Quarterly Report - Q1, 2005
Director's Corner:

I thank you very much for your support and time.  If you would like to request copies of publications, presentations, reports on systems being developed, research reports, please contact winmec@winmec.ucla.edu.  This quarterly report is also available at http://www.winmec.ucla.edu/qreports.asp.  Please feel free to forward this quarterly report to members within your organization. 
 
Regards,
 
Rajit Gadh, PhD
Professor, Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, http://winmec.ucla.edu/dir
Director, UCLA Wireless Internet for Mobile Enterprise Consortium (WINMEC) http://winmec.ucla.edu/
Director, Wireless Media Lab http://wireless.ucla.edu/wml

WinRFID SOFTWARE RELEASE

WinRFID Version 1.0 ( http://winmec.ucla.edu/winrfid ) which was released January 2005, has the following features: edge-of-the-network processing and intelligence, Reader and Tag independent, Protocol independent, technology independent, vendor independent, generation independent, generation extendibility, heterogeneous hardware networking and management capability, plug and play architecture and hardware, C#/.NET framework.  For further information on the technology, please email rfid@winmec.ucla.edu

RFID APPLICATION demonstrations
The following application demonstrations of the WinRFID middleware are available to view:
  . Simulated retail supply chain - Cartons tagged with UHF and items tagged with HF shipped from a mock factory to a warehouse and finally to a retail outlet.
  . Library application - Check-in and check-out of books from library using WinRFID.
  . Asset Management - Management of RFID tagged boxes for asset management. 
  . Smart shelf - RFID-enabled smart shelf application powered by a mobile reader.
 
RFID TEST AND PROTOTYPING LAB

The RFID Test Lab has been expanding its roster of hardware.  It has the following: Readers, Tags, performance verification tools, Testing of reading and writing capability of tags and readers, Readers and tags with a variety of protocols (EPC, ISO), frequencies (UHF, HF, LF), power source (passive/active), R or R/W, etc.  We can help companies try out their pilots in our lab rapidly.  URL http://winmec.ucla.edu/rfidlab

 
ReWINS TECHNOLOGY GEN 2 AVAILABLE

ReWINS or Reconfigurable wireless interface for networking of sensors with RFID, WiFi, Mote and Bluetooth: Generation 2 of the ReWINS platform and sample boards have been completed.  Gen 2 Platform is available for use by industry ( http://winmec.ucla.edu/rewins ).  Applications include factory automation, homeland security, automotive, aerospace and defense.

 
PATENT FILED

The following patent disclosure has been filed: "Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) assisted media protection, tracking and life cycle management."  This technology is applicable to CD or DVD type media containing music/movies, etc.  This is the second patent pending technology coming from our lab.  We expect other new patent disclosures to be filed this year.

 
INDUSTRY COLLABORATION METHODOLOGY
WINMEC is gradually developing a methodology for industry collaboration on technology-related projects, which involves a three stage approach.  The first stage involves educating the company on a particular platform technology that is being developed in our lab (e.g. WinRFID, ReWINS, or, MobiME http://winmec.ucla.edu/mobime ).  The second stage is a requirements analysis on engineering and business ROI.  The third stage is partitioning which involves making available those features of the platform technology that are relevant to the company's requirements.  This approach is constantly being refined.
 
FORUMS HELD
The following forums were held in March 2005
  . CIO Forum  http://cio-conference.ucla.edu/2005 - CIOs from several verticals came together to discuss how convergence is affecting their businesses.
  . Mobile Convergence Forum http://winmec.ucla.edu/mobileconvergence - The forum brought together Entertainment Media players, wireless service providers/carriers and enterprises interested in Convergence due to wireless/mobile technologies.
  . RFID Exec Forum  http://winmec.ucla.edu/rfidexec
Our forums were written up in Computerworld, UCLA Bruin and Etopia Media.
 
LECTURES GIVEN
following invited lectures were given in the last quarter on the subject of the "Wireless Internet of Artifacts"
  . Keynote on Central Coast MIT Forum http://www.centralcoastmit.com/events.php?id=78 , April 2005
  . UC Irvine Octane Program http://www.octaneoc.org/about/archive/022805.html , February 2005
  . IEEE Distinguished Lecture Series http://www.wireless.ucla.edu/director/IEEE%20annoucement%20(March%201%20meeting).doc , March 2005
  . Engineers Council Symposium, http://www.engineerscouncil.org/TechSymp/SymposiumABSTRACTS022205.pdf , February 2005
 
ADVISORY BOARD
We welcome the new WINMEC advisory board members and look forward to working with them:
  . CIO Board
    - Jeff Mirich, SVP and CIO, Walt Disney Studios
  . ENTERTAINMENT MEDIA Board
    - Joseph Busch, Executive Director, MGM Domestic Television Sales
    - Ivan Lopez, Director of Licensing, Sony Pictures
    - Adam Flick, Chief Marketing Officer, Airborne Entertainment
  . VENTURE Board
    - Jim Smith, General Partner, Mohr, Davidow Ventures
  . WINMEC Board
    - Girish Gaitonde, CEO Xoriant.  We welcome the newest member of UCLA-WINMEC, Xoriant.
 
UPCOMING WINMEC FORUMS at UCLA
The following are the planned forums for the next one year:
  . RFID Hands-on Workshop, June 7th 2005, http://winmec.ucla.edu/handson .  Seating capacity limited due to lab space constraint.
  . RFID Industry Forum - Impact Across Verticals, October 26th 2005, http://winmec.ucla.edu/rfidforum
  . CIO Forum - Managing Enterprise Mobility and Security, February 7th 2006, http://cio-conference.ucla.edu/
  . WINMEC Annual Forum - Mobile Simplicity, Brings together Hollywood, Wireless Carriers and Enterprises implementing mobility in UCLA, May 9th 2006, http://winmec.ucla.edu/conferences
To nominate a speaker or sponsor a forum, please email conference@winmec.ucla.edu .
 
While WINMEC is getting some early recognition (example is WINMEC's reference in Forbes On-line Businesswire, http://www.forbes.com/businesswire/feeds/businesswire/2004/10/12/businesswire20041012005464r1.html ), we have a significant amount of work ahead of us.  With the support of our industrial sponsors and advisory board members, we are making rapid progress.  If you have any suggestions, please send us an email at winmec@winmec.ucla.edu .
 
Membership

We are thankful to our sponsors: Hewlett Packard, Intel, Siemens, Sprint, Computer Associates, Northrop Grumman, Hughes Network Systems, TCS, Satyam, ISMB, Xoriant, Pillsbury Winthrop, Stradling Yocca Carlson and Rauth, Ericsson, BEI, Magee Group, Qualcomm, PDC, and Tata Infotech