The Promise of Sensor Web Enablement

Sensor web enablement on mine environmental monitoringIn a January, 2009 article in SA Instrumentation & Control, the promise of the semantic web is shown using a mining industry example. By implementing freely available tools and services, this case study illustrates the benefit of interoperability, combining multiple data streams in a single interface. Partially based on the tools developed by OOSTethys, this system presents data and graphs in a user-friendly web-accesible search engine.

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Sensor Web Enablement (OGC SWE 2007) is an OGC (Open Geospatial Consortium) initiative that has seen several standards and specifications emerge for describing sensors, encoding observation data and making these data available via standard web service interfaces. SWE will facilitate the discovery, exchange and processing of sensor observations. SWE promises to make a multitude of sensors and their observations available on the Web. Together with OGC Web Processing Services (WPS) SWE will exploit distributed computing to fuse and integrate these data through real-time service- chain composition to generate up-to-date, dynamic and accurate information products that have been difficult, costly or impossible to access before. Any sensor can potentially participate in the sensor web, from an in situ borehole water quality sensor to a satellite remote sensor to a human visual observation or questionnaire.
Every component within the scope of a Sensor Web intervention is standards-based. Therefore, perhaps the most beneficial outcome of SWE is interoperability.
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