Large European communities generate significant amounts of valuable environmental observations at local and regional scales using mobile communication devices, computers and sensors which are mostly connected to the internet. These communities environmental observations represent a wealth of information which is currently unused and therefore in need for integration with other fragmented data and information sources, traditionally managed by research and educational institutions and industries.
ENVIROFI addressed these important issues by specifying the requirements, and building conceptual prototypes, of the specific enablers of the environmental usage area in the Future Internet. It brought diverse stakeholder communities together to understand environmentally observed processes with higher spatial resolutions and contextual situation awareness at an unprecedented scale.
This achievement alone could have a profound socio-economic impact in Europe and contribute to meeting the global challenges of industrial competitiveness and smart living. ENVIROFI explored the advances needed for stakeholder communities to have secure access to decentralized, interactive Internet-enabled geospatial and intelligent fusion services, using data from researchers, public authorities and the private sector, allowing participants to plug in their personalised experiments and to feedback into an Environmental Observation Web.
ENVIROFI consolidated the Future Internet requirements from the Environmental Usage Area perspective and provided important specifications and prototypes of interoperable geospatial Environmental Enablers. These were deployed in the Terrestrial, Atmospheric and Marine environments in collaboration with large stakeholder communities, and set the stage for large-scale trials in the Environmental Usage Area with a perspective of achieving sustainable socio-economic progress in Europe.
ENVIROFI has received EC research funding.