Multi-modal sensor networks for more effective sensing in Irish coastal and freshwater environments
O'Connor, Edel and Smeaton, Alan F. and O'Connor, Noel E. and Regan, Fiona (2012) Multi-modal sensor networks for more effective sensing in Irish coastal and freshwater environments. In: IEEE Oceans 12, 14-19 Oct 2012, Hampton Roads, Virginia.
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The world’s oceans represent a vital resource to global economies and there exists huge economic opportunity
that remains unexploited. However along with this huge potential there rests a responsibility into understanding the effects various developments may have on our natural ecosystem. This along with a variety of other issues necessitates a need for continuous and reliable monitoring of the marine and freshwater environment. The potential for innovative technology development for marine and freshwater monitoring and knowledge generation is huge and recent years have seen huge leaps forward in relation to the development of sensor technology for such purposes. However
despite the advancements there are still a number of issues.
In our research we advocate a multi-modal approach to create
smarter more efficient monitoring networks, while enhancing the use of in-situ wireless sensor networks (WSNs). In particular we focus on the use of visual sensors, modelled outputs and context information to support a conventional in-situ wireless sensor network creating a multi-modal environmental monitoring network. Here we provide an overview of a selection of our work in relation to the use of visual sensing through networked cameras or satellite imagers in three very diverse test sites - a river catchment, a busy port and a coastal environment.
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