Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Weather Sensor in Your Pocket

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.

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