esri-logoValarm and Esri will present a mobile sensors workshop at the AGILE 2014 conference on June 3 in Castellón de la Plana, Spain. Click here for full conference details.

Workshop Abstract:

More and more mobile devices enter the world every day with the majority aimed for consumer use, however there is a growing potential for commodity mobile devices (phones, tablets, mini-PCs, etc.) to be used in combination with internal and external sensors (via Bluetooth and USB) to create sensor networks and perform remote environmental monitoring, mobile data acquisition, asset tracking, and other applications around the globe.

Yesterday’s, as well as today’s, mobile devices are powerful, mobile computers with GPS that are able send data to the internet from the field in real-time from countries around the world via 3G/4G cell networks, Ethernet, and WiFi. has shown that mobile devices, as well as other widely available connector hardware, are quite capable for monitoring, measuring, and responding to environmental factors like air quality, humidity, gases, pressure, and temperature. We also show how this set of services utilizes the Esri platform on the cloud to build its business and to connect sensors to the world of geoprocessing.


Workshop topics to be covered:

  1. Examination of easily available, standard sensors that are useful for those utilizing geographic information for real-world applications.
  2. Analysis of how these sensors networks can be used: e.g., agriculture/viticulture, fleet tracking, chemical plants, office rooms, energy production/consumption, air quality, biodiversity, water quality, student projects, flood alerts, in situ mobile data acquisition, factories, school rooms & campuses.
  3. How much sensor data is enough or are we getting too much? Feeling overwhelmed by lots of data? Should you gather everything possible from the field or do you think there is a more effective solution?
  4. Show how the Esri ArcGIS Online platform plays a role in making all of this work.
  5. Takeaways and summary of how we as geographic information experts can take advantage of this growing availability of affordable and easy-to-gather real-world, real-time data.

Workshop Program (June 3, 2014):

9:30 – 11:00 | Overview of how sensor networks are being used in the real world.

  • Flood Warning Systems
  • Agriculture / Viticulture / Forestry
  • Facilities / Construction
  • Water Wells / Flow Meters / Water Usage
  • Transport / Logistics
  • Oil / Gas / Mining / Air Quality
  • Ecology / Environmental / Smart Water Monitoring
  • Other general sensors (e.g., 4-20 mA, electrical resistance)

Open discussion of rapidly deployable, industry standard, mobile sensor networks with open hardware platforms.

11:00 – 11:30 | Coffee break

11:30 – 13:00 More sensor network applications and use cases, cloud and non-cloud based. Making sensor data available in formats people use around the world, e.g., JSON, GeoRSS, KML, CSV. Bringing real-time sensor network data into Esri GeoEvent Extension for Server and ArcGIS Online (AGOL).

13:00 – 14:00 | Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 | Remote environmental monitoring, mobile data acquisition, asset / fleet tracking, and more: how much sensor data do we need? How do we map, graph and analyze it? Demo and discussion of integrating real-time sensor data with the Esri ArcGIS API for JavaScript.

15:30 – 16:00 | Coffee break

16:00 – 17:00 | Final discussion and comments – affordable sensor networks to help you be more cost-effective with your business – save time and money. Hands-on demos and development using connectors to stream real-time, geo-tagged, time-stamped sensor data from the real world to the cloud from environmental, electrical, and other sensors.



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