Importance of the spatial data and the sensor web in the ubiquitous computing area

Nuhcan Akçit, Emrah Tomur, Mahmut O. Karslioǧlu

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Spatial data has become a critical issue in recent years. In the past years, nearly more than three quarters of databases, were related directly or indirectly to locations referring to physical features, which constitute the relevant aspects. Spatial data is necessary to identify or calculate the relationships between spatial objects when using spatial operators in programs or portals. Originally, calculations were conducted using Geographic Information System (GIS) programs on local computers. Subsequently, through the Internet, they formed a geospatial web, which is integrated into a discoverable collection of geographically related web standards and key features, and constitutes a global network of geospatial data that employs the World Wide Web to process textual data. In addition, the geospatial web is used to gather spatial data producers, resources, and users. Standards also constitute a critical dimension in further globalizing the idea of the geospatial web. The sensor web is an example of the real time service that the geospatial web can provide. Sensors around the world collect numerous types of data. The sensor web is a type of sensor network that is used for visualizing, calculating, and analyzing collected sensor data. Today, people use smart devices and systems more frequently because of the evolution of technology and have more than one mobile device. The considerable number of sensors and different types of data that are positioned around the world have driven the production of interoperable and platform-independent sensor web portals. The focus of such production has been on further developing the idea of an interoperable and interdependent sensor web of all devices that share and collect information. The other pivotal idea consists of encouraging people to use and send data voluntarily for numerous purposes with the some level of credibility. The principal goal is to connect mobile and non-mobile device in the sensor web platform together to operate for serving and collecting information from people.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSecond International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of the Environment, RSCy 2014
ISBN (Print)9781628412765
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event2nd International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of the Environment, RSCy 2014 - Paphos, Cyprus
Duration: 7 Apr 201410 Apr 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


Conference2nd International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of the Environment, RSCy 2014


  • geospatial web
  • GIS
  • sensor web
  • spatial data
  • ubiquitous computing
  • wireless sensor network

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