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Sensors 2011, 11(3), 2652-2699; doi:10.3390/s110302652

New Generation Sensor Web Enablement

Institute for Geoinformatics, University of Muenster, Weseler Strasse 253, 48151 Muenster, Germany
Faculty ITC, University of Twente, Hengelosestraat 99, 7514 AE Enschede, The Netherlands
52° North Initiative for Geospatial Open Source Software, Martin-Luther-King-Weg 24, 48155 Muenster, Germany
International Geospatial Services Institute, Werner-Heisenberg-Str. 73, 26723 Emden, Germany
Department of Geomatics Engineering, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4, Canada
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Received: 17 January 2011 / Revised: 15 February 2011 / Accepted: 25 February 2011 / Published: 1 March 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue 10 Years Sensors - A Decade of Publishing)
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Many sensor networks have been deployed to monitor Earth’s environment, and more will follow in the future. Environmental sensors have improved continuously by becoming smaller, cheaper, and more intelligent. Due to the large number of sensor manufacturers and differing accompanying protocols, integrating diverse sensors into observation systems is not straightforward. A coherent infrastructure is needed to treat sensors in an interoperable, platform-independent and uniform way. The concept of the Sensor Web reflects such a kind of infrastructure for sharing, finding, and accessing sensors and their data across different applications. It hides the heterogeneous sensor hardware and communication protocols from the applications built on top of it. The Sensor Web Enablement initiative of the Open Geospatial Consortium standardizes web service interfaces and data encodings which can be used as building blocks for a Sensor Web. This article illustrates and analyzes the recent developments of the new generation of the Sensor Web Enablement specification framework. Further, we relate the Sensor Web to other emerging concepts such as the Web of Things and point out challenges and resulting future work topics for research on Sensor Web Enablement. View Full-Text
Keywords: Sensor Web Enablement; SWE; OGC; sensor observation service; sensor planning service; observations & measurements; geosensor networks Sensor Web Enablement; SWE; OGC; sensor observation service; sensor planning service; observations & measurements; geosensor networks

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Bröring, A.; Echterhoff, J.; Jirka, S.; Simonis, I.; Everding, T.; Stasch, C.; Liang, S.; Lemmens, R. New Generation Sensor Web Enablement. Sensors 2011, 11, 2652-2699.

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