NASA, Cisco develop new environmental monitor

NASA and Cisco Systems have announced they are jointly developing a new global environmental monitoring system, named Planetary Skin.

They intend the system to be an online, collaborative application that will publish in near real time environmental data collected from satellites and airborne, sea-based and land-based sensors. The site — which will be available to government agencies, private companies and the public — will also include tools for analyzing and reporting the data.

The first steps in developing Planetary Skin will be a series of pilot projects. One of the first projects will be Rainforest Skin, which will focus on the deforestation of rain forests. Developers will explore methods for building a sensor network to gather appropriate data.

The team launched a Web site — www.planetaryskin.org — March 3 that will provide additional details about Planetary Skin and the pilot projects' progress.

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Patrick Marshall is a freelance technology writer for GCN.

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