International Arctic Monitoring

SensorUp SensorThings API Platform for International Arctic Monitoring

SensorUp provided the IoT platform to combine data from weather and monitoring stations throughout the Arctic, and the web portal used to access the reported data.

Public Data Access

SensorUp provided a platform installation, and a custom-developed web application for data exchange, analysis, and universal access. The application combines datastreams in a single data model, database, and server. Data are output to a single, geospatial portal.

The system created by SensorUp is able to take the wealth of information collected by the international stations and present it simply and accessibly. Data can be explored by everyone, including the general public, using built-in mapping and analysis capabilities.

SensorUp SensorThings API Platform

SensorUp SensorThings API Cloud acts as the bridge allowing devices to interact with each other, and with 3rd-party web applications. In this case, the devices are the multiple sensors at each weather station throughout the Arctic. SensorUp provided the cloud, server, and connection services.

SensorUp’s SensorThings API Platform is the world’s first ISO/OGC standards-compliant and geospatial-enabled Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) for the IoT.

The SensorUp SensorThings API integrates hundreds of disparate sensing systems into a coherent “IoT System of Systems”.

Single access point for international, disparate environmental monitoring data, combining information from eight nations, and hundreds of monitoring stations

Public access to data in near real time, at 5-star open data levels, allowing government departments to provide information to the public

Easy-to-use portal featuring built-in mapping and analytics capabilities

Months-long data entry, assembly, and analysis workflows reduced to a series of clicks

Quick turn around time: 2 months from initial contract to full implementation in operational use

Arctic Environmental Monitoring Program

The Arctic is experiencing accelerating environmental change (ACIA 2005, Post et al. 2009, Wassman et al. 2011, Ford et al. 2012) due to global warming and increasing human activity.

Environmental monitoring programs are key to understanding interactions and feedback among the different components of the Arctic ecosystem (physical, biological, and human). These must be understood to inform programs and policy development (SEARCH 2005, Murray et al 2010, Perovich et al. 2012), as well as inform disaster management, resource exploration, and community development.

Natural Resources Canada’s mandate includes monitoring the Arctic through a network of weather stations. Counterpart organizations in other Arctic nations do the same. The result is a huge international network of disparate sensors, and a wealth of diverse sensor data.