Enabling Sensor* Interoperability, Portland, Maine, October 16-18 2006: workshop proceedings

Alliance for Coastal Technologies (2006) Enabling Sensor* Interoperability, Portland, Maine, October 16-18 2006: workshop proceedings. Solomons, MD, Alliance for Coastal Technologies, (ACT 06-07, UMCES CBL 07-079)

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The ACT workshop "Enabling Sensor Interoperability" addressed the need for protocols at the hardware, firmware, and higher levels in order to attain instrument interoperability within and between ocean observing systems. For the purpose of the workshop, participants spoke in tern of "instruments" rather than "sensors," defining an instrument as a device that contains one or more sensors or actuators and can convert signals from analog to digital. An increase in the abundance, variety, and complexity of instruments and observing systems suggests that effective standards would greatly improve "plug-and-work" capabilities. However, there are few standards or standards bodies that currently address instrument interoperability and configuration. Instrument interoperability issues span the length and breadth of these systems, from the measurement to the end user, including middleware services. There are three major components of instrument interoperability including physical, communication, and application/control layers. Participants identified the essential issues, current obstacles, and enabling technologies and standards, then came up with a series of short and long term solutions. The top three recommended actions, deemed achievable within 6 months of the release of this report are: A list of recommendations for enabling instrument interoperability should be put together and distributed to instrument developers. A recommendation for funding sources to achieve instrument interoperability should be drafted. Funding should be provided (for example through NOPP or an IOOS request for proposals) to develop and demonstrate instrument interoperability technologies involving instrument manufacturers, observing system operators, and cyberinfrastructure groups. Program managers should be identified and made to understand that milestones for achieving instrument interoperability include a) selection of a methodology for uniquely identifying an instrument, b) development of a common protocol for automatic instrument discovery, c) agreement on uniform methods for measurements, d) enablement of end user controlled power cycling, and e) implementation of a registry component for IDS and attributes. The top three recommended actions, deemed achievable within S years of the release of this report are: An ocean observing interoperability standards body should be established that addresses standards for a) metadata, b) commands, c) protocols, d) processes, e) exclusivity, and f) naming authorities.[PDF contains 48 pages]

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: Enabling Sensor* Interoperability, Portland, Maine, October 16-18 2006: workshop proceedings
Corporate Creator/Author: Alliance for Coastal Technologies
Series Name: ACT 06-07, UMCES CBL 07-079
Date: 2006
Publisher: Alliance for Coastal Technologies
Place of Publication: Solomons, MD
Projects: Alliance for Coastal Technologies, CBL/UMCES
Funders: NOAA
Event Type: Workshop
Issuing Agency: University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. Chesapeake Biological Laboratory
Subjects: Engineering
Item ID: 3112
Depositing User: Kathleen Heil
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2010 03:24
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 17:51
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URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/3112

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