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The Natural Research Council has just released a detailed report that cautions about a decline in U.S. earth observation capacity. In a time of tightened budgets, many of the long-running missions are coming to a close, with follow-on missions delayed or canceled. The report follows a similar effort five years ago, with the title, “Earth […]

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The president of Iceland met with Google at a world oceans event in Singapore this year, and dialogue was started regarding the integration of fish monitoring data with Google Earth. The president sees information technology as a key to sustainability, and has been a proponent of the Iceland IT sector that have developed a number […]

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Eco Counters Track Park Patrons

by Matt Ball on April 2, 2012

The French company ECO Counter has created and deployed sensor networks to count pedestrians and cyclists in urban and natural environments. The system is made up of three parts that include a sensor to detect pedestrians or cyclists, a data logger that saves detection data, and software to analyze and share the data. The system […]

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World Water Forum Focuses on Avoiding Conflict

by Matt Ball on March 13, 2012

The World Water Forum that is taking place in Marseille, France this week aims to defuse some of the tensions around global water stress that is on the rise due to growing population, rapid urbanization, climate change, and demand for food. Concurrent with the conference is a new UN Water Development Report that provides an […]

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New Wireless Sensor Node Extends to Smartphones

by Matt Ball on February 26, 2012

There’s a new Wifi sensor node from Libelium  can collect data from distributed wirelessly connected sensors and send that data to any web server on the cloud or any smartphone. This capability extends the possibilities of the Internet of Things as it adds easy extension of sensors networks using standard protocols such as HTTP. There […]

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Gates Foundation Backs Africa Monitoring System

by Matt Ball on February 23, 2012

The Gates Foundation announced a series of grants today in Rome, including a $10 million grant to Conservation International for the creation of the Africa Monitoring System. This tracking and diagnostic system aims to holistically monitor agricultural productivity, ecosystem health, and human health with near-real-time and multi-scale data into an open-access online dashboard that policy […]

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Rhino poaching in South Africa has been increasing since 2007, with a dramatic 34% increase between 2010 and last year. To date, South Africa has been addressing the poaching problem with traditional patrols and approaches, but yesterday a high-tech approach was unveiled that includes  radar technology, perimeter detection sensors, communication monitoring, visual and thermal cameras, […]

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Archipelago Marine Research have developed a new sensor-based approach to monitor fishing activity. The company is working alongside the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF), and have outfitted a Spanish tuna fishing vessel. The video-based electronic monitoring system uses an array of sensors to monitor key fishing gear, and trigger the video cameras when it detects […]

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SmartBin, an Ireland-based sensor system that monitors the fill levels of recycling containers, and Trimble, a Calif.-based positioning technology company, have teamed to combine sensors and location for more efficient solutions for the environmental services and recycling markets. The bin sensors will be coupled with positioning technology, fleet management, asset management and other logistics and […]

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Lake Champlain Basin Gauges Get Reprieve

by Matt Ball on January 16, 2012

In a telling news story of the times, the Lake Champlain Basin monitoring program nearly lost its funding and narrowly avoided being shut down. The program has received earmarked congressional funding for NOAA and the USGS to run monitoring stations through the efforts of Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), which has recently been closed as a […]

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