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Alertme.com: developing a ZigBee connected home product

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Synopsis:

AlertMe connects people to their homes 24/7, using ZigBee low power wireless radio, broadband and mobile phone technology. As a ZigBee PRO certified system with volume product shipping in the UK, we have made the complete journey from one-line brief through prototyping and trials to a real consumer product, selling now on the open market. We will describe our experiences developing a next generation home awareness platform, with particular reference to ZigBee, its radio characteristics, energy requirements, interoperability and software development tools.

Speakers:

Dr Laura James was the first employee at AlertMe, and lead engineering design for AlertMe’s home monitoring product as Vice President of Engineering and then Chief Technologist. She previously worked at AT&T Labs in the US and UK, designing and prototyping cutting edge internet-connected consumer electronics systems. She holds Masters and PhD degrees in Engineering from the University of Cambridge, is a NESTA Crucible Fellow, and an alumnus of the Royal Academy of Engineering leadership award scheme. Laura is also a Science and Engineering Ambassador, and is now working on innovative technologies for research and teaching in the University of Cambridge.

Dr Amyas Phillips is design engineer at Alertme.com. He joined as employee number 2 and has moved the product from one-line brief to buy now’ sales. His doctoral research at Agilent Technologies and CUED was in backbone optical datacoms technologies, but he’s found working on a real consumer telecoms application every bit as challenging. His background is in physics, which he previously taught in Sri Lanka, and he is a Science and Engineering Ambassador.

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