From Sensors to Sensing

posted: December 13, 2012 | author: Aaron Lawrence

Provided by guest blogger, Aaron Lawrence, Woolpert subject matter expert, Charleston

A lot of today’s entrepreneurial and creative businesses are focused on real-time information gathering or a means of creating an almost virtual immersion into particular situations. If you take a look at the geospatial industry, you’ll see a very similar trend. For the most part, the industry is broken up into different sectors—data collection, processing, visualization and data analysis/dissemination, to name a few. But the industry as a whole is moving toward something much bigger: “sensing.” This sensing ability is providing today’s decision makers with the most important tools available for effective decision making from ranging predicting Improvised Explosive Device (IED) locations to managing invasive species like the emerald ash borer.

While sensors are designed for all sorts of purposes, in general they collect data, detect or record existing conditions. Sensing, on the other hand, is the ability to process, analyze, visualize, predict and output the results of this detection. Woolpert is extremely unique in its offerings as we provide virtually all of the components required for effective sensing. We have sensors to collect data as well as data processing capability. We also have analysts who understand data, modeling/forecasting applications, data deployment capabilities and scientist and engineers capable of taking this information and making decisions from it.

Every day we are coming up with new ways to blend services and create new opportunities for sensing. In a sense (pun intended), we have forecasted and positioned ourselves in this new market before it even existed.