This page provides an overview of the scientific and technical projects developed at dBscale.
European Seas Observatory Network ESONET and ISOTER: This European Network of Excellence aims at setting a European infrastructure for deep-sea observation. dBscale, as partner of this project, was in charge of the GEOSS liaison and the design of the Sensor Registration Interface. This interface encodes sensor characterisitics (specifications, location, history, ownership, etc) in SensorML format. This allows for the traceability and ease of sensor searching, tracking and maintenance. The interface was designed using Java and XML technologies, in collaboration with U. Bremen/MARUM (Germany), UPC (Spain), and Ifremer (France). The ISOTER project, an activity supported regionally, aims at creating interoperable physical interfaces and an application to ocean acoustic sensing systems, in collaboration with the above institutes and the OBSEA ocean observatory. The registry developments have been handed over to a European OGC-SWE community developer. Above is a snapshot of the former home page.
Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands PLOCAN: dBscale has collaborated with PLOCAN on the definition of the Platform itself and the Deep Ocean Observatory that will be installed in 2011-2012. The Canary Island Oceanic Platform (PLOCAN) is a general marine science ad technology mobilisation initiative that seeks to obtain the international socioeconomic business competitiveness derived from access to the oceanic space. The planned work schedule establishes three periods, over a total of 15 years. The first, until December 2011, includes the construction and start-up of the platform, with a budget of €21.9 million. The specific shape of the platform, as well as other construction details will be determined by the results of a public tender process that will be called for this purpose and, therefore, all the graphic representations used for the analysis and explanation of the project are mere approximations. More info
Deep Ocean Acoustics: dBscale founder is a founding member of the Laboratory of Applied Bioacoustics (UPC Barcelona.Tech) and of the Acoustic Research Laboratory at National University of Singapore. His Ph.D. addressed passive acoustic monitoring techniques for cetacean localization. He has collaborated in several European and international initiatives on the subject. More info on founder’s former institutions and projects: Europe, Singapore .
Ocean Science Interoperability Experiment: In this project, our participation was to harmonise and map IEEE1451 and SensorML standards. Here is a short project motivation from the Oceans IE site: We are and we will be sensing the planet as never before. A report from the Institute for the Future says that by 2010 there will be more than 10,000 telemetric devices for every human in the planet. If we focus on the marine domain we could ask the following: “How are we going to share information about these devices to advance marine science and predict and prevent coastal hazards?” We propose the following plan: * Work with standards organizations to pick the best standards, exercise them and advance them to bring observation system together. * Work on and end-to-end prototype from the capturing of data from devices to the usage of these data for advance research and improve decision support systems. * Bring together organizations with SOS experience and international ocean observing systems. * Provide engineering report (best practices) that helps advance standards use to exchange marine observations