52°North recently held the first Geospatial Sensor Webs Conference in Münster. Over 60 sensor web researchers and practitioners met to present and discuss their ideas, use cases and solutions.
The conference is a continuation of the successful Sensor Web Workshop series, which have been in existence since 2013. The additional conference day fostered a wider scientific exchange on the status and future directions of Sensor Web standards and technologies. Pre-conference tutorials held at the Institute for Geoinformatics, University of Münster, introduced newcomers to Sensor Web Enablement (SWE) and provided practical support for implementing/deploying the 52°North Sensor Web tools.
Divers presentations illustrated not only the immense potential of Sensor Web technologies, but also their current application in a variety of domains, such as hydrology, air quality and oceanology. Participants observed an increased need for processing applications as well as eventing tools. While the download of observation data via the SOS is already well established, new technologies (e.g. the OGC Pub/Sub specification) have the potential for a new, extended set of applications. Additional technologies for facilitating the deployment of Sensor Web components, such as Docker, are receiving increasing attention.
After such a successful 2016 conference edition, the 52°North team already looks ahead to plan the next 2017 event.