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A River Runs Through a Sensor Network

Posted September 27, 2007 8:07 AM

Sensors magazine reports that IBM and the Beacon Institute are designing and implementing a sensor system to environmentally monitor all 315 miles of the Hudson River in New York State. Because the amount of data acquired will be so large, the project will need advanced data gathering and processing capabilities.

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Re: A River Runs Through a Sensor Network

03/06/2012 11:44 AM

I really think they are over-engineering this thing. The US government has had contiguous sensor packages laid out over thousands of miles for over 20 years. Those systems still use the technology available at the time of development. The backend isn't really all that impressive, but it works just fine (i.e., it's cheap).

The author covers their arse though by stating "As far as I know, this will be the largest distributed sensing network for environmental monitoring yet created". Nope, it's not. The Navy's SOSUS, FDS and SURTASS (collectively IUSS) would fit that bill, (as far as I know). Through dual-use partnerships the US Navy has been working for 20 years with universities, government agencies and several other countries performing earthquake studies, marine mammal studies, and monitoring the temperature of the world's oceans.

If they really want to throw good money after bad though, I guess that is up to them. It's IBM's dime.

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