Last week in Washington DC we had the opportunity to demo Valarm’s real-time sensor networks in front of over 3000 people at the Esri Federal GIS Conference! On stage in the keynote plenary at the Washington DC convention center, we demonstrated live sensor data being forwarded from Valarm’s cloud servers to the Esri GeoEvent Processor and Esri Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS.
The story we presented involved the National Guard being called in to carry supplies to storm victims after a natural disaster evacuation. By integrating Valarm sensors with the emergency operations center, supplies were safely transported to a supply shelter for emergency victims. In the demo we used:
- Air quality sensors – CO2 / carbon dioxide and VOCs / volatile organic compounds
- Micro-climate weather sensor – ambient temperature, relative humidity, and barometric pressure
- Light sensor – lumens / lux
- Knob sensor – triggers / switches / electrical resistance
to measure environmental factors as well as monitor a truck door opening and closing.
Team Valarm also taught two professional development workshops with Adam Mollenkopf and RJ Sunderman of the Esri GeoEvent Processor team. In the workshops the audience learned the details of how the keynote plenary presentation demo was set up using standard Android devices with the Valarm Pro app. The Android devices push data to Valarm’s cloud SaaS (Valarm Tools) via WiFi or 3G/4G over an encrypted channel.
Valarm Tools cloud server offers multiple sensor data APIs including:
Since we are primarily concerned with real-time data in the case of the Esri GeoEvent Processor, we’ve implemented a push interface which forwards the sensor data to a REST endpoint on the GeoEvent Processor in real-time.
At the conference we found great interest in Valarm from a variety of federal organizations and consultants including EPA, NOAA, Weston Solutions, and SAP. Valarm’s solutions for affordable monitoring and sensor networks along with our presentation in the keynote plenary made this conference one of our busiest yet. Next is the Esri Partner Conference and Dev Summit starting the 2nd weekend of March. We’re excited to continue growing and monitoring anything, anywhere!
The one pager with Valarm info from the conference is available here as a PDF.