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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Early sunrise above Ramona on June 6, as seen by an HPWREN camera on Mt. Woodson.

UC San Diego’s HPWREN Workshop Attracts First Responders, Scientists, Educators

Firefighters Discuss Live Streaming Video from “Virtual Fire Towers”

Published April 24, 2019 by SDSC

By Kimberly Mann Bruch, SDSC Communications

On August 6, 2018, first responders received a 911 call reporting a fire. A quick check of a set of recently deployed fixed field of view cameras confirmed the presence of smoke, immediately followed by pointing the new ALERTWildfire PTZ cameras on Santiago Peak to confirm the fire’s location within the Cleveland National Forest and its significant potential for major destruction. Notifications were sent to the applicable agencies.

June 10, 2019 Gravity waves

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 10 June 2019 13:00-15:00 four-camera animation shows gravity waves propagating across the marine layer. Gravity waves are generated when the force of gravity or buoyancy tries to restore equilibrium. Per the NWS: They are vertical perturbations in the Earth's atmosphere, a buoyant force. Think of it as ripples in a pond. Higher pressure (is) associated with downward waves, lower pressure associated with upward waves.

HPWREN Web Cameras

Recently installed 360 degree view web cameras on Signal Peak.

Signal Peak is the highest mountain peak in the San Joaquin Hills area of Orange County.

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