Hackable Infrastructure

NPR’s All Things Considered has a good story on the risks of your modern infrastructure and how hackable it is.  We have Smart Grids (Power) out there and under development, sewer networks, street lights, Building Information Systems (BIM), and other modern technology are all hackable.

I have posted on moving towards a unified system using “big data” systems (e.g. Teradata) that combines the current conditions of buildings, traffic, etc… using BIM, Smart Grids, and smart 3D models derived from LiDAR (ground/airborne) and other GIS/Geomatics data to a real time monitoring system.

NPR’s story brings up the point that at their inception, security was not a high enough priority for these systems and many are vulnerable for private and state espionage in a form of computer hackers.  Technology is moving forward, these combined systems of asset management will continue to progress.  As they grow and merge there needs to be a serious approach to data security.

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About Chuck Schoeneberger

Former forecaster at Meridian Environmental Technologies Inc (now a Interis Company), with a background in GIS and LiDAR, with other stints at GeoSpatial Services of Winona, MN and Aerometric (Now Quantum Spatial) of Sheboygan, WI. He is a weather technologist for public storm safety from a local to international level. LinkedIn Profile: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=25048141&trk=tab_pro His views are his own and not of his employer.
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