The High Performance Wireless Research and Education Network (HPWREN), a University of California San Diego partnership project led by the San Diego Supercomputer Center and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography's Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, supports Internet-data applications in the research, education, and public safety realms.

HPWREN functions as a collaborative, Internet-connected cyberinfrastructure. The project supports a high-bandwidth wireless backbone and access data network in San Diego, Riverside, and Imperial counties in areas that are typically not well-served by other technologies to reach the Internet. This includes backbone locations, typically sited on mountain tops, to connect often hard-to-reach areas in the remote Southern California back country.

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Sunset seen via web cam from Santiago Peak on January 8, 2019.

2018 Restoration of Big Black Mountain HPWREN and ALERTSDGE Instrumentation and Radio Relay Site

January 8, 2019

Black Mountain is a summit in the Cleveland National Forest of the Peninsular Ranges in eastern San Diego County, California, north of Ramona. It has been a key observation, relay and meteorological site for HPWREN since its early 2013 installation. The peak is measured at 4,048 feet (1,234 m), and is sometimes referenced as Big Black Mountain to distinguish it from the smaller Rancho Peñasquitos Black Mountain Open Space Park in the city of San Diego (west of I-15). Black Mountain is also home to one of the largest remaining tracts of the threatened Engelmann Oak (Quercus engelmannii).

HPWREN Live Stream - July 6, 2018 Building and West Fires

HPWREN Time Lapse or

Live Stream Videos

Fires, weather conditions, flooding, and other public safety conditions are scenarios where real-time sensor data distributions can become important aspects for situational awareness. HPWREN can now provide live feeds from most of its cameras, in addition to the post-processed videos shown at:

This was a life stream video taken on July 6, 2018 showing the Building and West Fires occurring in south San Diego County as seen via a PTZ camera on Lyons Peak.

HPWREN Web Cameras

Recently installed 360 degree view web cameras on top of Santiago Peak located north of San Diego county.

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