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OGC Sensor Web Standards and the “Smart City”

January 16, 2013 - in Column, Sensors, Smart Cities

Sensors are everywhere. There are now thousands of sensors for every human on Earth. And there will be even more thousands in the future. At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, applications that use sensors to monitor your home environment, track your…

Sensor Sensibility: Applications to Analytics, Modeling and Simulation

January 9, 2013 - in Column, Sensors

Deploying sensors in the environment provides opportunities that previously were impossible, or at least cost prohibitive. Twenty years ago, monitoring…

The “Social Network” of Machines

December 6, 2012 - in Column

The past decade has clearly been the era of social networks, with revolutionary impact on nearly everything, from social behaviour to mapping and response…

The "Social Network" of Machines

December 6, 2012 - in Column

The past decade has clearly been the era of social networks, with revolutionary impact on nearly everything, from social behaviour to mapping and response to emergency events. Associated with the rise of Facebook, Twitter and the other dominant social network…

Smarter Driving Key to Sustainable Transportation Planning

November 26, 2012 - in Feature, Featured, Transportation

In the popular mind, smarter, greener, and more sustainable transportation is generally equated with mega-projects like high speed rail, light rail, long tunnels for rail transport and, well, new subways and other versions of railway transportation. London’s…

Achieving Model-Based Design for the Smart Grid

November 12, 2012 - in Energy, Feature, Featured, Sensors

Smart Meters and SCADA Contribute a Big Data Perspective Smart meters and intelligent electronic devices provide granular data about the state of the utility network in near real-time. The availability of such data is in no small part what is making the smart…

Sewer Heat Recovery Provides Low-Cost Recycled Energy

October 24, 2012 - in Energy, Feature, Featured, Water

In every urban area, heat that humans have generated to shower, wash clothes, cook, and so on flows underground — in the sewers, making them very warm. Today, sewers represent the largest source of heat leakage in buildings. Even toilet water, which is at…

Examining the Concept of Informed Infrastructure

October 18, 2012 - in Column

While later columns will most often look at the details, I thought this first column should be devoted to the variety of concepts that might be attributed to Informed Infrastructure. Clearly it goes beyond the site’s byline of “Extending design to include…

Game On – Why Your Tween is Poised to be the Next Geospatial Super User

October 9, 2012 - in Column

Much has been written about converging threads in the geospatial arena over the past several years (6 articles in Safe’s blog alone!), whether it’s BIM and GIS, 3D and 2D, 2.5D and 2D, or even geospatial and music videos!  But over the past couple of…

Sensor Data Helps Calibrate Water Models

October 2, 2012 - in Interview, Modeling, Sensors, Wastewater, Water

Thomas M. Walski, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F. ASCE, is Bentley Systems senior product manager for Water and Sewer Products. Walski has been intimately involved with the modeling of water networks for decades, and has worked with Bentley Systems to introduce seminal…