Geospatial IoT Insights — August 4

Ocean Floor to be Mapped by 2030. Less than 10% of the ocean floor is mapped today. General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) believes that it may take up to 50 years to map 100% of the ocean floor. However, crowdsourcing and development of new surveying technologies could speed the process up significantly. [Hydro International]

Internet of Things strategies are going from general to specialized and vertical. Many companies initially tried to approach IoT with a more horizontal perspective, hoping to find solutions that worked across multiple industries and applications. Fairly quickly, however, most have found that they need to refine and focus their efforts across many separate vertical applications in order to find success. Qualcomm, Intel and Dell are among the companies moving toward enabling vertical-specific IoT solutions. So is Planet OS, by focusing narrowly on Earth data. [recode]

Global climate models do not easily downscale for regional predictions. Climate models provide useful predictions of the overall warming of the globe and the largest-scale shifts in patterns of rainfall and drought, but are considerably more hard pressed to predict, for example, whether New York City will become wetter or drier, or to deal with the effects of mountain ranges like the Rocky Mountains on regional weather patterns. []

By 2018, the number of IoT devices will surpass mobile phones in the greatest number of connected devices, according to new figures from Ericsson. Within IoT, two major market segments with different requirements are developing: IoT connections, and critical IoT connections. Massive IoT connections are characterized by high-connection volumes, low cost, low-energy consumption requirements, and small data traffic volumes. Critical IoT connections are characterized by requirements for ultra-reliability and availability, with very low latency, such as traffic safety, autonomous cars, industrial applications, remote manufacturing, and healthcare, including remote surgery. [InformationWeek]

The Register has listed five fascinating projects that have combined sensors and data to produce actionable insights. Some of the insights are life-saving. Some are entertainment-enhancing. Some of them seem downright creepy. [The Register]

The first satellite to probe the wind globally will be launched next year. Carrying pioneering lasers, Aeolus will be making vertical slices through the atmosphere, along with information on aerosols and clouds, advancing our knowledge of atmospheric dynamics and contributing to climate research. Since Aeolus will deliver measurements almost in real time, it is also set to provide much-needed information to improve weather forecasts. []

Federal IoT spending hit nearly $9 billion in 2015. Within the IoT framework that identifies major drivers of federal IoT spending in infrastructure, software and security, it turns out that sensors and data collectors are by far the fastest growing segment, with a whopping 55.9% increase to $1.57 billion, in spending last year. [InformationWeek]

Originally published at on August 4, 2016.

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