Cloud Sensors for Road and Bridge Maintenance Monitoring

Cloud Sensors for Road and Bridge Maintenance Monitoring

The use of cloud computing technologies has allowed us to take on previously inconceivable tasks. With the advent of the microservices model and its compatibility with the cloud, we’re now capable of scaling tasks to meet modern industrial needs and the steady improvement of these tasks without any downtime. The implications of these advances extend from agriculture and health services to developments in space-age tech and even construction.

The Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is a broad strokes term for making otherwise standalone devices internet-capable. IoT applications have led to every other device in our households being endowed with network capabilities, from wall clocks to even toasters. People can now monitor and at times control these devices through their smartphones.
Sensor technology has also seen development because of this. Where interfacing with different kinds of sensors once required access to proprietary software and a handle on the workings of that software, it’s now a simple task for any layman. But laymen aren’t the only ones who stand to benefit from these advances, as robust circuit design and advances in engineering and automation have both allowed us to place sensors in environments that would previously have been inhospitable and for sensors to capture a greater variety of data than what they were once capable of.
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Structural Health Monitoring and Cloud Computing

Real-time structural health monitoring is one of many tasks that are now possible because of advancements in cloud computing and IoT-based sensor monitoring. Via using technologies such as a piezoelectric sensor array, construction specialists and civil engineers can now monitor how buildings, bridges, roads, and other complex structures handle loads in different states.
Sensors can now interface with each other and provide readings in unison, allowing us to capture target measurements and analyze data in a way that lets us track complex variables like structural deterioration and damage. The fact that these sensors can be planted just about anywhere, including in remote areas that are only accessible during the construction phase (since they work wirelessly and do not require a landed connection between themselves and a central hub), means that we can now predict otherwise catastrophic events like structural collapse. Because these systems and sensors have no single physical point of failure, they are far more suited to operation in an inhospitable environment.

Tackling the problem from both ends of the spectrum | A cloud-based interface

The fact that we are now able to outsource our processing and computing needs to the cloud means that we can target remote areas and ensure easy access to data for relevant professionals.
Every aspect of a system, from its security considerations to interfacing with a backend database, can now be conducted over the cloud. Scientists and other technical professionals may now work with the relevant data through a simplified interface that does not necessarily require a background in the field of computer science.
This ease of access, and the speed that comes with porting the task of access and interface management to the cloud, make these highly critical functions less difficult to fulfil than they once would have been, especially when the limitations of classical hardware bound us. If anything, because SHM is a rapidly developing phenomenon spearheaded by advances in both hardware (with IoT) and software (with cloud architecture development), we’re likely to see a general broadening of scope when it comes to such applications within the coming years.

Frequently Asked Questions

A Microservice is the breaking up of traditionally tightly coupled application components into small specialized services that communicate through HTTPS REST and HTTPS API interfaces.
Since Microservices are small specialized services, they can be quickly and efficiently rearranged to accommodate future capabilities unknown at the present time.
Microservices are independent and modular which allows for significant flexibility in communications patterns and often prevent cascading failure.
DevOps is the combination of development and operations into a single function of software development and infrastructure management. The main priority of DevOps is the reduction of barriers to speed of delivery.
DevSecOps empowers everyone in the development process using a security focused tool set to address timely security decisions at speed and scale of each development stage. The main priority of DevSecOps is risk reduction through DevOps security accountability and governance.
Security automation in DevSecOps increases speed of code releases while reducing the risk using static application security testing (SAST), dynamic application security testing (DAST), and code dependency checking.
High business value is realized from quick and efficient response to market opportunities and challenges, optimization for innovation, and reduction of technical debt all lead to superior competitive advantage.
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Additional Cloud Sensors for Road and Bridge Maintenance Monitoring

Bridges and roads are some of the most heavily serviced and highly critical pieces of civil infrastructure, simply due to their role in the commute of thousands, and at times even tens or hundreds of thousands of people every day. Because of the nature of bridges especially and their ability to handle displacement, suspension, and physical weight, monitoring the overall deterioration a structure undergoes over time is of the utmost importance. If not because of the load they handle, bridges can also see wear and tear due to environmental factors, such as the corrosion steel suspension wires and foundational structures face because of various factors. Thus, cloud sensors for road and bridge maintenance monitoring is an economical approach with real-time monitoring for safety and structural health.

The structural health monitoring of bridges and roads, especially in real-time, has thus become one of the leading areas of research in SHM technologies. The role of cloud-based architecture and cloud technologies within the scope of this domain has been the subject of much inquiry. Research is underway worldwide, including in the United States, Italy, and South Korea, to investigate and propose strategies for these cloud implementations, and is likely to bear fruit in the coming years.

Why Choose Cloud Computing Technologies when you’re on the hunt for Civil and Government Contracts

Cloud Computing Technologies has been actively developing cloud and compliance solutions for civil engineering applications for a while now. As a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), we’re given preference in running certain contracts within the public sector. At the back of a talented team of professionals with decades of collective experience developing, deploying, and renovating cloud services suites, we intend to fully leverage this advantage and provide our clients with robust, future-oriented solutions that make the process of cloud migration quick, feasible, and most importantly, as seamless as can be.
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