Quarterly Report - Q3, 2005
Director's Corner:

I hope that the summer has been a productive one for you. In the third quarter of 2005, UCLA-WINMEC has made significant progress on the development of solutions based on its RFID/wireless/Mobile Media platform technologies (WinRFID, ReWINS and MobiME). We have an exciting two-day event coming up on RFID in October 2005. Additionally, we used the summer to plan for some new industry vertical initiatives in the upcoming year based on feedback from the WINMEC advisory board members, and, to complete a series of student projects. These and other developments are discussed in this quarterly report as below.

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/director
Director, UCLA Wireless Internet for Mobile Enterprise Consortium (WINMEC) http://winmec.ucla.edu/
Director, Wireless Media Lab http://wireless.ucla.edu/wml

Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, UCLA 420 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095

TECHNOLOGY ADVANCES

Technology platforms now available in the lab for collaborative research projects are as follows:

1. WinRFID (http://winmec.ucla.edu/rfid) - RFID Middleware platform for RFID-enablement of applications. Current applications being developed include:

  • Medical specimen inventory management System (WinRFID-MEDTRACK) - System capabilities include check-in of specimen into facility, inventory check of specimen in facility, check-out of specimen, transfer of specimen to partner facilities, interfaces to enterprise databases, specialized encoding of R/W tags for privacy, etc. This system works with HF and LF technology. For further information about the system, please contact rfidmedical@winmec.ucla.edu.
  • Personnel and asset tracking portals with HF and UHF technology http://www.winmec.ucla.edu/rfid//winrfid/tracking.asp.

For further information on the WinRFID middleware, please contact winrfid@winmec.ucla.edu.

2. ReWINS (http://winmec.ucla.edu/rewins) or Reconfigurable wireless interface for networking of sensors - It is an embedded hardware cum software platform (patent pending) for real-time remote data gathering from and monitoring of sensors and sending control signals where needed. For further information on ReWINS, please contact rewins@winmec.ucla.edu. Recent systems developed include:

  • Container tracking and shipping for 3PL industry- A generic wireless sensor box has been developed that integrates temperature, humidity, pressure, motion and GPS sensor data with the ReWINS board and ships this data to a back-end system wirelessly via standard local-area or wide-area networks. The system includes software to monitor, control and study the data. This system is called ReWINS-AssetTrack (http://winmec.ucla.edu/track).
  • Industrial Automation – A platform has been developed called ReWINS-Automation that is relevant for aerospace, automotive and industrial automation. A custom solution has been delivered to an industrial sponsor based on this platform.

3. MobiME (Mobile Multimedia http://winmec.ucla.edu/mobime) Research - Key progress was made in our Digital Rights Management research as applied to Entertainment Media and Content:

NEW INITIATIVES

- RFID for Department of Defense (DoD) and its suppliers – The RFID mandates by DoD are affecting its suppliers by way of increasing their cost without necessarily allowing them to recoup their investment. WINMEC is collaborating with DoD and its suppliers in helping the suppliers understand how they can convert their mandated RFID investment to technological and business advantage for themselves. If you are part of DoD or a DoD contractor and are interested in collaborating with WINMEC, please contact rfid-dod@winmec.ucla.edu.

- Wireless technologies in Automotive Industry (http://winmec.ucla.edu/automotive) Wireless technologies can play a major role in the automobile of the future 5 to 10 years from now both from a consumer (entertainment, movies, music, games, news) and enterprise (maintenance, manufacturing, supply chain) standpoint. We invite companies to participate in this collaborative initiative that will bring media, technology and automotive companies together. Contact info@winmec.ucla.edu.

 
FORUMS/CONFERENCES

We invite you to join us for the events planned in the upcoming year:

- RFID Hands-On Workshop - October 25, 2005 - http://winmec.ucla.edu/handson

- RFID Industry Forum - October 26, 2005 - http://winmec.ucla.edu/rfidforum

- WINMEC CIO Forum 2006 - Feb 7, 2006 - http://cio-conference.ucla.edu/ - with UCLA Anderson School of Management

- Mobile Entertainment Media Forum May 9, 2006 - http://winmec.ucla.edu/entertainmentmedia

- Mobile Enterprise and Carrier Forum May 9, 2006 - http://winmec.ucla.edu/enterprise

 

STUDENT PROJECTS

A team of 9 visiting research students from Korea spent the summer in the Wireless Media Lab (http://wireless.ucla.edu/wml) and completed the following projects (For abstracts of these projects, please visit: http://www.wireless.ucla.edu/rfid/reports.asp):

- Configuration Factors and Environment Factors in RFID Application

- RFID Security and Privacy Study

- Sensor data acquisition routines for AVR based embedded processors

- RFID UDDI Service discovery

- RFID Supply Chain Simulation Project

- Active RFID for in-building positioning

- Middleware data usability and availability

 
WINMEC IN THE NEWS

- What Is RFID? It Could Be the Next Breakthrough Technology for Protecting Copyrighted Content Against Piracy http://www.engineer.ucla.edu/news/2005/RFIDpiracy.html

- WINMEC Director gives keynote at AI-LOG Conference, Milano, http://www.ailog.it/convegni/convegni.php?ID=53

 

PLAN FOR JOINING NSF-IUCRC

We are working on a grant proposal to join NSF's Industry University Cooperative Research Center (IUCRC) program. Corporate sponsors joining this activity would have access to shared non-exclusive intellectual property (subject to final approval by UCLA I.P. office and NSF) not only from UCLA-IUCRC but also its IUCRC partners, and would have to pay an annual membership fee. A variety of wireless internet/RFID projects are available to partner companies. Please contact winmec@winmec.ucla.edu if you are interested in joining this partnership.
 
LOOKING FORWARD
In the past year, new industry verticals have started to show significant interest in WINMEC including DoD, Aerospace and Defense Contractors, 3PL and Healthcare/medicine, which adds to the pre-existing relationships we have with Hollywood-based Entertainment Media Industry, Wireless Carriers, Technology Providers, Automotive and Financial services. WINMEC is creating industry-vertical research and technology approaches to address needs of these focused verticals.
 
Membership

We are grateful to the following sponsors for supporting WINMEC activities: BEI Technologies, Computer Associates, Ericsson, HP, Hughes Network Systems, Intel, ISMB, Magee Group, Northrop Grumman, Sprint, QUALCOMM, Precision Dynamics Corporation, Pillsbury Winthrop LLP, RF Code, Satyam, SIEMENS, Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, TCS America, Tata Infotech, UC-Discovery, Xoriant.