee technical nuances
  • Make gateways that connect with neighboring networks, including the Internet

For a review copy or more information please email gretchen@oreilly.com. Please include your delivery address and contact information.

About the Author

Robert Faludi is an NYU Professor, SVA professor, and an expert consultant on commercial projects, including large-scale home energy monitoring. His work has appeared in The New York Times, CNet, Good Morning America, and elsewhere. He is a co-creator of the LilyPad XBee wearable radios, and Botanicalls, a system that allows thirsty plants to place phone calls for human help.

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Additional Resources
For more information about the book, including table of contents, author bios, and cover graphic, see: http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596807740

Building Wireless Sensor Networks Building Wireless Sensor Networks
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
By Robert Faludi
Print ISBN: 9780596807733   Ebook ISBN: 9780596807764  
Pages: 320
Print Price: $34.99   Ebook Price: $27.99  

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