Synthetic Sensor Observations: Integrating Computer Simulations with the Sensor Web

M.Sc. thesis, University of Windsor (Canada), 2010, 169 pages

Daniel S. D’Alimonte

“This project creates a link between landscape simulation and the Sensor Web. SIMSENSOR is an extension to the ECO-COSM simulation modelling framework that connects to a Sensor Observation Service (SOS). It consists of a library that supports SOS communications and ECO-COSM components that turn model state into synthetic sensor measurements.

“A simulation can produce synthetic observations and insert them into an SOS, where they exist alongside actual sensor data. The use of open standards for the Sensor Web component allows interoperability with other Sensor Web systems using the SOS for exchange.

“A simple TOPMODEL-based hydrology model was built, that sent “sensor measurements” of several phenomena for a small catchment to an SOS. These results were available from the SOS within a second on average, accessible by any SOS-aware application.”