Wireless communications have conquered the planet. By severing the umbilicus that had fused us only to locations sporting phone jacks, wireless technology has increased our ability to stay in touch from anywhere.

But there are safety risks. The ability to call from anywhere, search the Internet from anywhere means the caller can be anywhere. And moving. in criminal or military matters, it is a matter of tracking, but there are also drivers lost on winding back roads; hikers stranded deep in the woods, or children wandering one of many floors in a crowded department store.

“The subject of Cooperative Localization in Wireless Networks,” written by Boston-area researcher Henk Wymeersch,will be the subject of the executive panel discussion, “New Role of Millimeter-Waves in Commercial Wireless Networking and the Co-existence between Military and Commercial Applications,” at the 2009 IEEE Sarnoff Symposium, an annual gathering of telecom experts from industry, universities, and government that will be held Monday through Wednesday, March 30 through April 1, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Nassau Inn in Palmer Square. Cost: $380. For information, visit www.sarnoffsymposium.org.

This year’s symposium features an address by Nicholas Karter, senior director of global business development and product management at Qualcomm-Flarion Technologies, at the Conference reception banquet on Tuesday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m., and a keynote speech by Rod Alferness, chief scientist for Alcatel-Lucent Bell Laboratories.

The symposium also features numerous technical sessions, tutorials, and exhibitions. Topics include “Commercial and Military Communication Systems,” “Multimedia Applications & Networking,” “Optical Communications & Networking,” “RF and Microwave Techniques,” “Cognitive Networking,” and “Security.”

Since its inception in 1978 the IEEE Sarnoff Symposium has become the premier forum for researchers, engineers, and business executives in the Northeast, drawing an attendance from all over the world.

Money for Innovation Is Available from EDA

Financing is now available from the state Economic Development Authority for the Edison Innovation Clean Energy Manufacturing Fund, a program designed to promote new jobs and growth while addressing the goals of New Jersey’s Energy Master Plan.

The fund was specifically designed to support companies looking to site renewable energy or energy efficiency product manufacturing facilities in New Jersey. The program is funded by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and administered through the EDA.

For information, call 866-534-7789 or visit www.njeda.com.

The state is touting the fund as a way to help meet Governor Jon Corzine’s mandate to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat global warming.

Through the fund, New Jersey clean technology manufacturers can receive funding under two separate components: Project assessment and design, and project construction and operation. In total, a qualified manufacturer could be eligible to receive up to $3.3 million in grants and interest-free loans. Up to $300,000 is available as a grant to assist with the manufacturing site identification, and procurement, design, and permits, while as much as $3 million is available as a zero-interest 10-year loan to support site improvements, equipment purchases, and facility construction and completion.

To qualify, a company must be a for-profit entity that is planning to manufacture eligible products in New Jersey and be entering or expanding within the manufacturing stage of commercial development. A minimum 50-percent cash match of total project costs from non-state grants, loans, or equity, is required for both program components.

Preference will be given to projects demonstrating a greater percentage of itself being designed, manufactured, processed, assembled, or made ready for commercial sale at the company’s project facility in the state. Eligible technologies for funding include energy efficiency equipment and technology, Class I renewable energy and other technologies or equipment that can demonstrate their integral nature to the development of Class I renewable energy, and energy efficiency technologies.

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