Sensor technology has changed drastically over the last decade. Asset-intensive industries such as mining, distribution, and oil & gas use a large variety of sensing systems to monitor and optimize the efficiency of their operations. However, with so many different sensor types, vendors, and capabilities available on the market, this abundance of sensor data has resulted in data silos that, ironically, impede efficiency. As such, industry players are looking for ways to seamlessly and effortlessly aggregate this data so that its true value can be realized.
Rapid integration of information from diverse information sources plays a key role in responding to emergencies and disasters. The number of sources grows rapidly with the growing number of cell phones and other mobile devices, and also with the growing number of different types of sensors. Cell phones and other mobile devices all have sensors such as temperature, accelerometers, GPS, compass and wireless signal sensors that can be useful during crises. Also, more and more municipalities, businesses and homeowners