In June 2014, Valarm and Esri put on a workshop in Spain on mobile, ad-hoc, real-time sensors. There was a wide variety of participants from different European and South American countries. The full-day workshop was part of the AGILE 2014 conference hosted at Universitat Jaume I in Castellón de la Plana, part of the Valencia community in Spain.
During the morning part of the workshop covered the basics of remote environmental monitoring, sensor networks, and we discussed multiple use cases and stories where Valarm is used. The rest of the day focused on the attendee’s specific interests in sensors. Example applications of interest included using sensors to monitor electricity, water, transportation, parking, bicycles, traffic, disasters, real-time data mining, real-time analysis, weather, temperature, humidity, pressure, wind, renewable energy, human behavior, and agriculture. In other words, lots of topics! Luckily, Valarm really lets you easily and cost-effectively monitor anything, anywhere, so we were able to come up with solutions for the variety of interests.
We rapidly deployed a Valarm sensor network in the workshop with sample sensors for CO2, VOCs, temperature, humidity, pressure, and light. Each of the workshop participants interacted with the Valarm sensors. For example, they breathed on the VOC & CO2 sensors and covered the light sensor.
Once we had the real-time, live sensor data being sent over WiFi to the Valarm Tools Cloud website, we used the various web-based Valarm tools to map, graph, and analyze the geo-tagged sensor data. Then we used Valarm’s APIs to get the latest sensor data in JSON, KML, CSV, and GeoRSS formats. Workshop attendees tied this real-time sensor data into existing systems and code they had used previously.
Overall, Valarm’s first conference workshop outside of the United States was a great experience! I’m often impressed at the creative ideas people come up with for how to use Valarm in their solution. Don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Next up is the A&WMA (Air and Waste Management Association) 107th Annual Conference in Long Beach where Valarm will be helping you find solutions for your sensor needs at the Esri booth (June 24-27, 2014). After that is the Esri User Conference in San Diego, the big one! We’ll have a booth in the Startups zone and a demo station in the Esri Operations Dashboard area. We’ll also be speaking and demo’ing at several mini-events and special interest gatherings throughout the conference, see you there!