Readers of this blog are probably aware a theme that occasionally gets brought forward on this site is one belonging to Dr. Carl Reed of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). Dr. Reed likes to point out that a smartphone is not a phone - but "a sensor package." Proof of that point can be found in today's post about pressureNET, an open source software project sponsored by the University of Washington and Microsoft with a goal of leveraging smartphone technology to improve weather prediction. As envisioned, after the pressureNET software has been downloaded and installed on a smartphone, that phone will become part of what will be an ever expanding real-time pressure sensing network that can be used by meteorologists and researchers to better understand the weather. You can find out more below:
(Homeland Security Newswire, February 8, 2013)
Comment: Very cool. Another piece of a national Common Operating Picture falls into place.