Recent developments in sensor networks and cloud computing saw the emergence of a new platform called sensor-clouds. While the proposition of such a platform is to virtualise the management of physical sensor devices, we foresee novel applications being created based on a new class of social sensors. Social sensors are effectively a human-device combination that sends torrents of data as a result of social interactions. The data generated appear in different formats such as photographs, videos, or short texts, etc. Unlike other sensor devices, social sensors operate on the control of individuals via their mobile devices like smart phones, tablets or laptops. Further, they do not generate data at a constant rate or format like other sensors do. Instead, data from social sensors are spurious and varied, often in response to social events, or a news announcement of interests to the public. This collective presence of social data creates opportunities for novel applications never experienced before. This paper discusses three such applications utilising social sensors within a sensor-cloud environment. Consequently, the associated research problems are also presented.
Field of Research
080505 Web Technologies (excl Web Search)
Socio Economic Objective
890399 Information Services not elsewhere classified