Established: December 10, 2008

SenseWeb is a peer produced sensor network that consists of sensors deployed by contributors across the globe. It allows developing sensing applications that use the shared sensing resources and our sensor querying and tasking mechanisms. SensorMap is one such application that mashes up sensor data from SenseWeb on a map interface, and provides interactive tools to selectively query sensors and visualize data, along with authenticated access to manage sensors.

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SensorMap Demo


Description: This video demonstrates how SensorMap simplifies the temporal and spatial exploration of sensory data, using the Genepi deployment site of the Swiss Experiment project as a concrete example. First, SensorMap allows users to access the most recent readings of a weather station by a popup panel. Second, SensorMap enables exploration of historic data via time series charts. A comparison chart visualizes data for multiple sensors in one chart for direct comparison and correlation. Third, SensorMap can create contour maps for any selected sensor types in view, visualizing the spatial distribution of the sensory data. A time traveler panel allows users to go to any time point and see the spatial distribution of a particular time point. Fourth, SensorMap supports replay of contour maps over time to investigate the evolvement of an interested environmental metric over time and space. Finally, 3D support of Virtual earth allows users to see the sensor layout as well as the contour maps over 3D terrain, clearly presenting the interactions among them.


Popular Views

  • Swiss Experiment – Interdisciplinary Environmental Research (some of the sensors are protected from the public)SwissEx
  • RFP Projects for SensorMap: Browsing the Physical World in Real-Time

Data Sources





Environmental Monitoring 2.0 (Demonstration)
Sebastian Michel, Ali Salehi, Liqian Luo, Nicholas Dawes, Karl Aberer, Guillermo Barrenetxea, Mathias Bavay, Aman Kansal, K. Ashwin Kumar, Suman Nath, Marc Parlange, Stewart Tansley, Catharine van Ingen, Feng Zhao, Yongluan Zhou, in 25th International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE), Association for Computing Machinery, Inc., January 1, 2009, View abstract, Download PDF



Mobiscopes for Human Spaces
Tarek Abdelzaher, Yaw Anokwa, Peter Boda, Jeff Burke, Deborah Estrin, Leonidas Guibas, Aman Kansal, Samuel Madden, Jim Reich, in IEEE Pervasive Computing, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc., April 1, 2007, View abstract, Download PDF