Geographic Information System (GIS) applications capture, store, analyze, and manage spatial information. When a desire exists for environmental information from across various locations, a GIS performs analysis on remote sensor data and displays it according to sensor geospatial locations. This method requires a user to remotely control the sensor enabled devices in order to push the sensor and GIS data for analysis. Manual methods, such as these, create inconsistent data transfer periods which may cause the system to miss important sensor data in the case of an unexpected environmental change and create inaccurate records. This also consumes labor hours required for control over the system, increasing costs of operation. When a traffic channel becomes congested, especially during times of emergency, sensors cannot transfer data through traditional communication methods. These issues prove the need for development of an automated method that operates during times of transmission congestion, and allows GIS applications to pull the data from remote devices without depending on a user to manually push the data to analysis and storage.
This automated system allows a GIS application to communicate with remote sensors at predetermined intervals via a wireless network. The system comprises a server system, remote sensors, a database, and a GIS application. The server system requests and receives data from remote sensors, processes and stores the data in a database, and displays the combined data through a GIS application to users via the internet. Data can be displayed in a map overlay to show the location of environmental data collected. The server can receive and process data at a set frequency without the need for a manual push for transmission. Sensor and server communication is across either the standard TCP/IP methods or through the use of Short Message Service (SMS). By incorporating SMS into the system, communication can remain active in times of high TCP/IP use, such as during natural disasters when communication lines reach capacity. The system also employs the option of a manual push for data.
- Utilizes SMS and TCP/IP communication and functions after TCP/IP communication reaches capacity
- Addresses complications involved in gathering data from a large number of remote devices and applies to any sensor device attached to any computing device (computer, smartphone, tablet, etc.)
- Lowers cost of collecting data
- US patent 8,909,264 available for license
- Potential for collaboration with Navy researchers