[GLLUG] Open source wireless talks, Thurs 19th March.

Andrew Back andrew at carrierdetect.com
Sun Mar 8 11:54:39 UTC 2015


Those with an interest in wireless may wish to head along to the OSHUG
meeting on Thurs 19th, which will feature talks on OpenBeacon
(Bluetooth LE platform), HPSDR (High Perfomance Software Defined
Radio) and Building Things (an open source wireless platform).

Details below.




OSHUG #39 — Radio Pt. 3 (OpenBeacon, HPSDR, Building Things)

19 March 2015, 17:30 - 20:00 at BCS London, 1st Floor, The Davidson
Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA.

  Registration: http://oshug.org/event/39

The thirty-ninth meeting will feature an update on the HPSDR project,
which we first heard about back in October 2010 at OSHUG #5. There
will also be talks on Bluetooth Low Energy programming and OpenBeacon,
and Building Things.

— Low Power to the People - take back Bluetooth Low Energy control!

 ** Programming BLE the hard way: bare metal programming of nRF51 BLE
tokens for fun and profit.

The talk will start with a brief overview of the Bluetooth Low Energy
advertisement protocol and how to implement bare-metal BLE on top of
the ARM-based nRF51 chip — without using the manufacturer provided
Bluetooth stack. The general development flow will be explored along
with some useful examples, closing with some mischief that can be
caused using this knowledge :-)

The latest version of the OpenBeacon tag design is supposed to be the
ultimate hacking, fuzzing and pen testing tool for Bluetooth Low
Energy. The hardware schematics and the PCB layout were released under
the CC attribution license. We strongly believe that the future of the
Internet of Things can be privacy enabled and can work distributed,
without selling your soul to large cloud services.

Milosch Meriac has over 20 years experience in the information
security business and hardware design. He is currently living in
Cambridge where he works for ARM on securing the Internet of Things.
In his private time he loves making and grokking things. He is
currently playing with RGB strips to create light paintings.

Milosch is the co-founder of active and passive RFID open source
projects like Sputnik/OpenBeacon, OpenPCD and OpenPICC, and is
committed to RFID related security research. He broke the iCLASS RFID
security system and was involved in breaking Mifare Classic security.

As a member of the Blinkenlights Stereoscope Core Team Milosch
designed the 2.4GHz OpenBeacon-based dimmmer/Ethernet dardware that
was used in the Toronto City Hall Installation. As one of the three
maintainers of the former Xbox-Linux Project he helped to break Xbox
security and to port the first Linux system to the Xbox. His focus is
on hardware development, embedded systems, RF designs, active and
passive RFID hardware development, custom-tailoring of embedded Linux
hardware platforms, real time systems, IT-security and reverse

— OpenHPSDR Update

A review of hardware and software progress of the High Performance
Software Define Radio, an open source hardware and software project
being developed by an international group of ham radio enthusiasts.

John Melton has held a ham radio license since 1984 and has developed
several open source Linux applications, including ground station
software for working digital satellites and software defined radios.
He is a retired software engineer after 48 years developing software
for several computer manufacturers including Burroughs Corporation,
ICL, Sun Microsystems and Oracle Corporation.

— Building Things

Creative communities are having an ever increasing influence on the
way in which global companies like Microsoft, Samsung and Google go
about developing new products. Access to open source technology
creates new ways for inventors, makers and coders to turn ideas into
things others want to use or buy. Embarking on the journey of turning
an idea into a product comes with numerous hurdles, including: access
to expensive machinery, technology, or skills which just aren’t
readily available to many.

Miles and Will from Wireless Things (formerly Ciseco) will describe
how ‘Building Things’, their latest open source hardware, will help
people build their own cool wireless devices.

Current CEO of Wireless Things, Miles Hodkinson previously made a
living selling and supporting scalable IT infrastructure. Whilst Head
of Software Security for Egg PLC he always harboured a passion for
tinkering. Miles has transformed his passion from a hobby in his
garden shed, to one of the ‘go-to’ companies for people building IoT
solutions, all manufactured in his home town of Nottingham.

Head of Channel Strategy for Wireless Things, Will Stone has spent the
last decade between running an outsourced sales company and in
engineering recruitment. Will teamed up with Miles at the beginning of
2014 and is responsible for commercial aspects of the business,
including the management of their rapidly expanding chain of partners
and distributors. Now with 40 recognized distributors across 21
countries, Wireless Things has a growing presence and reputation in
the Internet of Things.

Note: Please aim to arrive by 18:15 as the first talk will start at
18:30 prompt.


Andrew Back

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