Sensors

Batch Geonews: 89% Use Google Maps, New Google Maps UI and iPad app Available, Esri UC Round Up, and much more

Here's the recent geonews in batch mode. Several interesting bits in there that may have deserved a full entry, but it's Summer time and I'm on holidays :-)

On the open source / open data front:

On the Esri front:

On the Google front:

Geonews discussed over Slashdot:

In the miscellaneous category:

In the maps category:

Arduino gets 3G connectivity and pushes the Internet of Things to reality

Zaragoza, Spain – May 9th, 2012 Just one week after releasing the document “50 Sensor Applications for a Smarter World” Libelium launches the first 3G module for the Arduino platform. The new module which works under a "plug and play" philosophy makes any of the half million plus Arduinos spread over the world accessible everywhere and at any time.

 

The new module for Arduino has been designed by Cooking Hacks - the open hardware division inside Libelium - and shares the same open hardware and open source philosophy of Arduino. "We want Arduino community to be able to learn and improve this new design, for this reason we have made public the schematics and source code libraries of the module" explains Libelium's CTO, David Gascón.

 

The new 3G shield for Arduino enables connectivity to high speed WCDMA and HSPA cellular networks allowing transfers up to 7.2Mbps (20 times faster than with GPRS technology). The module also counts with an internal GPS that enables the location of any Arduino both outdoors and indoors, combining standard positioning data from satellites with mobile cell triangulation in the assisted mobile mode (A-GPS).

 

The new Arduino 3G module also includes a small camera for video recording in high resolution and a complete audio interface that enables Arduino to run with all the functionalities of a smartphone device.

 

The new communication module is specially oriented to work with web servers implementing all the functions that simplify transfer of the information to the Internet. "Now every Arduino will be able to make HTTP and HTTPS (secure) connections, downloading and uploading content to any web server in the Cloud using high speed 3G networks" adds David Gascón, the Libelium's CTO.

 

During the past years Cooking Hacks has been an active part in the design of new modules and shields for Arduino, from the famous "Arduino XBee shield" -released in 2007- (that enabled thousands of Arduino to use the ZigBee protocol) to the "Radiation Sensor Board" which allowed Arduino users in Japan measure the radiation levels after the Fukushima disaster last year.

 

For more information about the new 3G/GPRS module for Arduino go to:

http://www.cooking-hacks.com/index.php/documentation/tutorials/arduino-3g-gprs-gsm-gps

 

About Libelium

Libelium designs and manufactures hardware technology for the implementation of wireless sensor networks so that system integrators, engineering and consultancy companies can implement reliable Smart Cities solutions to end users within the minimum time to market. All our products are modular, horizontal and fast-learning and include extensive documentation and support through a Community of developers.

The company was founded in 2006, is privately held and is based at the European Business and Innovation Centre CEEIARAGON, Zaragoza, Spain.

For more information call +34 976 54 74 92 or visit http://www.libelium.com

 

Press Contact

David Gascón

Libelium CTO

Tel: +34 976 54 74 92

e-mail: d.gascon[at]libelium[dot]com

 

Distributed on behalf of Libelium by NeonDrum news distribution service (http://www.neondrum.com)

Libelium unveils the top 50 Internet of Things Applications

Zaragoza, Spain – May 1st, 2012 - The exponentially growing number of objects connected to the Internet is completely changing our world. What new business models will appear? Which processes can be optimized? How many vertical markets will benefit? Libelium, a wireless sensor networks platform provider, has released the document “50 Sensor Applications for a Smarter World. Get Inspired!” covering the most disruptive sensor and Internet of Things applications.

 

The list is grouped in 12 different verticals, showing how the Internet of Things is becoming the next technological revolution. It includes the most trendy scenarios, like Smart Cities where sensors can offer us services like Smart Parking – to find free parking spots in the streets – or managing the intensity of the luminosity in street lights to save energy. Climate change, environmental protection, water quality or CO2 emissions are also addressed by sensor networks and are just some of the examples included in the Smart Water and Smart Environment sections included in the document.

 

Other sections such as Industrial Control, Logistics or Retail cover applications more focused in process efficiency like providing information for restocking the shelves and even product placement for marketing purposes. The list is completed with applications in the verticals of Smart Metering, Security and Emergencies, Smart Agriculture, Animal Farming, Domotic and Home Automation and eHealth.

 

“Now we are able to collect data everywhere from our environment, infrastructures, businesses and even ourselves, and this huge amount of information is generating a new ecosystem of business opportunities around its storage, analysis and accessibility” says Libelium's CEO Alicia Asín. “We want this document to inspire people and companies with all the opportunities around the Internet of Things era” she adds.

 

For those interested in going deeper, a chart matching specific sensors and wireless technologies for each application has been included in the document. The final list of applications is the result of 2 years of talking to market analysts, Libelium's customers, Community developers and industry players.

 

Full document is available for download at:

http://www.libelium.com/top_50_iot_sensor_applications_ranking

 

About Libelium

Libelium designs and manufactures hardware technology for the implementation of wireless sensor networks so that system integrators, engineering and consultancy companies can implement reliable Smart Cities solutions to end users within the minimum time to market. All our products are modular, horizontal and fast-learning and include extensive documentation and support through a Community of developers.

The company was founded in 2006, is privately held and is based at the European Business and Innovation Centre CEEIARAGON, Zaragoza, Spain.

For more information call +34 976 54 74 92 or visit http://www.libelium.com

 

Press Contact

Alicia Asín

CEO Libelium

Tel: +34 976 54 74 92

e-mail: a.asin[at]libelium[dot]com

 

Distributed on behalf of Libelium by NeonDrum news distribution service (http://www.neondrum.com)

Crowdsourcing, citizen sensing and Sensor Web technologies for public and environmental health surveillance and crisis management: trends, OGC standards and application examples

An in-depth review entitled 'Crowdsourcing, citizen sensing and Sensor Web technologies for public and environmental health surveillance and crisis management: trends, OGC standards and application examples' has just been published in International Journal of Health Geographics (http://www.ij-healthgeographics.com/content/10/1/67/abstract). This state-of-the-art review was written by nine world-class experts in the field from a number of distinguished institutions from around the world such as ISPRS, DERI, MIT, etc. And best of all it is Open Access, meaning the full text is free for anyone to download. Below is the abstract and link to download the paper:

Abstract: 'Wikification of GIS by the masses' is a phrase-term first coined by Kamel Boulos in 2005, two years earlier than Goodchild's term 'Volunteered Geographic Information'. Six years later (2005-2011), OpenStreetMap and Google Earth (GE) are now full-fledged, crowdsourced 'Wikipedias of the Earth' par excellence, with millions of users contributing their own layers to GE, attaching photos, videos, notes and even 3-D (three dimensional) models to locations in GE. From using Twitter in participatory sensing and bicycle-mounted sensors in pervasive environmental sensing, to creating a 100,000-sensor geo-mashup using Semantic Web technology, to the 3-D visualisation of indoor and outdoor surveillance data in real-time and the development of next-generation, collaborative natural user interfaces that will power the spatially-enabled public health and emergency situation rooms of the future, where sensor data and citizen reports can be triaged and acted upon in real-time by distributed teams of professionals, this paper offers a comprehensive state-of-the-art review of the overlapping domains of the Sensor Web, citizen sensing and 'human-in-the-loop sensing' in the era of the Mobile and Social Web, and the roles these domains can play in environmental and public health surveillance and crisis/disaster informatics. We provide an in-depth review of the key issues and trends in these areas, the challenges faced when reasoning and making decisions with real-time crowdsourced data (such as issues of information overload, "noise", misinformation, bias and trust), the core technologies and Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standards involved (Sensor Web Enablement and Open GeoSMS), as well as a few outstanding project implementation examples from around the world.

Download the full paper from: http://www.ij-healthgeographics.com/content/pdf/1476-072X-10-67.pdf

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