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A SMART(er) Search Engine for the ‘Smart City’

June 11, 2012

Computer scientists at the University of Glasgow are participating in a new project to develop a search engine which will draw its results from sensors located in the physical world.

As the Internet continues to expand, public access to net-connected sensors such as cameras and microphone arrays is increasing. The European-funded project, known as SMART, for ‘Search engine for MultimediA Environment geneRated content’, aims to develop and implement a system to allow internet users to search and analyze data from these sensors.

By matching search queries with information from sensors and cross-referencing data from social networks , such as Twitter, users will be able to receive detailed responses to questions such as ‘What part of the city hosts live music events which my friends have been to recently?’ or ‘How busy is the city center?’ Currently, standard search engines such as Google are not able to answer search queries of this type.

Excerpt of an article at R&Dmag. Continue HERE

Search engine for MultimediA enviRonment generated contenT

Image via Scottish Sensor Systems Centre

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