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Helios: A Weather Bureau at a Hyperlocal Scale

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Helios: A Weather Bureau at a Hyperlocal Scale


February 04, 2014

By Mini Swamy, TMCnet Contributor

Every year, the U.S. averages tens of thousands of weather related accidents, resulting in the loss of men and material. Blame that on the inability of weather intelligence agencies to make timely and accurate weather observations at a hyperlocal scale. But that’s history now, because Exelis’ weather intelligence product – Helios – has been upgraded to provide accurate real-time weather data, where it matters.

Exelis, touted to be the leader in weather and image science, has added more intelligence to Helios - an updated user interface, camera network and analytics. As a result from an ‘observation-only system, it is now transformed into an intelligent environment sensor system.

Across the United States, tens of thousands of cameras monitor outdoor conditions, railroad access, security, and other activities. Helios, aggregates this network of cameras, applies Exelis image science to analyze images from these cameras, detects and tracks changing weather, and keeps everyone informed about severe weather conditions at a hyperlocal scale.

Weather data can be integrated seamlessly and quickly into existing infrastructure for weather companies and other government agencies and industries.

The existing conventional weather observation networks remain woefully inadequate when it comes to street-scale weather data. However, by integrating camera networks and syncing it with the Helios map, Exelis has given weather monitoring a real boost. Helios is stated to have added considerable value to users’ products and services.

With Helios providing users the best observation picture of current weather on local roads and travel destinations, Exelis can now provide data about what’s happening where users actually are. With modifications to Helios analytics, more realistic large-visibility changes and more accurate rain detection and surface wetness is also possible.

Recently Exelis has also integrated cameras in Oklahoma and Washington, D.C. to the Helios network, bringing more areas under the umbrella of ‘real-time’ weather data.

Edited by Ryan Sartor

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