Sensors

Early warning system pinpoints flooded roads in some states

Nearly a dozen states are using real-time, hyper-local monitoring to assess potential flooding at specific bridges or roads.

Low-cost sensors are helping communities find gaps in air quality data

Portable air sensors are helping citizen-scientists living near fracking or industrial operations collect data on volatile organic compounds -- pollutants not tracked by EPA monitors.

States use road sensors to combat treacherous ‘tire carcasses’

Sensors embedded in the pavement ahead of weigh stations alert inspectors if a truck has flat, underinflated or mismatched tires that could make it a danger on the road.

DIY guide to installing low-cost flood sensors

After sensors placed in flood-prone areas began collecting data accurate enough reduce flood risks, officials realized the setup could be adapted to any setting.

Fiber-optic internet cables could monitor earthquakes

A study provides new evidence that the same optical fibers that deliver high-speed internet and HD video to our homes could one day double as earthquake monitors.

A 'living lab' for connected vehicles

A public-private partnership in Georgia promises new insights on the infrastructure and data that smart roadways will require.

It’s not easy to give a robot a sense of touch

Understanding the physical mechanisms of touch sensing in the biological world provides great insights when it comes to designing the robotic equivalent, a smart skin. But a significant barrier for the development of smart skin is the electronics required.

Sensor could speed earthquake response

Researchers have found a way to provide reliable information about how much damage a building has sustained in an earthquake, making it easier and faster for responders to assess a building's safety and reoccupation prospects.

AF Research Lab pushes implants for biomonitoring

The Air Force Research Lab and a biosensor startup have developed an implanted sensor that would allow medical personnel to continuously monitor troops for indications of a potential illness.

AF Research Lab pushes implants for biomonitoring

The Air Force Research Lab and a biosensor startup have developed an implanted sensor that would allow medical personnel to continuously monitor troops for indications of a potential illness.

Denver builds out sensor network at schools

The network could help the city better understand the link between air quality and asthma.

Using sensors to understand temperature’s effect on the supply chain

A sensor network monitors the temperature of medicine at various points of the supply chain, from the truck to the warehouse.

An IoT safety net for misguided drivers

Arizona's Department of Transportation has connected sensors, cameras and a central command center to warn both wayward drivers and the nearby motorists the might endanger.

WiFi scanners offer inexpensive security

A Rutgers research project delivers X-ray machine-like scanning of bags for less than one-tenth the cost.

Electric grid protection through low-cost sensors, machine learning

Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a relatively inexpensive method for on-the-fly detection of attacks on power grids.

Coast Guard looks into sensors for maritime surveillance

Sensors could help expand intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance without additional staff, ships or planes.

Machine learning improves contamination monitoring

Sensors and machine learning can be as reliable as on site measurements, new research shows.