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Sensors 2013, 13(10), 13402-13424; doi:10.3390/s131013402

GeoCENS: A Geospatial Cyberinfrastructure for the World-Wide Sensor Web

Department of Geomatics Engineering, University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4, Canada
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Received: 8 August 2013 / Revised: 29 August 2013 / Accepted: 26 September 2013 / Published: 2 October 2013
(This article belongs to the Section Remote Sensors)
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Abstract

The world-wide sensor web has become a very useful technique for monitoring the physical world at spatial and temporal scales that were previously impossible. Yet we believe that the full potential of sensor web has thus far not been revealed. In order to harvest the world-wide sensor web’s full potential, a geospatial cyberinfrastructure is needed to store, process, and deliver large amount of sensor data collected worldwide. In this paper, we first define the issue of the sensor web long tail followed by our view of the world-wide sensor web architecture. Then, we introduce the Geospatial Cyberinfrastructure for Environmental Sensing (GeoCENS) architecture and explain each of its components. Finally, with demonstration of three real-world powered-by-GeoCENS sensor web applications, we believe that the GeoCENS architecture can successfully address the sensor web long tail issue and consequently realize the world-wide sensor web vision.
Keywords: GIS; sensor web; cyberinfrastructure; data interoperability; open geospatial consortium; sensor observation service GIS; sensor web; cyberinfrastructure; data interoperability; open geospatial consortium; sensor observation service
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Liang, S.H.; Huang, C.-Y. GeoCENS: A Geospatial Cyberinfrastructure for the World-Wide Sensor Web. Sensors 2013, 13, 13402-13424.

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