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Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Sensor Sensibility: Project Planning and Deployment Considerations

  The wireless sensor network is fundamentally a distributed network of constrained devices. There are a host of considerations that must be taken into account when planning and implementing a wireless sensor network – considerations that are often overlooked in the lavish space in which traditional IT operates with nearly extravagant disk space, CPU and

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Sensor Sensibility: Communications Design Considerations for Energy Efficiency

One of the key design constraints in the deployment of a sensor network is the optimization of power consumption and energy efficiency. A problem familiar to those working with embedded devices is the need to eke out every possible capability while working within a set of hard and fast constraints.

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

So What Do You Do? On the Need for a Professional Geo Identity

“So, what do you do?”—it’s the dreaded question whenever I meet someone new. Dreaded because I can’t really sum up what I do to myself, let alone to someone else. How I answer often depends on my level of investment with the person.

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Geospatial Advances Drive Big Data Problem, Solution

For thousands of years, humanity has sought to improve its ability to make decisions. Record keeping and information gathering has driven many of the innovations. Better information leads to competitive advantage on the battlefield and in the boardroom. But today, we have a truly 21st century problem: too much information. Or rather, too much data,

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Sensor Sensibility: Sensors Transform the Information Ecosystem

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Sensor Sensibility. This column will focus on a number of topics related to sensors ranging from sensor platforms to sensor data, standards to architectures. Sensors are transforming the information ecosystem, providing an opportunity for real-time data acquisition of ambient conditions.

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Vast Sensors, Big Data: Big Opportunities

Every ten years or so, we achieve a technological breakthrough that drives innovation for the next decade. We are coming out of the age of emergence of the Internet, which has seen this enabling technology move from novel to ubiquitous. By 2010, cell phones and smart phones were on the path to becoming standard, with